For International Women’s Day, BIMM Brighton hosted a Music Matters Q&A, discussing gender parity in music, and publicising the World Economic Forum #pledgeforparity campaign.
The event was hosted by students Kristy and Chelsie, who welcomed a diverse panel:
Chris Burns – Head of Group Operations at BBC Radio.
Bellatrix – Musician, songwriter, world-champion beatboxer, and a member of Beatbox Collective who spends much of her time on tour.
Vicky Warwick – Bassist for Charli XCX, as well as a talented session player working with Gabrielle Aplin, Guy Chambers and Xenomania.
Diane Wagg – Owner of Deluxxe Management and Ideal Music Productions and is Co-Chair of the Music Manager’s Forum (MMF).
The panellists discussed industry discrimination, with Chris and Diane sharing disturbing stories of workplace sexism in their early careers. Both felt the intensity of sexism had reduced, with Chris crucially reminding everyone to always keep equality of women in the workplace in their minds.
Vicky discussed unique issues that women in the industry face, pointing out the relatively small number of women in bands and potentially greater difficulty for them in getting bookings while Diane commented on the scarcity of female engineers and technicians.
An excellent question to the panel was:
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
On the topic of sexuality and subverting sexist stereotypes:
An inspiring concept to take away from the event came from Chris:
We’re proud to support all our undergraduates at BIMM to get where they want to be, finding good opportunities and always having a fair chance to do their best. Hopefully this panel helped to inspire more of them to make that a reality.
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