Jen Long, DJ and BBC Radio 1 presenter Abbie McCarthy and Mercury nominated band The Big Moon (pictured) have been announced for DICE’s forthcoming Girls Music Day.
The music careers event takes place this Saturday (28 April) in London, and aims to empower young women ‘to strive for music careers in a male-dominated industry through a series of hands-on workshops and panel discussions.’
On the day, there will be talks, Q&As, specialist workshops and a discussion panel featuring Alison Donald (Kobalt), Lizzie Dickson (Youtube) and music editor Leonie Cooper.
Songwriter Jess Sharman (SheWrites) will share her insight of writing hit songs, Abbie Mccarthy (BBC Introducing, Radio 1 DJ) will host a live demo clinic, while Noisey’s UK editor Tshepo Mokoena will lead a workshop for anyone looking to land their first job or internship in music.
Meanwhile, budding producers can learn the tricks of the trade from K Minor and Katie Tavini (Normal Not Novelty) who will present a workshop taking in everything from the differences between engineering and mastering, to tips on how to produce your own tracks.
DJ and host Jen Long said: ‘I’m excited to host Girls Music Day this year, especially with it being such a momentous year of women fighting to be heard.
‘In 2018, the lack of female figures within our industry is shocking, especially with the discouraging gender diversity in this year’s festivals. The main purpose is to engage and inspire the young people attending to work in music, to help them develop their career plans, and to bring up the next generation who will help push for equality in the industry.
‘We’ve got an astonishing collection of speakers this year all offering great advice on that first stepping-stone into music. We’d urge all girls to get involved’.
The event, now in its fourth year, was launched in 2016 to promote gender equality within the UK music scene. Previous speakers include Laura Marling, Rae Morris and Jamz Supernova.
Anyone who is 16 to 24 years old and identifies wholly or partially as a woman or non-binary person can apply to attend to the free event here.