Festival Republic have launched ReBalance Celebrates International Women’s Day, taking place at Islington’s Union Chapel on Sunday 8 March this year, offering a chance for newcomers to meet women in the music industry. Nilüfer Yanya has also been announced to give a very special performance, alongside ReBalance acts Martha Hill, and Tamzene.
ReBalance began as a pioneering 3-year programme that launched in 2017, which has now expanded into an additional 3 years, offering 5 day’s studio time to a core female or female identified artists each month in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, as well as a slot at a Festival Republic or Live Nation Festival. So far, there has been 300 nominations across 6 rounds, resulting in 19 finalists, and have seen live performances at The Great Escape, Wireless, Latitude, and Reading & Leeds Festivals.
ReBalance Celebrates International Women’s Day invites those wanting a career in music to meet women in the industry. Make connections with pros in their field that can offer their advice through one to ones and networking opportunities plus educational talks to encouraging words of wisdom, this is the chance to meet women in the industry who have experienced the professional music world across all kinds of sectors – from management to agents, promoters to marketers, riggers to stage managers, and beyond! Missed out on speed networking? Not a problem as the day will end with drinks giving attendees extra face time with some of the speakers.
Women from Festival Republic, Live Nation, Academy Music Group, Big Scary Monsters, Sony Music, MAMA, Ogle Hog, Metropolis, Melody VR, National Merchandise, BBC, Safe Gigs for Women, and PRS Foundation will be in attendance, with many more to be announced.
The ReBalance team said:
“We are incredibly proud of what ReBalance has achieved, so it only made sense to take the scheme further by hosting an event on International Women’s Day for those who want to meet women in the industry. Aimed at newcomers or if you’re just curious, this event is the chance to learn from the brightest stars and pick up some tips. Lack of female representation in music is an industry wide issue, and we want to level it.”
Nilüfer Yanya has been announced to give a very special performance at Union Chapel that evening, supported by Martha Hill, and Tamzene which have come through the ReBalance programme. Nilüfer Yanya is a West-London singer who combines influences from indie rock to soul, jazz, and trip-hop. Her debut album Miss Universe came out last year to critical acclaim and was named one of the best albums of the 2019 by the likes of Pitchfork, NME, and more. Supporting her is the hard-hitting alt-pop of Martha Hill that has been noticed by BBC Introducing, and Later With Jools Holland, as well as singer-songwriter Tamzene who was discovered busking on the streets of Scotland with her heart-stopping songs, and has played some of the UK’s biggest festivals.