Abbey Road announce Equalise International Women’s Day festival

The virtual event will include masterclasses, mentoring sessions and panels

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Abbey Road has announced Equalise International Women’s Day Festival, which will take place in the week leading up to the annual day that focuses on women’s rights. 

Last year, the team behind the iconic recording studio launched the Equalise programme in a bid to provide the tools, knowledge and support needed to help more womxn join the music industry. 

According to a press release, less than five percent of music producers and engineers working in the music industry at present are women. 

The Equalise IWD festival will take place virtually and will run from March 1-8. Across the week, it will feature a series of free talks, panels, masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring sessions, led by female industry leaders and rising talent. 

Baby Queen, Hamzaa, Kali Claire and CLOVES will take part in a panel titled ‘Becoming An Artist’, sharing their experiences of the music industry so far. Georgia, Shura, Cosha and Hannah V, meanwhile, will discuss ‘The Path To Production’ and share advice for up-and-coming young female producers. 

The mentoring sessions will see women from roles across the industry hold one-to-one chats with those looking to enter into the industry and get advice on their career paths. 

To see the full festival programme, visit Abbey Road’s website

In a press release, Abbey Road Studios’ Managing Director Isabel Garvey said: “2021 already feels like a brighter, more optimistic year, so it’s exciting to see so many of our friends coming together to inspire the next generation as part of our Abbey Road Equalise virtual festival for International Women’s Day. 

“I’m thrilled that we’re able to extend the week beyond panel discussions and masterclasses, with one-to-one mentoring for those who want to understand the roles beyond music production and engineering, too. I’m looking forward to when we can bring everyone together in person to further this agenda.” 

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