We’re really excited to tell you all about The World is Listening, a fantastic project launched to raise the voices of women in music.
The World is Listening is a community celebrating women in music, including a website, podcast and live events.
This project started as a response to a statistic published by PRS in 2010, that 14% of their members are women. (The PRS is the Performer’s Rights Society in the UK, it’s members are composers and songwriters. PRS collects license fees from anyone broadcasting music to the public, then distributes that among the composers, these payments are commonly known as royalties.)
Here at The World is Listening we believe music is for all people, so we aim to celebrate and recognise those women working in the industry, provide support for those who want to, and embark on starting the conversation to ask ‘why?’ of the gender gap.
I would like to invite you to get involved in the conversation about the lack of women working in the music industry, in any way that excites you, whether it’s sharing The World is Listening in the press or with friends, coming to our events, or following us online. You can get more involved by writing content to contribute to the site, researching and auditing information about women in music, or getting involved making the podcast or putting on public events!
The World is Listening’s first event is the launch at Rise record store in Bristol, on Sunday 8th March (International Women’s Day) at 2.30pm. The event is free and will feature live music by Lori Campbell and Beth Porter, we are also hosting a panel discussion with the topic “Where are all the women?” featuring guest speakers Emma Hooper, Kayla Painter and Rita Lynch. You can find out more about the event and the guests on our website or on the Facebook event.
Or to cut straight to the fun, listen to our podcast online!