Electronic Glasgow: DJ/Producer Workshops

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Electronic Glasgow are running an education programme in collaboration with a number of partners which will be FREE and open to all. The EG Hub will take place at The Space Community Arts Space.

Events include:

Hack the Music Industry – A workshop from Hip Hop DJ/Producer & Radio presenter Steg G

DJ, Producer, Social Media & Mental Health – A workshop hosted by DJ/Producer Rebecca Vasmant

Ableton for Beginners/DJ/Sampling – make a tune from anything and Synth Jam workshops by Matt Lygate

Discussion on challenges faced by disabled clubbers – Hosted by Michael McEwan

Music Industry Chat – A talk by Groove City’s Michelle Harkness

Reach Out Room - Open discussion on any issues related to clubbing

Record Label fayre featuring Invisible Inc & Made In Glasgow Recordings amongst others

Open deck sessions

You can find the Facebook event HERE.

The events take place 17 & 18 October.

SHE SINGS

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SHE SINGS aims to give young women in Renfrewshire an opportunity to express their artistic identity, share ideas, develop songwriting skills and to be empowered in a supportive environment that nurtures talent and offers a safe space for creativity to flourish.

This project has a wider aim of challenging the gender gap in the music industry as well as creating a sustainable collective of women who support each other through music.

Throughout the workshops, songwriters will take part in:

·      group discussions around our experiences as women in the Industry

·      short creative exercises to offer new approaches to writing

·      performance & confidence building workshops

·      collaborative work

·      writing to a brief

There will also be social opportunities to attend gigs together and to build on this idea of a collective.

The workshops will be informal and relaxed but with a focus on making the most of our time together- working to deadlines & really developing our writing!

SHE SINGS is dedicated to being fully inclusive. We will do everything we can to make sure you feel supported at workshops. We are trans and non binary inclusive. Workshops are open to those with songwriting experience & to those who want to begin their songwriting journey.

There are 8 places available for this round.

For more info & to apply please visit: https://forms.gle/xHJXU6YbdJA619YMA

Meet The SWIMmer: Karlyn King

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We continue our series meeting the women behind SWIM and our members.

Today we meet Karlyn King. A lecturer and Team Leader for SWIM’s education working group

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE WITHIN MUSIC AND THE INDUSTRY?

I am a Popular Music academic, lecturer and PhD researcher.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN MUSIC?

I started playing guitar and singing when I was 14 and have toured the UK with a few Scottish indie pop bands. I then did a Masters in Music and started lecturing around 3 years ago all over the UK as a freelancer. I am also half way through a PhD in Music.

WHAT OR WHO INFLUENCED YOU TO WORK IN MUSIC?

I was inspired by the liberal attitudes of grunge and punk bands, particularly riot grrrl bands, when I was at school. I was also inspired by my dad's love of rock music and was given a wealth of music biography books as my early education. These stories of women like Janis Joplin were fascinating in terms of her life journey and her artistry.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE LOOKING TO WORK IN MUSIC?

It is all about your network. I still utilise my network from my Masters to this day. Talk to people, reach out to them, show that you are pro active and make strong connections.

PLEASE NAME ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGE OR IMPROVE IN MUSIC FOR WOMEN

In my academic work, I still see an imbalance in music performance, production and songwriting. Historically, trailblazing women have been obscured in all of these fields. These women need to be celebrated, studied and considered role models for addressing this imbalance.

KARLYN KING WEBSITE | KARLYN KING INSTAGRAM

Meet The SWIMmer: Emily Doolittle

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We continue our series meeting the women behind SWIM and our members.

Today we meet Emily Doolittle. A composer, researcher & educator and one of our SWIM members.

Please introduce yourself

I'm a composer, researcher, and educator, originally from Canada, and now based in Glasgow, where I'm an Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

What is your role within music and the industry?

I'm a composer, researcher, composition teacher, and supervisor

How long have you been working in music?

I started teaching piano when I was 13, so 33 years!

What or who influenced you to work in music?

My early music teachers were a huge influence on me. I don't remember really deciding to go into music, it just happened!

What advice would you give to anyone looking to work in music?

Work on developing a good natured stubbornness, and don't let setbacks set you back. Try to build up the whole music community, and not just yourself and your own career. Find great people to work with -- not just good musicians, but also good people.

Please name one thing you would like to see change or improve in music for women

I think we're actually in a time of tremendous growth and opportunity for women in music, and I'd like to see these changes stay!

EMILY DOOLITTLE WEBSITE | EMILY DOOLITTLE TWITTER | RCS PROFILE


Bad Gals Singing Club


One of our excellent members Beth Black has started Bad Gals Singing Club!

A laid back choir for like-minded people who spend their days smashing the patriarchy. Join them for a cup of tea and time to sing away your frustrations. Current repertoire includes hits from Grace Petrie, Lucy Dacus, Le Tigra and many more to come. All ages. All abilities. All welcome.

You can also find more information via their private Facebook group HERE

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Members Section & Database Launch

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SWIM is delighted to announce the official launch of our members section! It’s been some time in the making but we now have a private section for our paying membership.

For those new to our charity and organisation, Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) is a collection of music creators and industry professionals who identify as female. Membership is comprised of women working in all areas and genres of music, who are committed to achieving a level playing field for women, pushing for gender equality across the music industry.

Membership costs £5 per year and as a member you will receive the following:

  • Access to our member database. You will be able to gain contacts and network with music industry women in our membership.

  • We will advertise any events you are involved in (no matter what industry capacity) to our website and advertise on our socials.

  • You will have access to working team developments, SWIM meeting minutes, projects and more as they happen.

You can sign up for SWIM HERE via our online form.

You will then be issued a unique password to gain access to our members section.

We wanted to create a database to network women in the music industries. This creates positives e.g. women in rural areas networking with one another, highlighting & building diversity through our network and also creating working relationships and projects. This is just the tip of the iceberg!

We look forward to the journey ahead.

If you have any questions, please email scotwim@gmail.com

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Meet The SWIMmer: Iona Fyfe

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We continue our series meeting the women behind SWIM and our members.

Today we meet Iona Fyfe. A Scottish folksinger and one of our SWIM members.

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

I am Iona Fyfe, a folksinger from Aberdeenshire, based in Glasgow.

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE WITHIN MUSIC AND THE INDUSTRY?

I studied Traditional Music at The Royal Conservatoire Scotland and work as a National Director of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN MUSIC?

Working is tricky to define, my first live performance was at Keith Festival when I was six and my first paid folk club booking when I was in my early teens. Whilst I was studying, to strike a balance, I pursued professional work. I recorded by debut album, Away From My Window and toured extensively with my band across the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Australia and Canada.

WHAT OR WHO INFLUENCED YOU TO WORK IN MUSIC?

I began attending traditional festivals and sing rounds at an early age, and was inspired by tradition bearers and singers of the North East. Growing up in the ballad-heartland of Aberdeenshire, I was surrounded by place names and locations which related to the ballads. I think I was equally inspired by landscape and location as I was by the brilliant singers I was surrounded by.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE LOOKING TO WORK IN MUSIC?

Try not to compare yourself with other musicians and artists, focus on yourself and celebrate your own achievements instead of comparing your achievements to others.

PLEASE NAME ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGE OR IMPROVE IN MUSIC FOR WOMEN

I’d like to see more venues and festivals booking female musicians. Some folk festivals are still heavily male dominated, but will book a “token” female, often a singer, to try to balance it out. But it still isn’t balanced at all.

Meet The SWIMmer: Nadia Freeman

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We continue our series meeting the women behind SWIM and our members.

Today we meet Nadia Freeman. A producer and musician and one of our SWIM members.

Please introduce yourself

Hello my name is Nadia Freeman (artist name Miss Leading).

What is your role within music and the industry?

I produce electronic music accompanied by song and spoken word

How long have you been working in music?

I have been making music for the last two years

What or who influenced you to work in music?

I have been really influenced by living in Edinburgh an art loving city and the freedom to be weird. My genre of music varies a lot and comes about through experimentation and exploration of sound. Vocally I have recently been training in jazz vocals which is why my hooks sometimes sound that way and I have been on the spoken word circuit for six years so that is will always bring in a strong foundation to my lyrics.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to work in music?

I am still learning how to navigate the music industry myself but it seems like committing time to making music and taking risks to put yourself out there is a good start.

Please name one thing you would like to see change or improve in music for women

It would be nice if it was clearer about where opportunities are as well as more opportunities to meet other female musicians who would like to collaborate or put on events and a stronger focus on intersectionality and the inclusion of minority groups.

Meet The SWIMmer: Hilary Brooks

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We continue our series meeting the women behind SWIM and our members.

Today we meet Hilary Brooks. Our board chair and also a director, musician and songwriter.

Please introduce yourself

Hello, my name is Hilary Brooks. I am a professional musician from Glasgow. I trained at the RSAMD, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland but mostly I learnt my skills from living a life steeped in writing and performing music.

What is your role within music and the industry?

I am a musical director & arranger working mainly in theatre, a composer commissioned by theatre, tv and film companies and a pianist.

How long have you been working in music?

Since I was 16 - over 40 years.

What or who influenced you to work in music?

My Mum was a great influence as she played classical piano too and my Dad loved listening to jazz, blues and folk music so we often spent holidays at festivals or going to concerts. My greatest influence came at a seminal moment in my life; after playing for 6 or 7 years when I was 14 I started with a new piano teacher, Betty Emslie-Smith, who became my mentor. She helped to shape my understanding of what music could be, offered an extensive course in the history of music and fostered in me a deep love of playing.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to work in music?

Enjoy it and expect it to be challenging. Work hard and make sure you are tooled up and ready to embrace every opportunity that comes your way. Be prepared to learn on the job.

Be resilient, trust your own instincts. Be polite in all working environments. Build true friendships in the arts and out. Be true to yourself.

Please name one thing you would like to see change or improve in music for women

Removing conscious and unconscious gender bias across all industries would be lead to fairer representation and a more interesting world.

Welcome To SWIM

Welcome to SWIM - Scottish Women Inventing Music.

SWIM is a network/community of music creators and industry professionals who identify as female. We welcome non-binary, trans, queer women. We are ALL inclusive. 


Membership is comprised of women working in all areas and genres of music, who are committed to achieving a level playing field for women, pushing for gender equality across the music industry. This includes musicians, DJs, industry, composers, photographers, journalists, tech - basically all-encompassing.