Kinning Park Complex

Kinning Park Complex will host a daytime event with two panels, a speed mentoring session and a special award presentation. There will be a creche available and lunch for full day ticket holders. 


Friday’s timetable will run as follows:


10.45am: welcome to swim with hilary brooks


12.30: LUNCH (included in day ticket purchase)






Making Waves: Programme For Change

The first panel, Making Waves: Programmes For Change will discuss ways in how we can achieve equality in the music industries.

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Panel Host: Fiona Shepherd (journalist)

Fiona Shepherd is an established music journalist, based in Glasgow, where she has been attending gigs for the past 35 years and writing about the local and wider music scene since 1990. She is the chief rock and pop critic of The Scotsman, and also writes for Scotland On SundayThe List and Edinburgh Festivals magazine. She is co-founder and co-director of Glasgow Music City Tours, which offers guided music themed walking tours round the UK's first UNESCO City of Music.


jess partridge (KEYCHANGE)

Jess is the project manager of Keychange – which comprises of a talent development programme for women across Europe and a gender balance pledge which has seen over 120 festival commit to have a 50/50 line-up by the year 2022. Alongside developing Keychange Jess is also the editor of London’s best gig guide – London in Stereo, a monthly print magazine with a distribution of over 16,000.

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Blue Kirkhope (Scottish music industry association)

Over the past 5 years Blue has primarily been working with well-known independent record labels based out of their London offices, including the Beggars Group affiliated Matador Records as Label Coordinator before her PR & Marketing Manager role at Erased Tapes Records where she worked with a range of established artists worldwide during her time south of the border. Originally a Glasgow native, she has first-hand experience within Scotland’s music scene helping to nurture and publicise local talent. She has since returned to home soil with a wealth of experience to help Scotland’s music industry excel, and now represents the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) as Projects and Programmes Coordinator and helps run the annual national prestigious music prize the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award. 


Hailing from Glasgow, Caroline developed an immense and eclectic passion for music from a young age – both to listen to and to perform having played piano, guitar and sang from an early age.

She completed the Music Industry Management at Stow College and laterally, graduated in Commercial Music at Paisley University (now UWS) she had worked at every possible music industry event and was busy co-promoting a popular residency at the legendary Sub Club (Glasgow).

Caroline spent some years working in various studios and learning the ropes in the recording and rehearsal studio side of operations, and also ran busy events services as part of these positions allowing her to cut her teeth in the logistics and touring side of the industry. 

More recently, Caroline worked for Glasgow based company No Half Measures which boasts a host of prominent Scottish artists on their roster.  Caroline has been with the MU since 2014, initially as Regional Office and now resides permanently as the MU’s Regional Organiser for Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Siobhan is a Music Officer at Creative Scotland-the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works and visits there by distributing funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Specialising in traditional music, she works with artists and organisations to support recordings, touring, festivals, showcases, multi-arts venues and research and development, as well as offering industry sector support. Her background is in performance, but she has also worked on music festivals and tutored with educational organisations including Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop.



DJ, promoter and co-founder of club night and collective OH141 has been pivotal in driving change in Glasgow’s clubbing scene. OH141 started as a club night, the collective has been working hard to make clubbing more diverse, transformative and inclusive for women, people of colour and members of the LGBTQI+ community. Wild’s club nights and sets have gained an incredible reputation.



The second panel, Role Models, will take place looking at who or what inspired these “role models” to pursue music and their prospective fields. It will also look at what challenges they have faced and more.

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Panel host: Janice forsyth (BBC/Journalist)

Broadcaster and writer, Janice Forsyth, worked in the arts before writing for newspapers and presenting and producing many TV and radio programmes for BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She currently hosts Radio 4’s Opening Night, as well as The Afternoon Show, Proms in the Park and Edinburgh Festival coverage for BBC Radio Scotland. She is developing a global online platform for Scottish culture.


Diljeet bhachu (musician)

Diljeet is a PhD research candidate in Music at the University of Edinburgh, funded by the AHRC through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. Prior to this, Diljeet completed an MSc in Applied Educational and Social Research and a BA in Applied Music, both at the University of Strathclyde. While there, she developed an interest in music education, completing two research projects looking at memorisation skills, performance anxiety and performing, teaching and learning experiences. Diljeet also works as a freelance musician, and is a practitioner and researcher in inclusive arts settings. Her PhD will draw on the influence of her practice, to explore and develop the use of community music principles for Primary classroom music activities that are accessible to all learners and teachers. Research interests include inclusion, and diversity in music education and the wider music industry.

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lesley shaw (celtic connections)

Lesley is the Producer at Celtic Connections and co-ordinates all logistics and advancing. She has worked for the festival for 15 years and is also Tour Manager for Treacherous Orchestra and the Grit Orchestra. She also works on the Piping Live Festival and the Heb Celt Festival.  In addition to her current work, she’s also back at university studying for an MSc in International Tourism and Events Management.


jill rodger (glasgow jazz festival)

Jill joined Glasgow International Jazz Festival as Administrator at the beginning of 1990 – in the lead up to the Festival’s part in “Glasgow – European City of Culture”.

After 5 years in administration at a Scotch Whisky distillers this was a “baptism of fire” into the world of music events – and jazz in particular – the first gigs she worked on were Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, BB King, Maynard Ferguson – with many many more over the next 3 decades including Pat Metheny, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea Tony Bennett, Michel Legrand, George Benson, Elvin Jones, Nat Adderley and countless others.

With promotion to General Manager in 1998 and then Festival Director in 2005 she has been at the helm of Glasgow’s longest running music festival for almost 15 years.  The 33rd Festival will take place in June 2019 and will be Jill’s 30th consecutive Jazz Festival.


AARTI JOSHI (Head of Marketing & Communications - DF Concerts / Promoter & DJ - Pretty Ugly Club / Co-Manager - The LaFontaines)

With over 18 years of experience, Aarti heads up the DF Concerts & Events Marketing and Communications team. She has a varied skill set including marketing, PR, crisis communications and sponsorship and a real passion for the events industry in Scotland. 

During her time at DF,  Aarti has headed up successful campaigns for the likes of  TRNSMT, T in the Park, The Papal Mass, Edinburgh & Glasgow Summer Sessions  and the Ryder Cup Gala Concert. Day to day, she is responsible for the successful marketing of all of DF’s brands from King Tut’s to TRNSMT and everything in between, totalling approx. 800 shows per year across various venues in Scotland.

During her time in PR, she worked with some of Scotland’s major brands including Barr’s, Fopp, Tennent’s Lager and Edinburgh Fashion Festival as well as various projects with VisitScotland. 

As well as her day job at DF Concerts, Aarti also manages one of Scotland’s most successful live acts – The LaFontaines and is promoter and DJ at one of Glasgow’s longest running alternative and female fronted club nights, Pretty Ugly.

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A founding member of critically acclaimed Scottish band The Delgados, Emma Pollock co-wrote and shared lead vocal duties on the 5 studio albums the band released between 1995 and 2005. 2000’s album ‘The Great Eastern’ was awarded a Mercury nomination.

In 1995 Emma co-founded influential Glasgow record label Chemikal Underground and in 1997 co-founded recording studio Chem19 with the band, both of which continue to run today.

Following The Delgados’ split in 2005, Emma became a solo artist and has since released 3 solo albums; ‘Watch The Firewoks’ (4AD) in 2007, ‘The Law Of Large Numbers’ (Chemikal Underground) in 2010 and ‘In Search of Harperfield’ (Chemikal Underground) in 2016.

In addition to these records released, she has also taken part in many collaborative projects; most notably The Burns Unit featuring amongst others King Creosote & Karine Polwart, which resulted in 2010’s debut album for the band ‘Sideshow’ and a ‘Later With Jools Holland’ appearance.

2010 also saw the formation of The Fruit Tree Foundation with Rod Jones (Idlewild), a project commissioned by the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival to promote awareness of mental health issues within the music industry by producing an album of new material written by 8 Scottish songwriters.

Emma also regularly works with Glasgow organisation Vox Liminis, which arranges songwriting workshops in Scottish prisons and is due to release its debut album of original material in May 2018.

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Rose McDowall has a long history in music, beginning in post-punk group The Poems before finding chart success with Strawberry Switchblade. She subsequently recorded with Sorrow and most recently under her own name.



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Scottish composer, music educator and music writer, Janet Beat will be presented a special lifetime achievement award. Janet is one of the women pioneers in electronic music composition in Great Britain. Following this presentation, the Janet Beat Award will become a recognised SWIM award for future Scottish women in music and will be presented every year to a special recipient.



Jonathan TaitSolicitorBTO Solicitors LLP

Jonathan has several years of creative industry experience working alongside companies such as MTV, BBC, Scot FM, WF Management, Total-Rock, lecturing at Jewel & Esk Valley College and latterly running a host of specialist creative courses across the UK as well as working directly with artists as an Artist Manager, Tour Manager and Consultant.

 After retraining as a Solicitor with a specialist knowledge of intellectual property protection and exploitation, data protection and media & entertainment law, Jonathan offers clients the rare advantage of combining legal knowledge with hands-on experience across the sector.

 Jonathan will offer any legal advice during Thursday afternoon.


A speed mentoring session will take place during the afternoon with selected panellists. This will give launch attendees the opportunity to ask further questions within small groups.