International Women's Day 2014

at Leeds College of Music

On 7th March 2014 Leeds College of Music tackles gender inequality in the music industry head-on.
Leeds College of Music is tackling gender imbalance in the music industry head-on this International Women’s Day, with a series of events – including an “I need feminism because…” campaign and panel discussion featuring key music industry figures, such as Music Producer Adrienne Aiken, “Wombeatz” creator Immi Cardy and Emma Daman Thomas of band Islet.

For more than 100 years, International Women’s Day has celebrated the social, political, and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

The conservatoire’s Student Experience Manager Clare Wiggins organized the event and said: “As much as things are positively changing for women across the world, much still needs to be changed. The music industry is an example of where people are starting to raise their heads towards the issue gender inequality – but now real, not tokenistic, action needs to be taken.”  

This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is inspiring change by calling for equal recognition of women in the arts. Leeds College of Music is hosting a number of events on the 7th March to try and further this crucial aim. 


12 – 4pm:  
  • Stalls (local Leeds female-led businesses)
  • Activities
  • Live artwork by Leeds College of Art students
  • "I need feminism because..." picture point
12.30 – 2pm:

Women’s networking lunch in the Robert Tebb Room, food provided by cafe 164

2.30 – 4pm:

Panel Q&A Session in The Venue - see who's taking part below

4 – 6pm:

Live performances in the cafe bar


We'll be hosting a panel discussion from 2.30 – 4pm in The Venue on the 7th March. Check out who is taking part. 

Adrienne Aiken (Runway Studios) 
Adrienne’s 30 years as a music producer include 
arranging and co-producing a track specially recorded for The Princess Diana Tribute Album, and co-writing an album for ZTT Artist Leilani, which saw 3 singles chart in the top 30. 

Kay Brown (Marketing Manager)
One of the players at Futuresound Music, until recently entering the freelance world, Kay’s experience include working on the ever-growing Live at Leeds urban festival, and her highly successful lifestyle blog “Cheery Little Thing”

Immi Cardy (DJ and creator of Wombeatz)
Alumnus and DJ Immi set up Wombeatz organisation to bring together women producers, technicians and DJs who might otherwise struggle to get noticed - challenge what’s still a male-dominated area of music production. 

Emma Daman Thomas (Islet) 
Emma is one quarter of Cardiff band Islet - renowned for their fearless approach to music making, management and print zine creation. They released their second LP Released By The Movement in 2013. 

Charlotte Worthy-Jarvis (Orchard Recording Studios)
Former Leeds College of Music student Charlotte set up the Orchard Recording Studios in Somerset - intended as a space that works to invite as much creativity as possible for clients. 

Kate Zezulka (Leeds Music Hub)
Kate's brainchild is the Leeds Music Hub –  an impressive centre of teaching and practise rooms, cafe, meeting spaces, a shop and exhibition area, designed to provide a social and creative focal point for aspiring musicians in the area.




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Give our playlist a listen and check out some of the women that make us what we are:

Georgia Thursting   Natalie Holmes
Georgia Thursting   Natalie Holmes
Anastasia Belina-Johnson   Christine Bates
Anastasia Belina-Johnson   Christine Bates

What are the issues?

Check out our storify to see some of the debates surrounding women in music, to find out the extent and depth of the issues

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