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Girls I Rate launches #GETHEARD A&R Weekender in partnership with PRS for Music and Island Records

Girls I Rate (GIR) has partnered with Island Records and PRS for Music to deliver the very first all female “Girls I Rate #GETHEARD A&R Weekender”. The event, taking place on Saturday 6 May at PRS for Music’s King’s Cross headquarters, will be hosted by Beyoncé songwriter and GIR founder Carla Marie Williams, Capital XTRA DJ Manny Norte and Number 1 charting artist Lily Allen. Its aim is to provide 100 young women aged 16-30 the opportunity to showcase their original music to industry professionals.
 
#GETHEARD hopes to encourage more female songwriters and producers to come forward and will cross all genres of music. Two diverse panels of experts will listen, critique and give invaluable advice on the works heard. The day will end with a networking mixer hosted by Sian Anderson of 1xtra, to encourage girls to “celebrate, unite and collaborate” with each other.
 
As part of a series of activations by Girls I Rate to empower future creatives, 10 lucky attendees will also be awarded the opportunity to attend a Girls I Rate Academy Weekender. Each Academy Weekender will be run by industry experts, providing girls with educational and practical lessons to help equip them with fundamental practices, techniques and key skills required for success in the music industry.

Girls I Rate is a not-for-profit organisation founded in March 2016 with a mission to create a movement to engage and shatter glass ceilings within the creative industries. The GIR mission is simple and has five targets; Change, Opportunity, Unity, Celebration, Hope! (Operation COUCH).
 
With the UK music industry blooming and many recognising it as being the strongest it’s ever been, female writers, producers and composers still only make up 16% of the membership at PRS for Music.
 
On hearing about Girls I Rate #GETHEARD Karen Buse, Executive Director of Membership and International wanted to get involved: “Girls I Rate is an exciting and much-needed initiative, and I am proud that PRS for Music will be hosting the #GetHeard Weekender. So many young women can be put off entering what often feels like a male-dominated industry, so it’s invaluable to have organisations such as Girls I Rate to break down stereotypes and really support and champion new talent.”
 
lsland Records president Darcus Beese has remained passionate from the day he started at Island and continues to champion women in the music industry. Home to artists such as Drake, PJ Harvey and Ariana Grande, in the last 12 months, Island has seen multiple Number 1 chart successes.
 
Darcus Beese commented: “It has always been important for us at Island to champion women in all areas of the industry; from the incredible artists we have worked with over the years including Amy Winehouse and PJ Harvey, to the powerful women in key positions at the label. Girls I Rate is a fantastic initiative that we need to be a part of. At a time where the music industry is experiencing growth again, we need more open discussions like #GETHEARD to continue striving for equality and diversity every day. We still have a lot of work to do.”
 
Girls I Rate founder Carla Marie Williams, says: “My mission is to engage with as many young females as possible, to break down stereotypes and assumptions in the creative industry and help give young women opportunities by pushing for more equality and diversity within the creative industry! I also want to empower young females to believe anything is possible. This is why events such as #GETHEARD are so imperative”.
 
To apply to #GETHEARD and for the chance to have your track listened to by this expert A&R panel, you must first submit your songs via a SoundCloud link, no later than Wednesday 26 April, to ArtsAcademy@girlsIrate.com.   

20 Nov 2019 | Press release

Music Industry contributes £5.2bn to UK economy - new figures reveal

UK Music’s inaugural Music By Numbers report published today reveals the key role music plays in the economy. The key facts in Music By Numbers 2019 include: - The UK music industry contributed £5.2 billion to the UK economy in 2018.- The...more

20 Nov 2019 | Press release

UK music streaming market could double in size by 2023

£500m bonus from innovation in services   New services and innovations targeting different music fans more specifically could double the size of the already booming music streaming market in as little as four years to £1.6bn, according to a report by consultants...more

19 Nov 2019 | Press release

Kobalt Music signs mxmtoon to global publishing deal

On the Back of More Than 300 Million Streams, Rising Bedroom Pop Star Inks Publishing Deal Kobalt today announced a publishing deal with singer, songwriter, and producer, mxmtoon. The worldwide publishing deal offers mxmtoon administration, synchronization, and creative support for...more

19 Nov 2019 | Press release

Paper Dress Vintage receives Arts Council England funding

London venue latest recipient of funding from Supporting Grassroots Live Music Fund Hackney’s Paper Dress Vintage is the latest successful applicant to Arts Council England’s Supporting Grassroots Live Music Fund. The leading Grassroots Music Venue has received a substantial grant which...more

18 Nov 2019 | Press release

Absolute Radio Launches A New Decade Station - Absolute Radio 10s

Bauer Media is unveiling plans for another station as part of its digital innovation product strategy - Absolute Radio 10s. The station will play the biggest tracks from this decade from some of the most-loved artists in the world including Ed Sheeran,...more

18 Nov 2019 | Press release

Proper steps up to fulfil global logistics for RSK

- Inks distribution deal for UK and Republic of Ireland plus logistical role for international partners- Adds an additional 11,000 products to Proper’s inventory and streamlines retail process Proper Music Group, the largest independent distributor in the UK, has inked a...more

18 Nov 2019 | Press release

Deezer HiFi Arrives on Mobile

Our Hifi service is now on your phone and web Calling all fans of high fidelity! We've just taken FLAC quality sound to every device. Wherever you are, Deezer HiFi is now bringing 52 million tunes to your mobile or web.  All...more

18 Nov 2019 | Press release

YMU Group Appoints Fiona McAuley as Head of Digital – UK Music

International artist management company YMU Group has appointed Fiona McAuley to the position of Head of Digital – UK Music.  Based in London Fiona, whose appointment is effective immediately will report directly to Iain Watt, Managing Director of the company’s UK...more

18 Nov 2019 | Press release

Flutin Puts Emerging Artists Where They Need to Be: In Music Fans' Playlists

  App boosts indie musicians via AI-powered playlists and engaging UX  Austin-based Christophe Lavigne had been working on his music for years, leading the rock band Arrows to Fire. Like a lot of indie artists, he'd done all he could, but the...more

15 Nov 2019 | Press release

Artist & Manager Awards 2019 - full list of winners announced

Surprise award for Stormzy, Tobe Onwuka & team #merky tops the biggest Artist & Manager Awards yet   - Nile Rodgers, Rebecca Boulton & Andy Robinson (New Order/Joy Division), Lewis Capaldi, Debbie Gwyther and Neneh Cherry all recognised at central London ceremony  -...more

15 Nov 2019 | Press release

MelodyVR - new shows

All shows available in immersive 360° virtual reality via the MelodyVR app for smartphone or VR headset, at on.melodyvr.com/App   Khalid, The O2 Arena Global R&B singer-songwriter sensation Khalid invites you inside this impressive production, live from The O2 Arena. Energetic dancers, incredible...more

15 Nov 2019 | Press release

Hipgnosis Songs Fund

Hipgnosis Songs Fund was today welcomed to the London Stock Exchange to celebrate its successful admission to the Premium Segment of the Official List and on the completion of four equity fundraises since its launch in June 2018. Founded by...more

15 Nov 2019 | Press release

Bastille re-records ‘Can’t fight this feeling’ for the new John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners joint Christmas TV advert, ‘Excitable Edgar’

John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners have teamed with Globe - Universal Music UK’s creative agency - to line up Bastille’s re-recording of the classic REO Speedwagon song ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ as the sync to their new Christmas advert. In their...more

14 Nov 2019 | Press release

Communion sign new band HONEYMOAN

South Africa’s most exciting new export HONEYMOAN sign to Communion Records for the release of their second EP, ‘Weirdo’, and reveal the massive first single ‘Still Here’ today… The announcement comes ahead of their first live shows in the UK, concluding...more

14 Nov 2019 | Press release

BMG to launch new label Modern Recordings

BMG today announced the launch of Modern Recordings, a label for new classical, jazz and electronic music, mostly instrumental but also extending to singer-songwriters. The label – the first new imprint to be launched by BMG since its launch in 2008...more

14 Nov 2019 | Press release

Bucks signs Soumik Datta to exclusive publishing deal

Composer and virtuoso Sarod player has collaborated with Beyonce, Jay-Z and the London Philharmonic OrchestraBucks Music Group has signed composer Soumik Datta to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.Datta is a composer and virtuoso player of the Sarod – a 19-stringed,...more

14 Nov 2019 | Press release

Can anyone match Freddie Mercury’s legendary voice?

Queen and YouTube Music are challenging fans to find out! New Google built AI-powered singing challenge -FreddieMeter-rates how closely fans can mimic Freddie Mercury’s voice Take on the #FreddieChallenge now in support of the Mercury Phoenix Trust freddiemeter.withyoutube.com   “Bohemian  Rhapsody” is considered one of...more

14 Nov 2019 | Press release

More added to the ESNS20 conference program

esns.nl New additions to the conference program include from Robbie Williams to Eurovision, Agent & Festival panels and Deezer. These add to the already announced keynotes from Mark Mulligan and AWAL's Paul Hitchman and Interviews with the Dickins Family, Jonatahan Poneman...more

14 Nov 2019 | Press release

The Music Producers Guild Announces 2020 Awards Shortlist

STORMZY, IDLES, MARTA SALOGNI, NIGEL GODRICH The Music Producers Guild is excited to announce the shortlist for its 2020 Awards, which will take place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London in London on 27th February. With names such as Stormzy, IDLES, Marta...more

13 Nov 2019 | Press release

AIM report explores the changing face of modern distribution

AIM (The Association of Independent Music) is launching a groundbreaking new report in partnership with CMU Insights today, that will provide a benchmark study of the music distribution market and demystify the 21st century digital music supply chain. ‘Distribution Revolution’ is the...more

13 Nov 2019 | Press release

Extra Soul Perception

Extra Soul Perception (ESP.) is a creative collaboration that brings together innovative artists from the UK, Kenya and Uganda for a week-long writing camp in Nairobi. The result will be an audio-visual album, documentary and series of events in East...more

13 Nov 2019 | Press release

International Live Music Conference launches 2020 edition

Second hotel site added as leading international live business event continues to grow2,000 live music professionals set to attend ILMC events across the week Organisers of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) have today launched the 2020 edition which sees a...more

13 Nov 2019 | Press release

AWAL Hires Jennifer Kirell as Vice President, Catalog Marketing

AWAL Expands Global Marketing Capabilities to Support Artist Catalogues AWAL, Kobalt’s recording company, today announced the hire of Jennifer Kirell as VP, Catalog Marketing. Based in Kobalt’s New York office, Jennifer will oversee AWAL’s catalog marketing strategy and work closely with...more

13 Nov 2019 | Press release

Marathon Artists LABs Launches Third Music Tech Accelerator Focused on “Music Discovery"

Marathon Music Group will launch its third tech startup accelerator program, Marathon Artists LABs, in Q1 2020. Marathon Artists LABs, which is run from Marathon Music Group’s HQ at Tileyard Studios in London, has collaborated with a wide range of music...more

12 Nov 2019 | Press release

Stereo Honey has signed a worldwide deal with W Songs, the in-house publishing arm of the Warner Music UK Sync team

Up-and-coming London-based Stereo Honey has signed a worldwide deal with W Songs, the in-house publishing arm of the Warner Music UK Sync team.  W Songs has traditionally offered short term deals, typically ranging from three to six months, with a heavy...more

12 Nov 2019 | Press release

The MOBO Awards 2020

The MOBO Awards returns to its London home in a show stopping spectacular set to be bigger and bolder than ever before.Tickets go on sale today! www.mobo.com/tickets MOBO is back with a new awards show for a new decade. The biggest global celebration...more

12 Nov 2019 | Press release

Lewis Capaldi gets soaked playing Innuendo Bingo on Radio 1

Lewis Capaldi joins Scott Mills and Chris Stark on Radio 1 on Wednesday 13th November for a game of Innuendo Bingo.  Innuendo Bingo is a regular feature on Scott’s show in which a celebrity gets soaked by laughing at some of...more

12 Nov 2019 | Press release

ESNS adds 87 emerging artists to Eurosonic 2020 line-up

ESNS expands line-up with Alfie Templeman (gb), Blanche (be), Duncan Laurence (nl), Gabriel Ólafs (is), Lankum (ie), Martyn Heyne (de), Moyka (no), and The Homesick (nl)ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) has added 87 emerging artists to the Eurosonic line-up. Among the newly...more

12 Nov 2019 | Press release

Jessie Reyez announced as Apple Music Up Next Artist

  Up Next Short Shot on iPhone 11 Debuts Exclusively on Apple Music Today   Watch a trailer HERE   Apple Music today announced Toronto based singer-songwriter and emerging global superstar Jessie Reyez as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music's monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing...more

12 Nov 2019 | Press release

Boiler Room x Ballantine's launch the true music fund to support local music scenes

Applications now open for first-of-its-kind investment and mentorship programme blrrm.tv/true-music-fund     Boiler Room x Ballantine's Scotch whisky today announce the True Music Fund which will offer financial investment and one-to-one mentoring for independent programmers, artists and creatives, with the goal to help local music communities thrive. Promising...more

20 Nov 2019

  • ERA study calculates more innovation in streaming services could result in £500m boost (see Analysis)

  • UK Music report shows huge UK industry contribution to the economy (see Analysis)

  • Latin artists rule YouTube’s most-viewed music videos of 2019 (see Digital)

19 Nov 2019

  • Paul McCartney to headline Glastonbury festival (see News)

  • Taylor Swift drama rolls on (see News)

18 Nov 2019

  • ByteDance set to launch own global streaming service (see Digital)

  • Linkfire strikes deal with Apple Music (see Digital)

15 Nov 2019

  • Artist & Manager Awards recognises the team at #Merky for "immense contribution" (see News)

  • Taylor Swift calls out moguls Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta (see News)

  • Billboard compiles decade-end charts - with a strong showing from British artists (see Analysis)

14 Nov 2019

  • John Lewis Christmas advert with song unveiled (see News)

  • Spotify releases app on Magic Leap’s headset (see Digital)

13 Nov 2019

  • SoundCloud introduces self-service promotional tool (see Digital)

  • Facebook tests Instagram Reels (see Digital)

12 Nov 2019

  • Tencent Music posts solid third-quarter results (see Business)

11 Nov 2019

  • Grumpy Old Management accounts show £29.5m income last year (see Business)

  • Ticketmaster names its 'New for 2020' list (see News)

08 Nov 2019

  • Nik Powell, co-founder of Virgin Records, passes away (see News)

  • Live Nation's proposed takeover of MCD Productions provisionally cleared (see Business)

07 Nov 2019

  • Tom Watson to step down as an MP (see News)

  • CISAC's 2019 Global Collections Report shows worldwide royalty collections for creators of music rose in 2018 (see Analysis)