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   

11 Dec 2018 | Press release

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11 Dec 2018 | Press release

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11 Dec 2018 | Press release

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11 Dec 2018 | Press release

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11 Dec 2018 | Press release

Gig Club kicks off in Porto and Lisbon with Jessy Lanza, Low Roar and Kamasi Washington

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11 Dec 2018 | Press release

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11 Dec 2018 | Press release

SACEM Honours Music Creators at its 2018 Grands Prix Awards

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11 Dec 2018 | Press release

Mark Ronson extends long-term worldwide publishing deal with Concord Music

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11 Dec 2018 | Press release

Executive and entrepreneur Amber Grimes named to newly-created post as Senior Vice President of Global Creative for Capitol Music Group

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10 Dec 2018 | Press release

PPL and SAMI to collaborate with Swedish tech start-up Auddly

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10 Dec 2018 | Press release

BASCA calls for the submission of works across six nominated categories for The Ivors 2019

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10 Dec 2018 | Press release

Sony/ATV extends worldwide agreement with Noonie Bao

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10 Dec 2018 | Press release

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07 Dec 2018 | Press release

Sam Fender announced as winner of Critics' Choice Award

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07 Dec 2018 | Press release

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07 Dec 2018 | Press release

MelodyVR launches exclusive event with Liam Payne

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07 Dec 2018 | Press release

Hipgnosis Songs Fund acquires TMS catalogue

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07 Dec 2018 | Press release

EU Commission publishes first ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’

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06 Dec 2018 | Press release

Producer Hugh Padgham To Receive Top Honour At The 2019 Music Producers Guild Awards

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05 Dec 2018 | Press release

AIM announces brand new sync conference, AIM Sync

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05 Dec 2018 | Press release

Qwire Expands Board of Directors, Adds Two Prominent Media Leaders

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05 Dec 2018 | Press release

Camelphat signs to RCA Records

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05 Dec 2018 | Press release

FastForward kicks off 2019 plans with speakers for FastForward: Amsterdam, and dates for FastForward: Sydney

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05 Dec 2018 | Press release

Kurt Weill estate entrusts priceless catalogue to BMG

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05 Dec 2018 | Press release

Universal Production Music UK signs Liquid Cinema

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04 Dec 2018 | Press release

The BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard

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04 Dec 2018 | Press release

Sentric and Riptide Music Group form Strategic Partnership

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04 Dec 2018 | Press release

Spotify reveals the most streamed artists, tracks and albums of 2018

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04 Dec 2018 | Press release

Apple's 'Best Of 2018'

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04 Dec 2018 | Press release

Mixcloud launches Select, a pioneering fan-to-creator audio subscription service.

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12 Dec 2018

  • Tencent Music prices shares at bottom of targeted range. (see Business)

  • Industry bodies and artists sign letter calling on the Government for an alternative to Brexit. (see News)

11 Dec 2018

  • Government commits £2m to fund the ongoing Get it Right anti-piracy campaign. (see News)

  • Ed Sheeran's Shape of You becomes the first track to reach 2bn Spotify streams. (see News)

10 Dec 2018

  • Apple acquires Platoon. (see Business)

  • BBC's Sound of 2019 longlist announced. (see News)

  • Grammy awards nominations announced. (see News)

07 Dec 2018

  • Sam Fender wins BRITs Critics' Choice. (see News)

  • Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks dies. (see News)

06 Dec 2018

  • BMG to split US repertoire teams into three distinct units; Zach Katz to leave. (see Business)

05 Dec 2018

  • Mixcloud now lets creators charge subscriptions for their channels. (see Digital)

04 Dec 2018

  • UK based Sentric Music and US based Riptide Music Group partner. (see Business)

  • Tencent Music Entertainment launches IPO. (see Business)

  • WIN report highlights global market share analysis of the independent sector. (see Analysis)

  • Spotify and Apple Music reveal end of year streaming charts. (see Digital)

03 Dec 2018

  • Ariana Grande becomes most streamed artist worldwide on Spotify; ‘thank u, next’ most viewed YouTube video ever in 24 hours. (see Digital)

  • Take That score fastest-selling artist album of 2018. (see News)

30 Nov 2018

  • Robert Ashcroft to step down from PRS for Music next year. (see Business)

29 Nov 2018

  • Lewis Capaldi, Mahalia and Sam Fender shortlisted for the 2019 BRITs Critics’ Choice. (see News)

  • Viagogo could be forced to pay back millions of pounds to ticketbuyers. (see News)

  • Decca makes promotions and appointments across A&R. (see Business)