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The F-List for Music is the first directory of its kind to feature up-to-date information on UK-based female* musicians, songwriters, and composers. We have seen an unprecedented amount of awareness-raising in the last year within the music industry on the lack of diversity and inclusion, and with the announcements of many an event and festival line-up lacking in women* featured, The F-List offers a tool to change that.

Many events or festival organisers want to promote female artists but don't know how or where to find them outside of their own network. The F-List solves this problem. With over five thousand professional musicians across all genres of music, and growing daily, this directory makes it easy to search for, and discover a great diversity of talent. And as more women upload their music and information onto the site it will keep growing as a resource, like a wiki for UK female musicians. It is completely free for female, trans and gender minority inclusive musicians to sign up to.

In the last 12 months The F-List has been working with numerous festivals and event promoters in a variety of ways from sourcing female musicians and helping to curate line-ups to supporting and celebrating already female friendly line-ups including Rave to the Moon, Under The Stars, Primadonna, Brighton 7s Festival, OneFest, Tsitsit Jewish Fringe Festival, Secret Sessions Festival and OnJam online events and the website is being used as a resource for gig promoters and other musicians and journalists who wish to find female musicians. They have officially partnered with 7 music industry organisations over the year including the Association of Independent Festivals, Independent Venue Week, Skiddle, Scottish Women Inventing Music and the Grassroots Music Network with whom they have had a variety of activities and mutual support. They welcome every festival promoter and booker to utilise the platform and to be the agents of change as we shift towards a diversified and inclusive music industry.

Last year saw the not-for-profit Community Interest Company with award-winning artist Anoushka Shankar as their inaugural President, and in 2021 The F-List is delighted to announce Brix Smith as the new President for the year ahead. Brix is committed to creating a future where gender equality is celebrated and properly represented throughout the music industry:

"The F-list is an incredible resource and a highly valuable support system for females* within in the UK music industry. At long last there exists a vehicle that collates our talents and skills across multiple facets of the music industry, connecting us, supporting us, and highlighting our assets to the wider world.

I have been a female in the music industry for 38 years, (since the age of 19) when I joined The Fall as a guitarist and songwriter. If you look at my hands you will see the scars from punching the glass ceiling. Though at times it's been daunting, I was lucky enough to have a strong mother who told me: "You can be anything you want in this world, don't let the fact that you are a woman stop you."

Before me, there were only a handful of high-profile female players who I could look to as role models. There were even fewer female music executives or women in positions of power within the industry to rely on as allies or to champion the cause of inclusion. Now at last the tide is turning and it is resources like the F-List, and its creator Vick Bain, that are helping to turn it.

The time for inclusivity and diversity, in all aspects of life, is now. I am proud to be a contributor to this change.

I am thrilled to be President of The F-List for 2021/22. I will endeavour to raise as much awareness as possible while continuing to fight the good fight musically and to level the playing field once and for all.

I believe that being a woman is my superpower. So, let's harness all our superpowers and change the landscape." Brix Smith

With a board of 12 women from all genres of the music industry, over 70 Social Media Ambassadors, a growing list of partnerships with esteemed music industry organisations and over 5,000 female musicians already listed in the directory The F-List is not just a list, it's a growing community that can help transform the gender statistics of music in the UK.

 

The F-List is a great tool to initiate change is a key point in the journey for much change to come.

The Vision of The F-List is...
Women, trans and gender minority inclusion musicians in the music industry will be able to more successfully start and sustain their careers in music for longer because of The F-List

The Mission of the F-List is...
Helping UK female and gender minority musicians overcome structural barriers by facilitating training and profile and professional opportunities

The F-List is for...
Female, trans and gender minority inclusive musicians, songwriters, and composers in all genres of music – Create or Claim a free Listing to promote you and your work.

Festival promoters and commissioners: search our directory of female artists; gain direct access to the talent you're looking for. You can search for musicians by genre, instrument, or location
Musicians' representatives: if you manage, publish or are an agent for a female artist or band, make sure they're listed
UK record labels, publishers, agents or development companies: we will feature your organisation as long as you have female artists on your roster
Music representative bodies, not for profits & initiatives: get in touch to discuss how we can work together to support female musicians
Music fans, journalists and researchers: find out more about your favourite artists but also discover new ones!

* The F-List is proud to be trans and gender minority inclusive

24 May 2024 | Press release

The Courtyard Studios Announces Its Summer Video Releases

The Courtyard Studios proudly announces its latest project: the summer video releases, filmed, and recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, showcasing the talents of emerging artists in an unprecedented live session experience. With 12 captivating releases, featuring one interview...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

Raye and Jess Glynne collaborator Jin Jin inks global publishing deal with Concord Music Publishing

  Concord Music Publishing proudly announces a new global publishing agreement with platinum-selling English songwriter, Jin Jin. This comprehensive deal encompasses all forthcoming works. With nominations for prestigious awards including Grammy, Ivor Novello, and Brit Awards, as well as being the recipient...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall breaks fundraising record for the charity

This year’s week of fundraising concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall over 18th to 24th March were truly historic. Not only was it the final week of shows with Roger Daltrey at the helm but for the...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

Mahogany launches curated distribution service, Mahogany Songs

Dom Wallace (ex. Spotify) appointed Label & Marketing Manager to lead release strategy Partners with rising singer-songwriter Áine Deane, EP due out this year Mahogany, the global multi-platform music brand best known for the Mahogany Sessions video channel, has launched Mahogany Songs,...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

40 festivals cancelled in 2024

El Dorado Festival cites ‘dramatic rise in operational costs’ as reason for cancellation.  40 UK festivals have now announced a postponement, cancellation or complete closure in 2024. Herefordshire's El Dorado Festival announced its cancellation yesterday (May 21) citing “a dramatic rise in...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

ATC Group announces co-operation agreement with leading Chinese music company Modern Sky

  ATC Group Plc is delighted to announce a new co-operation agreement with Modern Sky, one of China’s longest established and leading independent music companies.  The arrangement seeks to expand the global presence of the Modern Sky brand and its talent and...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

Landlord fails to evict The Leadmill

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23 May 2024 | Press release

Black & Irish recognised with Impala’s Changemaker award for their inspirational efforts promoting equity, diversity and inclusion

IMPALA announces the recipient of its Changemaker Award 2024: Black & Irish, an Irish not-for-profit organisation advocating for the black community in Ireland, fostering connections within Irish society and championing an anti-racist ethos.  Black & Irish was founded almost four years...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

Warner Chappell Music sign songwriter and producer Toby Daintree

Daintree co-wrote the global Number One smash ‘i like the way you kiss me’ by Artemas  Warner Chappell Music (WCM), the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has signed a global publishing deal with songwriter and producer Toby Daintree.  Daintree has recently...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

Kavi signs Co-Publishing Deal with Brandon Silverstein's S10 Publishing & Avex USA

Producer Behind Global #1 Single Tommy Richman's "Million Dollar Baby"  Today, Brandon Silverstein's S10 Publishing and Avex USA announced a worldwide co-publishing deal with Kavi, the producer behind the current #1 global single "Million Dollar Baby" by Tommy Richman. This week, "Million...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

Winners of The Ivors 2024 with Amazon Music announced

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23 May 2024 | Press release

Sony Music Publishing UK Renews Global Deal with Gorgon City

Gorgon City launches REALM Publishing in partnership with SMP, announces first signing with Riordan   Sony Music Publishing UK today announced the renewal of its exclusive global publishing agreement with renowned electronic/dance music duo Gorgon City. Additionally, Gorgon City has launched REALM...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

David El Sayegh elected as the new President of GESAC

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23 May 2024 | Press release

Independent booking agency Runway expands by hiring Louise McGovern

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23 May 2024 | Press release

WE, THE LEADERS legacy programme for WOMEX 24 in Manchester announced

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23 May 2024 | Press release

EMMA announces a new partnership with beatBread to boost the European music management sector

The European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the AI-driven music funding platform, beatBread, that will benefit more than 3,000 managers based across Europe.  Using an algorithm that uses billions of data points to forecast...more

23 May 2024 | Press release

American Express presents BST Hyde Park 2024

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22 May 2024 | Press release

Shufti Pro and .MUSIC partner to authenticate music identities and protect global music community against AI impersonation

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22 May 2024 | Press release

The Web3 Music Association unveils platform for education, innovation and collaboration

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22 May 2024 | Press release

LIVE launch ‘Powered By Freelancers - the Live Music Edition 2024’

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22 May 2024 | Press release

ICE passes €1bn a year in royalties distributed

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22 May 2024 | Press release

A tsunami of success for The Spanish Wave!

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22 May 2024 | Press release

MCPS distributions up 8.5% to £204.3 million in 2023

The UK collection society for mechanical rights has now distributed over £4 billion to publishers, songwriters and composers this century   MCPS, the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society, the organisation that represents the mechanical rights of music publishers, songwriters and composers in the UK,...more

22 May 2024 | Press release

Music Venue Trust announces ‘The Artist Pledge’

ARTISTS COMMIT TO SUPPORT GRASSROOTS MUSIC VENUES THROUGH TICKET LEVY Frank Turner, Enter Shikari, snake eyes, The Luka State, Sister, Red Rum Club, Vigilantes and more have signed the pledgemusicvenuetrust.com/the-artist-pledgeIf we can't change the music industry now, then we'll change it...more

22 May 2024 | Press release

Apple Music’s 100 Best Albums list culminates today with the much-anticipated reveal of the top 10 albums of all time and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill crowned No. 1

  Upon receiving the news, Lauryn Hill told Apple Music: “This is my award, but it’s a rich, deep narrative, and involves so many people, and so much sacrifice, and so much time, and so much collective love.” To celebrate, Apple Music’s...more

22 May 2024 | Press release

RNIB presents the 6th Duke of Westminster Lifetime Achievement Award to British music producer, businessman and disability campaigner

Sir Robin Millar was celebrated for his noble work in the sight loss sector at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) See Differently Awards, supported by People’s Postcode Lottery.      Sir Robin Millar CBE, 72, from Tottenham, London, who...more

22 May 2024 | Press release

2024 Polar Music Prize

Yesterday, two legendary names in music were honoured with the 2024 Polar Music Prize at a gala ceremony held in Stockholm, Sweden.Nile Rodgers, award-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger, guitarist and co-founder of CHIC, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, esteemed conductor and composer,...more

22 May 2024 | Press release

Fast Company honors Tunecore at annual Most Innovative Companies gala

Fast Company included TuneCore on its Most Innovative Companies in Music list for the second consecutive year (full list below) and invited TuneCore artist Madelline to provide entertainment for the annual gala     TuneCore, the leading independent development partner for self-releasing artists—owned...more

21 May 2024 | Press release

Metaverse studio Karta hires from Tommy Hilfiger, Epic Games and Emperia

  Karta continues to expand its workforce significantly to deal with ever-increasing demand for metaverse experiences The startup announces five new hires - eyeing up new sectors and bolstering its game design, programming and production output   Karta, an award-winning metaverse studio pioneering the...more

21 May 2024 | Press release

Worldwide independent music community calls for joined-up approach on GenAI through high global standards and collaboration

WIN presents guidance around key principles promoting safety, transparency, respect for copyright, a human-centered approach, ethics, and cross border consistency. Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organization that connects and develops the global independent music community, has created new guidance on generative...more

24 May 2024

  • The Ivors: Winners announced (see News)

  • Is the music business too afraid of big, bad AI? (see Opinion)

  • A changing music industry expands to $100 billion in revenues. For whom? (see Analysis)

23 May 2024

  • Are kids losing their love for music? (see Comment)

  • Apple’s 100 Best Albums list is ridiculous and exists almost expressly to make you mad (see News)

22 May 2024

  • Apple is not the only one crushing the old music-making paradigm (see Comment)

21 May 2024

  • Government says it will bring forward AI training rules (see News)

20 May 2024

  • Music rightsholders reach their ‘or what?’ moment with AI (see Comment)

17 May 2024

  • Analysis of yesterday's Rajar Q1 2024 results (see Media)

  • How the music industry is in a new age of arrogance (see Opinion)

16 May 2024

  • Rajars Q1 - commercial radio on the rise (see Media)

15 May 2024

  • Musicians share stories about struggling to make ends (see Features)

14 May 2024

  • Proper enters new era (see Business)

  • A perspective on the health of the UK's live industry (see Features)

13 May 2024

  • Why Penske bought all the media companies (see Podcasts)

  • MPs call for arena ticket levy and tax relief to stem tide of grassroots music venue closures (see News)