Mind the Gender Gap: The Review

Last year’s gender panel came months after the #MeToo campaign had hit the headlines, asking whether the festival business had a gender and inclusivity problem. 12 months on, and a variety of initiatives are now underway to redress the imbalance.

Session chair and equality champion Renae Brown outlines the most festival-focused options on offer. Ranging from PRS Foundation’s Keychange programme, and Festival Republic’s ReBalance, to shesaid.so, Mujeres in Musica and new internal company development funds, is positive change now inbound? Whether building future festival line-ups or growing more diverse – and stronger – companies, expect 60-minutes of frank conversation and far-reaching ideas.

Host details…

Renae Brown, Vision Nine Group (UK)
Renae is Festivals Coordinator at Vision Nine with a focus on Boardmasters and NASS festivals. In her previous role at the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) she managed the ‘Safer Spaces at Festivals’ initiative which saw over 70 UK festivals sign up to a charter of best practice and raise awareness around the issue of sexual harassment and assault at festivals. Renae has since spoken on panels and delivered workshops on this topic at Nova Scotia Music Week, AIF’s Festival Congress and FastForward in Amsterdam.

Before relocating to the UK, Renae was previously Promotions Manager at Footstomp Music in Australia, managing national publicity campaigns for emerging artists as well as established international artists. Alongside this she was also responsible for festival publicity and assisting with event management for multiple festivals and she also launched the Brisbane leg of Sofar Sounds.

Guest speakers include…

Harriet Moss, Manners McDade (UK)
Harriet Moss is the Managing Director of London-based music publisher and agency, Manners McDade. Specialising in new classical and electronic music since 2001, their roster includes Nils Frahm, Poppy Ackroyd, Max Cooper & Fabric’s Houndstooth artists as well as Creative Services for Neue Meister, ECM and Sony Classical. Previously, Harriet has a background in PR, sync and brand-building for contemporary classical, alternative and electronic labels and artists including Max Richter, Ben Frost, Nils Frahm and These New Puritans.

Harriet is also the Creative Director for in-house label Cognitive Shift Recordings as well as London Director for the leading voluntary international Women in Music organisation & network, shesaid.so. The network provides mentorship and regular events for its 3000+ global members, including recent collaborations with Boiler Room, Fabric, Spotify, Live Nation and Bestival. Harriet hosts Soho Radio’s Soho Classical show; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is recognised on both the 2017 & 2018 Music Industry Alternative Power 100 Lists. Harriet currently sits on the Jury for the 2018 Production Music Awards, the 2019 Classical:NEXT festival, and is a PRS Foundation Keychange participant.

 Aino-Maria Paasivirta, Fullsteam (FI)
Aino-Maria Paasivirta, 26, is a promoter at Fullsteam Agency, Finland.

Paasivirta started working at Fullsteam as assistant to founder Rauha Kyyrö, working with acts such as Big Boi, Jośe González, Franz Ferdinand, Wiz Khalifa, Jack White, Volbeat and Justin Bieber. She has been booking foreign acts to Provinssi Festival (cap 32,000) together with Rauha the last 3 years.

Paasivirta has recently taken on the role of full-time promoter, and is the promoter for Allas Sea Pool, a 2500 capacity outdoor venue in downtown Helsinki. She is shortlisted on IQ’s New Bosses 2018 feature.

Fullsteam Agency is part of FKP Scorpio group.

Liam McMahon, PRS Foundation/ Key Exchange (UK)

Jennifer Roberts, Festival Republic / Re:Balance (UK)
Jen Roberts is Head of Marketing & PR at Festival Republic working across the FR and Live Nation festivals which include Download, Isle of Wight, Community, Wireless, Latitude, RiZE, Reading & Leeds and Electric Picnic shows, working across festivals and music events creating and executing campaigns for the biggest European festival promoter.

Having been part of the launch of Re:Balance in August last year, so far there have been 10 finalists out of 200+ nominees and this will continue for many more years. Re:Balance Sessions has recently been created and is set to take place at the Old Blue Last at the end of October.

26 September

11:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Fest

Renae Brown, Vision Nine Group (UK)

Renae Brown, Vision Nine Group (UK)