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Rebalance – providing a step up for female-led bands and solo artists

Melvin Benn from Festival Republic.Leeds Music Trust and our Old Chapel Music Studios are proud to be part of ReBalance – a pioneering 3 year programme which will provide one week’s studio recording time to a core female band, female musician or female solo artist each month in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

As well as the studio and engineer, they will be provided with accommodation and travel (applicants must be based within the UK) which will be covered by Festival Republic. At the end of the year, Festival Republic will commit to giving these successful acts a slot at a Festival Republic or Live Nation Festival. In addition, they’ll be supporting women who want to work in sound engineering and production by offering studio apprenticeships.

The initiative was launched at Old Chapel Music Studios on Tuesday 8th August 2017 by Melvin Benn, from Festival Republic, and Vanessa Reed from the PRS Foundation.  A packed audience of press representatives heard about the initiative from from Melvin and Vanessa as well as the background the the project.

Melvin Benn, MD Festival Republic said:

“Something needs to be done about gender equality in the music industry. It’s a wider issue that involves us (the live industry) but the solution doesn’t rest only with us. I have decided to be proactive in changing and working towards this no longer being an issue in the future, and that’s what this project is about.

“We’ve been working closely with PRS Foundation and their Women Make Music programme, alongside Old Chapel in Leeds to pull together this exciting new initiative. ReBalance will enable future, and current female musicians within the industry, to have the support they need in order to be recognised.”

Board members and LMT volunteers attended the launch and everyone is thrilled about the initiative and can’t wait for it all to get going. More news as we get it.

Vanessa Reid from the PRS Foundation.