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Less than 5% of music producers and engineers are women and the team at Abbey Road Studios are determined to play their part in addressing this outdated imbalance. In 2020, Abbey Road Studios launched its Equalise programme, born out of the Studios’ commitment to driving awareness and understanding of music production as a credible and accessible career path for anyone who identifies as a woman. The programme aims to provide basic tools, knowledge and support to inspire and empower more women to enter the industry.

Today Abbey Road Studios announces its first Equalise activity for 2021, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Beginning on 1 March and culminating on 8 March, the Abbey Road Equalise IWD Festival will see a series of online live masterclasses, panel discussions and one-to-one mentoring sessions, led by a number of inspiring women.

Providing masterclasses with a number of the music industries’ leading women and panel talks with some of the UK’s most exciting rising female talent, the week-long series will shine a light on both the artist and production career paths available in the music industry. The Abbey Road Equalise IWD Festival will also provide multiple 121 mentoring opportunities throughout March, across a broader range of careers in the music industry beyond the recording studio and stage.

Abbey Road Studios’ Managing Director, Isabel Garvey says:

“2021 already feels like a brighter, more optimistic year, so it’s exciting to see so many of our friends coming together to inspire the next generation as part of our Abbey Road Equalise virtual festival for International Women’s Day. I’m thrilled that we’re able to extend the week beyond panel discussions and masterclasses, with one-to-one mentoring for those who want to understand the roles beyond music production and engineering, too. I’m looking forward to when we can bring everyone together in person to further this agenda.”

The week-long programme can be found at and is as follows:

Music Production 101 Masterclass with Abbey Road’s Marta Di Nozzi

Marta Di Nozzi, Senior Runner at Abbey Road Studios, will provide invaluable insight into her career path so far, the fundamentals of how a studio operates and the key skills and requirements you need to excel in the role. Marta will then give a short “how-to” Pro Tools session to give an understanding of the recording and mixing process, before opening up to a general Q and A with the live audience.

Becoming A Recording and Mixing Engineer with Fiona Cruickshank, Dani Bennett-Spragg and Charlie Deakin-Davies

Moderated by PRS x Keychange Ambassador and award-winning Mastering Engineer Darcy Proper, the panel will begin by discussing their careers so far and challenges they’ve had to face and overcome. Topics will include the skills you need to become an engineer, how to get your first break and general tips for young female producers and engineers just getting started. The panel will then take questions from the live audience.

Becoming an Artist with Baby Queen, Hamzaa, Kali Claire and CLOVES
Moderated by BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy, Baby Queen, Hamzaa, Kali Claire and CLOVES will take the viewers through their journey and experiences of being an artist so far, and the advice they have for young women just starting out. The panel will then open for questions from the audience.

The Path to Production with Georgia, Shura, Cosha and Hannah V
Moderated by PRS x Keychange Project Manager Maxie Gedge, the artist / producers will talk through their journey to where they are now, discussing how they’ve overcome any challenges they have faced as a woman in the industry and their advice for up and coming young female producers. The session will then open up to questions from the live audience.

Music For Film Masterclass with Spitfire Audio’s Composer, Homay Schmitz
Spitfire Audio’s Homay Schmitz will guide you through writing a film cue using the Abbey Road One sample library. Learn about how to set up your session to score for picture, working to a brief, and how to begin writing the cue itself.

Abbey Road Institute Panel Discussion: Getting Started in the Music Industry
Abbey Road Institute, the Studios’ education arm, is celebrating International Women’s Day with an all-female panel of Abbey Road Institute graduates who are now carving their careers within different areas of the music industry. From working in some of London’s most prestigious studios, freelancing as a producer or engineer to behind the scenes of a label and a hit show in the West End we’ll be diving into what these jobs involve and how you might get there.

Mentoring Sessions:
Not everyone wants to be an artist, producer or engineer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t work in music. We’ve assembled a cast of women who have forged a career within the music industry, so you can explore some of the different roles that exist and benefit from 121 mentoring to help you get started. From artist management, PR and the role of a live agent, to marketing, promotions, artist relations, events and running a label and studio, we’re joined by friends from 0207 Def Jam, Decca, Mother Artists, Motown UK, Murray Chalmers PR, Polydor and Universal Music. To apply, send us a short video explaining who you’d like to meet, the reason why and what you’d hope to get from the session.

February 24, 2021 5:54am ET by Murray Chalmers PR  

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