Grace Flynn

“My hope for the future is that we build a safer, more equal community for everyone in the music industry”

Working in the music industry is something I’m extremely grateful for and, to be honest, it’s never felt like a job. I feel immensely privileged to get to wake up every day and get paid to do what I’m most passionate about. 

Since I can remember I always wanted to work in music, but it was during a trip to Hideout Festival when I decided I wanted to go down the events planning and marketing route. I saw a woman dancing on the side of the stage with an earpiece in having the time of her life whilst working and I thought to myself, I want her job (funnily enough we’ve since worked out the woman on stage was the incredible Sian Bennett, who I now work with)!

While the past 12 months have been extremely challenging for our industry, it has been a year of many lessons. From the various Save Nightlife campaigns I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside the NTIA on, to the learnings we have taken from the BLM movement and the brave women who have stood up against sexual abuse by various DJs, we’ve been shown more than ever the need for us to stick together.

My hope for the future is that we build a safer, more equal community for everyone in the music industry. I hope that we will continue to see more equally split lineups as well as a rise in upcoming female DJs. More than anything, I hope we see a continuation in the conversation, that we continue to challenge people who aren’t meeting the mark and continue to stand together. 

To any young woman reading this, just know that you can do it! The best advice I can give you is to go out and network wherever you can, chew anyone and everyone’s ear off until you are both heard and seen!