Without the music industry, I am not really sure who and where I would be — it’s my career, my financial stability, my life, and my saving grace. For the past 12 months, I have been concentrating on writing a book, Lady of the House, which includes over 100 interviews from women from every facet of the industry, ranging from promoters and artists to label owners and managers. Just some of the brilliant women featured include Candi Staton, Barbara Tucker, Sam Divine, DJ Maxinne, Lynn Cosgrave, Rowetta, Ellen Allien, Nicky Trax, Janet Bell, Julie McKnight, Kathy Brown, Anja Schneider, Black Girl/White Girl, Ultra Naté, Jocelyn Brown, Arielle Free, Rochelle Fleming, DJ Paulette, Gladys Pizarro, Abigail Adams, Anne Savage, DJ Rap, Kym Sims, Judy Griffith, Kym Mazelle, and many more.
Over the past year, I’ve also been setting up a new company, FR808DOM, as well as keeping my existing businesses Parallel Dimensions and Into Darkness afloat, all while continuing to manage MC Bassman. I’ve also made it a priority to reach out to industry peers and offer help with consultancy, strategy, and support. I have become more involved with the NTIA, offering input into their diversity and inclusion initiative — work that’s fed into my existing role as an active spokesperson for equality, diversity, and inclusion across the whole electronic music industry.
As we move away from the pandemic, my hope is that the industry becomes more stable, fruitful, and fair for everyone. And that more women, especially BAME women, are offered and able to take leading management positions. On a personal level, I want to ensure that FR808DOM becomes a sustainable business that continues to help people find their route into the industry, and of course, for Lady of the House to gain global recognition, paving the way for female and non-binary artists of the future. If you’d like to support, please head to our Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ladyofthehouse/lady-of-the-house
Spiking is all over the news, all Over my social media timelines and is a prominent topic in my WhatsApp groups so what are we doing about it ? Sharing this information far and wide is crucial at the height of the spiking outbreak . It could save someone’s life .
Maria May currently sits on the board of advisors of the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM), a trade body created which reads like a roll call of the industry's behind-the-scenes heavyweights. May works tirelessly to defend and shine a light on the electronic music industry and has recently been campaigning to get more support from the UK government during the Covid pandemic working alongside and supporting the NTIA (Night Time Industries Association), to whom she has now been appointed to the Board of Directors.
May was also recently inducted into the Music Week Roll of Honour, which aims to highlight the breadth, depth and variety of individuals who are ‘game changers’ in the music industry, with one common theme; they are either female, or their activities consistently benefit women, or focus on female empowerment/gender disparity.
Maria joined CAA in 2012 to lead the high-powered Hollywood talent titan's expansion into dance music and under CAA’s head of music Rob Light, May and her expanding global team have developed the division into a crucial player with a roster including Guetta, Black Eyed Peas, The Chainsmokers, Nicky Romero, Robin Schulz, Oliver Heldens, Pretty Lights, Griz, Roisin Murphy, Lee Burridge, Mashrou'Leila, Marshall Jefferson, Jonas Blue, Alle Farben, Paul Kalkbrenner, Meduza, Hayden James and Gok Wan and emerging artists like Alok, Mambo Brothers, Hugel, M22 and DJ Regard. May was named an International Power Player by Billboard Magazine for their 2021 edition with her colleagues Emma Banks, Mike Greek, Chris Dalston and Marline Tsuchii.
Getahead launched initially as a 24 hour mental health and wellbeing festival in London in partnership with London Tech Week, and supported by charity Help Musicians. The festival itself offered a platform to also launch a Record label and Podcast series.
Jenni has recently launched wellbeing business Work Inspired, which works with and supports organisations on their people and communities mental health and well-being needs. Tailoring bespoke content to each client's individual requirements, programmes are curated across the brand pillars Training, Health, Development and Fun. Work Inspired delivers programmes both in the workplace and online, or as hybrid events.
Sally is the Director of Love Live Music UK, a part of Addonova Limited – a digital company connecting Audiences to Music and Brands. She is a Tutor and Mentor at Tileyard Education lecturing on the Masters International Music Marketing course. Sally Co-Founded DevelopHer – a non profit for 20K Women in the UK supporting them in their technology careers. She has worked at Glastonbury as the Digital Manager for Silver Hayes since 2013 producing digital communication strategies for over 200 Artists per year. Sally is an Ambassador for the mental health charity Getahead and a global mentor for the She Said So mentoring programme. She is an Honouree of the She Said So Power List.
Kirsty is the Founder and Director of Azorra Limited, a legal and business affairs consultancy for the live events, festivals and venues industry. Azorra’s clients include (amongst others) G-A-Y, Oval Space, Dreamland, Forum Birmingham, Vivendi Live, Red Rooster Festival and Standon Calling. Kirsty has worked in the night time economy since 2007, previously as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of MAMA Group (owner of venues such as Hammersmith Apollo, Kentish Town Forum and Jazz Café and festivals including Lovebox, Wilderness and The Great Escape) and Legal Director of The o2. As MAMA Group’s COO, Kirsty served as an Executive Director and the only female board member. Kirsty is also a trustee of G-A-Y’s charity, The G-A-Y Foundation.
Grace is a senior brand manager for Event Horizon and has worked in the Music industry for over 8 years. She is an experienced marketing and promotions manager, promoter, and event coordinator and has worked for some of the biggest festivals and names in the Music Industry across her career. She has spent the last two years working closely with Save Nightlife to execute campaigns such as “Dear Boris”, “What Next” & “Let us Dance.
Margot is a stripper and an activist. She is heavily involved in the current campaign against the strip club nil-caps occurring all over the country, notably Bristol where she works. She is a member of the Bristol Sex Workers Collective, has participated in the creation of the National SEV Coalition and is a representative of the union United Sex Workers (branch of of the workers union United Voices of the World). Her aim is to advocate for the safety of the the stripping and the sex work community as whole, and to fight for better working conditions for everyone involved in the trade.
Professor Fiona Measham was appointed Chair in Criminology at the University of Liverpool in 2019. Fiona has conducted research for three decades exploring changing trends in drugs, drug policy and the socio-cultural contexts to intoxication, often through the lens of gender. Her recent research focuses on recreational drugs, leisure sex and transgressive leisure, and harm reduction services with particular reference to drug checking. She is currently working on an Arts Council-funded study of the impact of COVID on queer nightlife.
Fiona has been an advisor to the UK government through the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs since appointed by the Home Secretary in 2008 and also sits on the Drug Science, Night Time Industry Association, Labour Party and Conservative drug policy reform expert panels. Previous expert advisory roles include to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, UK Ministerial Review of New Psychoactive Substances and Liberal Democrat cannabis regulation expert panel.
Fiona is co-founder and co-director of the Loop (2013-) and the Loop Australia (2018-), non profit harm reduction NGOs providing drug checking and associated healthcare services in community, festival and nightlife settings. The Loop introduced event-based drug checking in the UK in 2016 and community-based drug checking in the UK in 2018. Fiona is currently on the advisory board of the Scottish government drug checking feasibility study.
“These statistics are shocking, but not surprising. Time and time again, we speak to students and young women who are fed up of feeling unsafe and insecure at night whilst also recognising that this is not a new problem facing this generation. This report is so important in communicating the experiences and concerns surrounding the night time industries. We can only hope that these statistics are taken as seriously as young people currently feel about this topic.”
Attitude is Everything connects deaf and disabled people with music and events industries to improve access together. Suzanne was honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2013 for services to music, arts and disabled people. She was also awarded Access All Areas Editor’s Award at the Event Production Awards 2015.
From February 2017 – February 2020, she was appointed as one of the Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health’s Sector Champions, who helped to tackle the issues disabled people face as consumers. She represented the music industry, and she used her influential status as a leader in her industry to promote the benefits of being inclusive to disabled people. In May of the same year, she was listed in She Said So’s Alternative Power 100 List – celebrating the music industry’s unheard voices - and then in November, she was enrolled in Music Week’s Women In Music Awards Roll Of Honour.
In November 2018, Suzanne was awarded Music Week’s Women in Music “Campaigner of the Year” Award, in recognition of her work to make live music more inclusive and accessible.
She has been listed in the Power 100 – 100 most influential disabled people in the UK – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020.
Steven Braines heads talent management collective The Weird & The Wonderful with Sophia Kearney. Historically, Steven has managed legendary acts such as Tricky, Tale of Us, KDA and Magda; his current roster includes the award-winning Maya Jane Coles, Catz ’n Dogz, Louisahhh! More recently the company forged an alliance with TaP MGT home to Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, DJ Shadow and more where Steven and Sophia are tasked with heading up their burgeoning electronic division.
He also runs HE.SHE.THEY. an international event series, fashion label and record label also with Sophia aimed at promoting and platforming intersectional diversity and inclusion in the arts. Events have taken place at fabric, Rex, Pacha, Watergate amongst other clubs from New York to Amsterdam to Mumbai with the likes of Maya, Ellen Allien and Miss Kittin through to Dennis Ferrer, Honey Dijon and George Fitzgerald gracing the decks.
Steven is currently a board member of both the MMF and AFEM board and has spoken at events including ADE, Miami WMC, Sonar, Les Nuits Sonores, BBC Introducing, Paris Electronique week. Earlier in his career; Steven worked in A&R at Zomba Music Publishing, ran events for Kiss and Ministry as well as his own club events, and held management roles at both Crown Management and Incentive Music. Steven has also DJed and served as a journalist where he interviewed everyone from Goldfrapp through to Richard Branson. An eclectic working life Steven is also a trained organisational psychologist and part-time poet.
Samantha Warren, PhD is a Co-chair of the Association for Electronic Music’s ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ group and Professor of Organization Studies at University of Portsmouth, UK, in the Faculty of Business and Law. In the Key of She is her research project exploring career experiences of female and gender minority electronic music producers to investigate how to bring about a better gender balance in the industry (funded by The Leverhulme Trust). Sam also DJs and produces music herself under the name of ‘Dovetail’ and has a monthly radio show in collaboration with UK based DJ and artist collective Sisu, where she presents interviews with femxle producers alongside their music to showcase talent across a range of genres. Sam has written for Beatportal, Dancecult, Mixmag, and The Independent.