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Women in the Music Industry talk

Five female experts in the Music industry recently shared their experiences with a full crowd of students at our Watford Campus. Having worked alongside the likes of artists such as The Weeknd, as well as major brands, record labels and festivals, the panel was jam-packed with talent and experience. They gave their insights into life as a woman in the music industry and explained what it takes to make it in this highly competitive business.

The line-up:

Louise Bartle 

A huge talent in British drumming, currently performing with the award-winning British band Bloc Party.

Becky Richardson

Spent three years at Island Records before moving on to set up Paisley London, an agency representing the hottest upcoming talent.

Aimi Lewis-Mattock 

Account director for the Zeitgest Agency, working with major festivals such as Reading and Leeds.

Clare Maxwell 

Spent 8 years as Senior Manager at Raw Power Management.

Camella Agabalyan

Marketing Manager for MAMA festivals, and has worked on festivals including Lovebox.












      (From left to right: Camella, Aimi, Clare, Becky, Louise)

The panel revealed positive and negative experiences of being a woman in the music industry, an industry traditionally dominated by men. Although some of the panel explained how they had suffered discrimination, they all agreed that the industry is now moving forward and that there is a greater push for equality.

Becky Richardson summed this up by saying: “Certain areas of the industry are still really dated however there has been an improvement in recent years, with fresh new female artists coming along who don’t feel they have to fit in with traditional pop stereotypes.”

One of our Level 5 HND Music students, Paige Evans, said: “I found the talk really beneficial. The girls were really down to earth and answered my question in great detail. Coming out of the talk, I’ve got a clearer picture in my head of my future career path and I can’t wait to get started.”

Every seat was filled on the day and Music tutor, Steph Carter, previously a member of the well-known band Gallows, used his contacts to great effect in arranging the line-up and organising the event.

Steph explained how he felt it went: "We had an amazing array of talent on the panel. All the women involved helped to provide such a detailed insight into the music industry, and gave invaluable information on progression opportunities to all the students who were able to attend.”

Overall, the first industry panel talk of the year was extremely successful and the students are all looking forward to the next event.

If you're interested in a career in the Music industry, our HND in Music is the perfect qualification to get you into the business. Read more here.

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