On Wednesday 7 June at MIDEM, Help Musicians UK (HMUK) announced that they are partnering with Women In Music (WIM), a global non-profit organisation founded to support and empower women in the music industry.
This ground-breaking partnership launches WIM’s first European chapters entitled Women in Music Great Britain and Women in Music Northern Ireland. This will further establish HMUK's commitment to promoting gender equality in the UK music industry after their recent high profile work with the UN Fund for Women’s HeForShe campaign.
Below is the full speech from Christine Brown, Director of External Affairs and Chief of Staff at HMUK, who announced the exciting partnership during a private brunch, panel and networking event at MIDEM hosted by WIM.
Good morning, my name is Christine Brown and I am a proud woman in music. As Director of External Affairs and Chief of Staff at Help Musicians UK.
I have witnessed and have been inspired by many innovative but disparate gender equality initiatives across the UK.
Help Musicians UK’s role has always been to be the independent charitable voice of the music industry, giving out over £5 million per year.
We want to join the dots between those committed industry bodies and charities that have already laid firm foundations for gender equality and the role of women in music.
As a young female senior executive in the UK music industry, I am part of the next generation and it has always been my goal to act as a catalyst to raise awareness, empower and recognise the worth of other women.
UK music has often been at the forefront of the global music industry. It is therefore timely and a real privilege for me and Help Musicians to partner and invest on a global scale and launch two new chapters with Women in Music here today.
Just as women have often been the pioneering spirit behind music revolutions, we want Women in Music Great Britain and Women in Music NI to blaze a trail for women across the UK involved in the music industry—creating real and sustainable gender equality.
So my message to my UK colleagues and friends today, is to join us and get involved in Women in Music Great Britain and Women in Music Northern Ireland. With your voices, ideas and initiatives, both new and existing, we can create that equality and build a meaningful coalition, not just across the UK but globally, because it’s only together that we can affect change.