HMNI announces recipients of first ever Women In Music Northern Ireland fund


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Help Musicians NI, the Northern Ireland office of Help Musicians UK based in Belfast, is pleased to announce five beneficiaries of the charity’s first ever Women In Music Northern Ireland fund.

Women in Music is a global non-profit organisation founded to support and empower women in the music industry. In 2017, Help Musicians UK announced a ground-breaking partnership with Women in Music and subsequently launched Women in Music Northern Ireland in June 2018 – one of the first European chapters of the organisation.

The Women in Music Northern Ireland Fund is designed to support organisations and established collectives working to promote gender equality and the role of women in music. The new fund has been created to provide grants of between £1000 - £5000 to support projects that aim to advance the awareness of gender equality and diversity in music in Northern Ireland, through education and skills development, support and empowerment. The project should produce tangible and measurable results, such as providing women with demonstrable skills in sound engineering and production.

The five recipients for 2018 are as follows:

  • FairPlé aims to achieve gender balance in the production, performance, promotion, and development of Irish traditional and folk music, advocating for equal opportunity and balanced representation for all, promoting discussion through conference and performance events, commissioning academic research and facilitating the creation of networks.
  • Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble (HRSE) curates an annual season of concerts promoting work by local composers who would not otherwise have an outlet for their music and it introduces audiences to cutting-edge international works. In addition, it offers workshops and mentorship to early career composers and performers as well as to disabled musicians.
  • NEO NEO showcases high quality contemporary music and visual art through live events with a focus on experimental electronic performance and collaborative practices. Each event is curated, with invited music creators commissioned to make new works (or works in progress) presented in the format of a unique immersive experience for both performers and audiences.
  • Start Together Studio has been established for over ten years in Belfast, as a recording studio specialising in high-quality mixing and production. The studio has recorded & mixed over 500+ artists from all around the world for independent and major record labels, music management companies and broadcasters.
  • Wall2Wall believe in everybody's musical ability and the transformative power of making music together, working in schools and communities, across generations and divides and in collaboration with other art forms. Wall2Wall enable groups of people to make new music that they value and which contributes to a healthy cultural life.
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