Women’s Work Festival kicks off with Help Musicians Northern Ireland as Principal Partner

Women’s Work, the annual festival celebrating women’s contribution to the music industry in Northern Ireland, has launched today in Belfast. As Principal Partner, Help Musicians Northern Ireland (HMNI) is supporting a range of showcases, gigs, exhibitions and panels and hosting two special events on Friday 8 June at the Oh Yeah Centre.


Help Musicians NI is proud to be supporting Women’s Work in such a landmark year as part of a growing global movement and industry wide commitment to closing the gender diversity gap.

Charlotte Dryden of Oh Yeah said: “There is no doubt that the talent, determination and visibility of women across many sectors has been much more prevalent in recent years. This has been through a concerted movement of change across the world, and in terms of music and the wider creative and cultural landscape Women’s Work has worked hard to be part of that change in Belfast. It’s encouraging also that we can depend on supporters that share the vision, that’s why it’s with great pleasure we can welcome Help Musicians NI as our principal partner this year.”


Christine Brown, Director of External Affairs & Business Development said “Help Musicians NI is delighted to support Women’s Work festival for a second year. In a year marking the centenary of the female vote in the UK, women have a more important role than ever at the core of activism and meaningful political change, with music as the backdrop for this change-making. Women’s Work is making a significant contribution to the global gender diversity and equality conversation and this supports one of the charity’s missions which is to make a positive impact on lives and transform the music industry through advocacy, campaigning and targeted investment. HMNI believes that we are stronger together and aims to work together with partners to create lasting change and support for equality.”


HMNI will host a workshop focused on self-care, mental wellbeing with a focus on the charity’s Music Minds Matter mental health support line and service. The charity will also host a mixer event to launch Women in Music NI, a new chapter of the world-wide organisation Women in Music.

Music Minds Matter Workshop 

Where: Oh Yeah Music Centre
When: Friday 8 June
Doors: 6PM - 8PM
More info: https://bit.ly/2sHmrhU 
RSVP to [email protected] 

The workshop will feature a discussion between Paula Larkin (University of Atypical) and Jo Wright (Citizen Music Ireland) regarding the highs and lows of working within the music industry. Building on that discussion, integrative counsellor and mentor Sandra Gourley (Clinician / Mentor) will share her expertise as part of a self-care toolkit to support in managing one’s wellbeing.

Women In Music NI Launch

Where: HMNI Office - Oh Yeah Music Centre - 2nd Floor
When: Saturday 9 June
Doors: 2PM - 4PM
More info: https://bit.ly/2Hk1VJg 
RSVP to [email protected]

HMNI calls for those in Belfast this week to come along, sign up to HMNI events and join the celebrations.

For more information of what’s happening at Women’s Work this week, visit https://womensworkni.co.uk/ 

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