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MU Marks International Women's Month by Supporting the All Things Equal Manifesto

Brighter Sound calls for gender equality in music with ground-breaking manifesto All Things Equal.

Published: 22 March 2022 | 4:43 PM Updated: 24 March 2022 | 2:14 PM
Four women locking arms behind each other with their backs to the camera, standing on grass.
The manifesto ... aims to create long-lasting change around the roles, representation and recognition of women and people of marginalised genders in music. Image credit: Shutterstock.

The manifesto is the culmination of 5 years work on the ‘Both Sides Now Programme’ and aims to create long-lasting change around the roles, representation and recognition of women and people of marginalised genders in music. An open letter will follow, with full findings and recommendations from the manifesto announced at the launch event held on the 8th March 2022, where the MU had a stall.

Debra King, Director of Brighter Sound, commented:

“As an organisation at the forefront of gender equality through ‘Both Sides Now’, we’ve seen significant positive action in the music industry over the last five years, when it comes to representation and equality. However, countless barriers persist for many marginalised people, making it harder to get the support and access they need. With the launch of our crowd-sourced manifesto, we want to pave the way for measurable and impactful change that enables future and current talent from all backgrounds to feel safe, visible and included.”

Launch event

A large-scale and immersive audio-visual installation by Rebecca Smith (Urban Projections) was created specifically for the event, with a custom soundtrack by British electronic music creator Loraine James, and spoken word from Princess Arinola Adegbite.

Rebecca spoke about the work:

“This piece represents a shift in equilibrium. There is an acute sense of tension and harmony which is felt throughout, from beautifully transcendent moments of calm and reflection, to chaotic and sometimes disorientating mechanical swells. The piece tries to jostle with the journey of re-balancing and making things equal.”

Loraine James added:

"This was such a unique opportunity to explore music in a different context and develop ideas alongside a visual artist, I’m so excited to see how they work together."

A private viewing for artists and music industry professionals was followed by a free public event, which was open to all from 7:00 pm to midnight, with a line-up of DJs including Girls Don’t Sync and Shannen SP.

About Brighter Sound

Brighter Sound is a creative music charity based in Manchester, UK. It aims to develop the music creators, leaders and industry professionals of the future, with a strong focus on supporting those who are underrepresented. Its creative projects, residencies, training and events help people with everything from artistic and career development, to building supportive communities and personal confidence. You can find out more information about them via the official site here.

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