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[Commlist] Women, Music and Celebrity event

Fri Apr 12 11:51:28 GMT 2019

*2 weeks today! Do book as we anticipate selling out.*

The Celebrity Culture Club presents:

*Pop Cultures: Women, Music, and Celebrity*

Round table discussion and Q&A, 4.30-6pm, 26^th  April 2019

The Allbright, 11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR

Tickets are free but limited. Booking is essential:

Whether on stage or behind the scenes, women's status in the music industry needs interrogation. Pop music culture circulates representations of women that both shape and reflect their role in our culture. At both ends of the spectrum it is a site for some of the most regressive gender tropes and some of the most excitingly resistant, norm-shattering responses to them. On an industrial level, women have to fight for their seat at the mixing desk: of the world’s 600 most popular songs last year, only two per cent were produced by women, the gender pay gap at some of the biggest music-focused companies is a staggering 30 per cent, and just 14 per cent of performers at US festivals were women. At the 5th Celebrity Culture Club event, our panel of speakers from academia and the music industry discuss how women are represented in the music industry, both on stage and behind the scenes.

Speakers include:

    Ayse Hassan is the bassist for Mercury Prize shortlisted, all-female
    post-punk band, Savages. She makes music in collaborations Kite Base
    and 180db and solo as ESYA.
    Maxie Gedge does Communications for PRS Foundation, the UK's leading
    funder for new music and talent development. She is the Director of
    the record label Gravy, and the drummer for both angry pop girl
    group Graceland and Current Bond. She has an MMus in Sonic Arts,
    has worked for festivals, venues and talent development
    organisations, programmed hundreds of new music shows, and promotes
    and DJs at queer dance parties.
    Dr Kirsty Fairclough is Associate Dean: Research and Innovation in
    the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. She
    publishes on the audio-visual mediation of popular music. Titles
    include: The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop, The Arena
    Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment, Music/Video: Forms,
    Aesthetics, Media, Prince: An Interdisciplinary Life, and Beyoncé:
    Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture.
    Chair: Dr Hannah Yelin Senior Lecturer in Media and Culture, Oxford
    Brookes University.

On the ground floor there is a bar serving refreshments. The event takes place on the 2nd floor, please let us know if we can help with the stairs.

Organised by Dr Hannah Yelin in collaboration with Maxie Gedge for the AllBright.

The Allbright Academy exists to help women gain the skills, confidence and network needed to achieve their career ambitions.

The Celebrity Culture Club brings together academics, those working in what can broadly be called 'the media industry', and interested members of the public, to discuss the important questions of the day in relation to celebrity culture. <>

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