On Saturday 4 March, Abbey Road Equalise opens up its doors to the next generation of female artists and creatives for a free day of panel talks & masterclasses for International Women's Day 2023!

Designed to inspire and empower young women aspiring to a career in music, Abbey Road Equalise was borne out of the studios’ ambition to encourage more women to consider engineering and production as a credible career path, given less than 5% of producers and engineers are female. Since launching in March 2020, Equalise has explored careers in film scoring, A&R, songwriting and getting started as an artist. While music creation remains at the heart of Abbey Road Equalise, 2023 sees the festival embrace new themes including music technology.

Hear from some of the music industry’s leading women and most exciting rising female talent about how they got started and their essential tips for success.

Watch the livestream from 10AM GMT 4 March


Schedule - Saturday 4 March 20223


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10:00AM - 11:00AM GMT

Moderated by Jack Lintorn (A.K.A Klaverson): Music Production 101 featuring Kay Young (Artist), Sans Soucis (Artist/Producer), Club Fitness (DJ/Artist) & Sarah Meyz (Senior Runner, Abbey Road)

Learn how to get started in music production, why representation is important and how to not be defined by gender.

This panel will provide insight into the various paths one can take to pursue a career in the recording and production sector of the music industry.

Hosted by artist and producer, Jack Lintorn (A.K.A Klaverson), the panelists, include artists and producers Kay Young and Sans Soucis, DJ and artist, Club Fitness and Abbey Road senior runner Sarah Meyz as they share their experiences, discuss the pros and cons of different approaches, and offer advice to aspiring musicians, DJs and producers.

The discussion will cover topics such as traditional music education, self-taught production techniques, online courses, apprenticeships, and more.

11:15AM - 12:15PM GMT

Abbey Road Red Presents: Women Do Tech moderated by Virgin Music UK President and Abbey Road Red Board Member Vanessa Bosåen featuring Xann Schwinn (Co-Founder & CEO, Biiah), Christine Osazuwa (Chief Strategy Officer, Shoobs), Ariana Alexander-Sefre (Founder & Co-CEO, SPOKE), Alica Molito (Co-Founder & CIO, XONE) & Rachel Lyske (CEO, DAACI)

Hosted by Vanessa Bosåen, this panel will include a range of female industry leaders, including women working in various roles within music technology.

In line with this year’s UN Women’s IWD theme, panel members will discuss how they got started and navigated an ever changing industry, and their tips for success.

Panelists include: Vanessa Bosåen (President, Virgin Music UK; Board Member, Abbey Road Red) as host, Xann Schwinn (Co-Founder & CEO, Biiah), Christine Osazuwa (Chief Strategy Officer, Shoobs), Ariana Alexander-Sefre (Founder & Co-CEO), Alica Molito (Co-Founder & CIO, XONE) and Rachel Lyske (CEO, DAACI).

12:30PM - 1:30PM GMT

In partnership with Scala Radio: Scoring For Film & TV featuring Jocelyn Pook, Natalie Holt & Oleta Haffner

Hosted by Scala Radio's Jenny Nelson, join top composers including Jocelyn Pook, Natalie Holt and Oleta Haffner as they reveal the secrets to crafting the perfect soundtrack for the silver and small screens.

From discovering new inspiration to nailing that big pitch, this panel will teach you everything you need to know about breaking into the world of composition for film and TV scoring.

2:30PM – 3:30PM GMT

Morderated by Radio X & Classic Rock's Sunta Templeton: The Craft of Songwriting featuring Enny, Sharna Bass, Dana Margolin (Porridge Radio), lau.ra & Chloe Howard (Lime Garden)

Hosted by Radio X & Classic Rock's Sunta Templeton, a collection of hit-making female songwriters come together to discuss the craft of songwriting, from unlocking creativity to nailing the perfect chorus.

Speakers include: Enny, Sharna Bass, Dana Margolin (Porridge Radio), lau.ra and Chloe Howard (Lime Garden).

Join us as they talk about their process for writing and offer essential advice.

3:45PM - 4:45PM GMT

Moderated by Radio X & Classic Rock's Sunta Templeton: Getting Signed featuring Fiona Pope (A&R & Creative Partnerships, Decca), Olivia Edwards-Allen (Artist Manager, Sweet Management), Babs Thornton (Artist Manager, Baby Queen), Hollie Boston (A&R, Polydor) & more TBA

Still trying to figure out how to make your big break in the music industry?

Hosted by Radio X's Sunta Templeton, join us as Fiona Pope (A&R & Creative Partnerships Manager, Decca), Olivia Edwards-Allen (Artist Manager, Sweet Managmenet, Debbie, Cat Burns & Goddard), Babs Thornton (Artist Manager, Baby Queen), Hollie Boston (A&R, Polydor) and more spill the secrets of the role of A&R and artist management and explore how labels and managers are working in 2023, scouting for new talent and what they look for in an artist.

5:00PM - 6:00PM GMT

Moderated by Abbey Road Institute's Hannah Fitzgerald: Careers In Music featuring YolanDa Brown OBE DL, Debbie Gayle (Co-founder, LiveSource), Alexandra Ampofo (Metropolis Music/Live Nation), Sarah Henderson (MD, MCPR) and Katy Lana Hall (Industry Readiness Manager)

Hosted by Abbey Road Institute's Hannah Fitzgerald, this panel will include women working in a range of roles within the music industry from marketing, record labels, artist management, education, publishing and more as they share their journey, tips, and advice on finding success and advancing their careers in a typically male-dominated industry.

Don't miss the opportunity to network afterwards and learn from the experiences of women who have succeeded in the music industry.


6:30PM - 7:00PM GMT

Live Performance: Bellah Mae

An intimate, live performance from Bellah Mae in the legendary Studio Three.

Listen to our Abbey Road Equalise playlist.


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