On 4, 5, 6 & 8 March, Abbey Road Equalise opens up its doors to the next generation of female and non-binary artists and creatives for a free day of panel talks & masterclasses for International Women's Day 2024!

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. Over the last four years, Equalise has extended its remit to provide insight and advice across a wider set of careers in music, as well as special events and films to coincide with Pride and Trans Day of Visibility, furthering its mission to promote diversity.

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 11AM GMT 8 March


How To Enter

  1. Sign up for a ticket

Sign up here for the panels

Sign up here for the recording workshops

Sign up here for the composer's competition - more information below

Spaces are limited inside the room, so we are running a ballot for seats. You can apply for one of three sessions through out the day.

  1. Ballot closes & winners announced

The ballot closes on Thursday 29 February at 23:59PM and winners will be selected and notified on Friday 1 March. Please note, if you are travelling from abroad, we will not be able to cover travel or accommodation.

  1. If unselected, you can still watch the livestream & take part in the mentoring sessions!

We will be livestreaming the entire day of workshops and panels, so if you don't manage to win a ticket, you can watch everything from the comfort of your own home!

Don't forget, we're running mentoring sessions via Zoom, too. Details below.


Schedule - Saturday 4, 5, 6 & 8 March 2024

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Hover over each speaker to find out more about them.


4, 5 & 6 March - Recording Workshops

New for 2024 is a set of special recording sessions with rising stars and Independent Venue Week ambassadors, English Teacher, Picture Parlour and one more artist, who is yet to be announced, as part of our ongoing Abbey Road Lock-In series.

Over three days, these unique workshops will allow aspiring female and non-binary engineers to take part in a live recording session guided by Abbey Road’s female engineering team. Access is via the online application above with five places on offer each day.


11:00AM - 12:15PM GMT

Behind The Console: Anne Nikitin & Fiona Cruickshank Deconstruct The Moonwalkers

Hosted by Composer Magazine's Loren Sunderland, gain exclusive access to the creative minds behind the console, Anne Nikitin and Fiona Cruikshank. Delve into their collaborative process as they dissect how they worked with Tom Hanks on The Moonwalkers score in Studio Two.

To coincide with awards season, we've started the year by celebrating the film and TV composers that bring their art to our house. As part of this push, we're offering one lucky aspiring female or non-binary composer a chance to win a 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with Anne and Fiona as well as a ticket to the full day of panels.

12:30PM - 13:45PM GMT

In Conversation With Composer Agency Resister 515

Resister 515 is a music supervision agency dedicated to amplifying the voices of female and gender diverse composers.

Chaired by members of the agency, the panel will delve into the diverse perspectives, innovative approaches and compelling narratives of each composer. Discover the stories behind their work and the transformative work of Resister 515.

14:15PM - 15:15PM GMT

Sync Music With UMPG Sync & Universal Production Music

An overview of what sync is within the music industry; the relationships between publishers, artists and clients and how to be a successful sync writer.

Panelists include: Sam Pake (Universal Production Music), Clare Kelly (UMPG Sync), Karina Byrne (Composer) and Rebekah Fitch (Composer).

15:30PM - 16:30PM GMT

GIRLSofGRIME Present: Power.Of.Women in Production

Trailblazing collective, GirlsofGrime, will be presenting an overview of what they do and how to get involved before getting into detail of everything they've achieved through their Power.Of.Women in Production programme.

The programme saw 8 female creators enhance their production skills, expand their knowledge and confidence, and cultivate community and industry relationships in a shared immersive experience.

Hosted by GirlsofGrime founder, Shakira Walters, the panel will be chaired by producers, artists and staff from the programme who will present a short screening as well as a playback session.

GIRLSofGRIME is an independent female-led grassroots organisation steering change towards gender balance within the music industry. We are a Talent Development organisation on a mission to level the playing field and bring more diversity to the industry by giving women in music the support they need to take their careers to the next level.

They offer programmes for artists, DJs, and producers to improve their skills; create opportunities for live performances both nationally & internationally and provide career progression pathways for our next generation of women in music, across all roles. Our ultimate goal is to create safe spaces for our future females to be able to fulfil their maximum potential.

17:00PM - 18:00PM GMT

Mixing & Engineering Essentials

An insightful session on mastering the fundamentals of mixing and engineering with experts including acclaimed engineers Dani Bennett Spragg, Marcela Rada and Natalia Milanesi. Learn essential techniques, tools and approaches from seasoned professionals to elevate your sound production skills.


18:15PM - 19:15PM GMT

An Engineer's Diary: A Day In The Life

From the fundamentals of recording to the intricate nuances of mixing and mastering, a panel of engineers provide an overview of a typical day in the studio, explaining how to gain hands-on experience, exploring real-world challenges and understanding the skills needed and how to practice them at home.

Also new for 2024 is the Mentor Centre, a series of focused one-to-one career conversations with leading talent across the music industry, running throughout March.

Sessions will happen via Zoom to accommodate those that can't make it into the studios.

Access is via the email address below, with options including: artist, songwriter & producer Jordan Rakei, Sally Davies (Managing Director, Abbey Road Studios), Ange Pattico (Chief People Officer, Universal Music UK), Rachel Holmberg (Director of A&R, Decca), Sarah Henderson (Managing Director, Murray Chalmers PR), Dom Dronska (General Manager, Audiomovers), Lucy Launder (Head of Mastering, Abbey Road), Fiona Gillott (Head of Studios & Artist Relations, Abbey Road) and Xylo Aria (Founder, Music Production for Women).

To book your place, please send an email to jamie.hayes@abbeyroad.com. Please let us know a little bit about yourself and which mentor/s you would like to see and why.

Listen To Our Equalise Playlist


For any questions, feel free to drop us a line below!

Jamie Hayes

Content Marketing Manager

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Please note that Abbey Road is a working studio and business and as such, is not open to the general public for visits or tours. For information on vacancies and internships in the UK, please visit the Universal Music website.