Abbey Road Equalise Celebrates International Women's Day at Angel Studios

Abbey Road Equalise Celebrates International Women's Day at Angel Studios

Abbey Road Studios has today announced details of its third annual Equalise Festival, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Taking place on Saturday 5 March at the newly reopened Angel Studios in Islington, this year’s Equalise Festival will feature a range of masterclasses and panel discussions designed to inspire and empower young women aspiring to a career in music and production.

Participants will be able to attend for free by entering a ballot and the festival will also be livestreamed on the Abbey Road Studios website.

Less than 5% of music producers and engineers are women and the team at Abbey Road Studios is determined to play its part in addressing this imbalance.

In 2020, Abbey Road Studios launched the Equalise programme, born out of the Studios’ commitment to driving awareness and understanding of music production as a credible and accessible career path for under-represented groups. The programme aims to provide basic tools, knowledge and support to encourage more women to enter the industry, creating opportunities for young people across the UK and internationally.

This year’s programme will shine a light on the artist and production career paths available in the music industry, with some of the UK’s most exciting rising female talent. Also included is a session exploring the journeys of three of the most successful British female composers, while a panel of top female A&R executives will share their advice for artists on how to get spotted. Back by popular demand, the Abbey Road team will be offering free one-to-one mentoring sessions throughout March, covering a broad range of music careers beyond the recording studio and stage.
Isabel Garvey, Managing Director, Abbey Road Studios says: ‘I’m delighted to be expanding our Abbey Road Equalise event in its third year, with a full day of programming and some brilliant guests sharing their insights and advice. We are already seeing Equalise deliver real impact in the music community and inspiring young women as they begin their careers. Getting more women into a wide variety of roles within the music industry remains vitally important and Equalise has become one of the highlights of our year.’

Mark Robertson, Head of Brand & Communications, Abbey Road Studios adds: ‘With a live audience of 2,000 and over 10,000 joining the live stream, our Amplify festival last November highlighted how young people are looking for advice on how to navigate the music industry. As a result, we’re taking the same approach to this year’s Equalise event for International Women’s Day. I’m particularly thrilled that we’re extending the themes to cover A&R and film scoring, with some of the most successful female execs and composers in the UK.’

View the full line-up, enter the ballot to be in the room or sign-up to the live stream here.

10:00am - 11:00am - Abbey Road Institute Panel Discussion: Getting Started in the Music Industry

A panel of Abbey Road Institute graduates, who are now carving out their careers within different areas of the music industry discuss these different roles, what they entail and how they got them.

11:15am - 12:15pm – Talking Songwriting with Eyelar & Kay Young

Dutch born, London based singer songwriter Eyelar, producer, singer and rapper Kay Young discuss their craft and tips and dissect their own tracks.

12:30pm - 1.30pm - How to Get Heard with Universal Music UK A&Rs

Universal Music UK A&Rs Char Grant, Rachel Holmberg and Muna Ruumi share advice to the next generation.

2.30pm - 3.30pm - Music Production 101 Masterclass with Abbey Road’s Marta Di Nozzi and Sarah Meyz

Abbey Road’s Marta Di Nozzi gives a detailed account of her path to becoming an assistant engineer at Abbey Road, the fundamentals of how a studio operates and the key skills and requirements you need to excel in the role before fellow colleague Sarah Meyz share a Pro Tools session, designed to give an understanding of how recording and mixing works.

3.45 - 4.45PM - Recording and Mixing Essentials with Fiona Cruickshan, Hannah V & Chloe Kraemer

Recording engineer, producer and film music editor Fiona Cruickshank and producer and songwriter Hannah V give an overview of their careers to date and how they got to where they are today, including tips for other young female producers and engineers, before the session is opened up for a Q&A.

5.00PM - 6.00PM - Music for TV & Film Masterclass with Anne Nikitin, Nanita Desai and Anne Dudley

Canadian composer Anne Nikitin, Ivor Novello nominated composer Nanita Desai and composer and pop musician Anne Dudley explore their journeys, leading an overview on composition, and discussing how they would score a cue from a film.


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