International Womens Day, Celebrating Women

Celebrating International Women’s Day

After Kesha’s emotional Grammy’s performance and her prominence in the #metoo movement, now is a time for us musicians to celebrate gender equality more than ever before.
At this year’s Grammy’s awards, audiences watched closely to see whether the gender inclusivity debate in the arts industry would be voiced. And sure enough, it was. Not only did the women wear white roses, but men too. Some expressed solidarity for women’s equal pay, with Sam Smith demanding “equality for absolutely everyone.” Just before Kesha’s performance of her hit single, ‘Praying’, recording artist, Janelle Monáe, made an impassioned speech saying she is proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist but a young woman with my fellow sisters … who make up the music industry.”
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So today we are asking you, WHO are you celebrating this International Women’s Day? How many gigs do you go to with purely male acts, when you know a female that would fit the part perfectly? And WHAT are you celebrating? Which female artists do you think deserve equal pay to their male counterparts? In her speech, Monáe asked the audience to look at women in the whole of the music industry: “artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEO, producers, engineers and women from all sectors of the business.” Which underrepresented females will you give credit to this International Women’s Day? Give them a shout-out or praise them for their work this year on the 8th of March!

This year, the International Women’s Day is leading the call-to-action for progression as a way of uniting our community. Welcoming all musicians, Need Music, our artists, and our customers, are proud to be part of this cause. So as a celebration of our female talent, we are hosting an all-female line-up at our weekly showcase at the Duke of Wellington, featuring Aimee Lambert. 
Interview with: HOLLY REES
How long have you been a musician for? 
I got my first guitar when I was 15. But when I picked up an electro-acoustic guitar at uni that’s when I actually learned to play. I did my first Open Mic Night in January and it was full steam ahead from there!
What is your favourite venue to play at in Newcastle?
I love playing the Duke of Wellington because everyone’s lovely in there.
What made you want to become a musician? 
I enjoy it. I got a guitar when I was 15 because I wanted to be cool. A few years later when I started properly playing it just for me, it was a good distraction from my uni work. 
What female artists are most inspirational to you? 
Joni Mitchell. She’s class, her lyric writing is amazing and so are all of her melodies. She properly paved the way for female songwriters. 
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