“Our vision is to create an environment that supports collaboration, creativity and positive values. We value professionalism and high standard work ethics.” She Said So
We celebrate a small selection of fantastic inspirational women currently working across the breadth of the music industry. With a plethora of revolutionary women shaping many musical periods, we look at women who are currently leading the way in innovation.
Our panelists tell us their roles and discuss how important female empowerment is in the creative industries and what are the areas they feel are in need of a more prominent female presence. How can we raise the profile of women making an impact in the industry? How can we create an environment that supports collaboration amongst creatives no matter our gender?
Claire is Help Musicians UK’s Creative Director. Her background is at the Foundation for FutureLondon (previously The Legacy List) where she led the creative vision for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and devised a programme which ensured the cultural legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games continued to benefit people living in east London. Claire devised a programme of strategic partnerships delivering over 30 projects and reaching thousands of people. Her last partnership project saw two key venues in the Park taken over by young people who were given the chance to curate a festival of music, dance and fashion.
Claire’s relationship with the Park started in 2008 when she was integral to a pioneering team embedding permanent arts and culture into the fabric of the Park during its construction. Before this she spent eight years at Arts Council England building up a knowledge of charity governance, artform policy and a great network.
Claire is Vice Chair of Queens Theatre Hornchurch and Trustee of Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, she is also a mentor to young female creatives and enjoys being commissioned to make elaborate and creative cakes!
Hailing from Glasgow, Caroline developed an immense and eclectic passion for music – both to listen to and to perform having played piano, guitar and sang from an early age.
By the time she graduated from Music Industry Management at Stow College and laterally, Commercial Music at Paisley University (now UWS) she had worked at every possible music industry event and was busy co-promoting a popular residency at the legendary Sub Club (Glasgow).
Caroline spent some years working in various studios and learning the ropes in the recording and rehearsal studio side of operations, and also ran busy events services as part of these positions allowing her to cut her teeth in the logistics and touring side of the industry.
More recently, Caroline worked for Glasgow based company No Half Measures which boasted a host of prominent Scottish artists such as Wet Wet Wet, Hue and Cry, Red Sky July, The Hedrons, Cosmic Rough Riders and The Law to name a few on their roster.
Caroline started working at the MU in 2015 as the Regional Officer and now resides permanently as the MU’s Regional Organiser for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Be Charlotte is a teenage song writer and touring artist from Dundee, Scotland. She uses abelton software, guitar and piano to create a dynamic style of pop music with a different edge to it. Her vocal is instantly recognisable. Despite her youth she is a seasoned live performer who has recently toured in UK, Europe and South East Asia.
In August 2017 Charlotte performed at the closing ceremony of Solheim Cup in DesMoines Iowa, which had TV audience of 350,000,000 viewers.
Maya Medvesek, better known as NIGHTWAVE, is an active member of the Glasgow music scene that has established herself as an internationally renowned DJ, producer, vocalist, club promoter, label boss and in more recent years an activist and educator.
As a DJ, Nightwave has toured the World and supported some of the biggest names in dance music and runs her own club night Nightrave in her hometown of Glasgow as well as selected locations in Europe. She regularly features on BBC Radio1, Rinse FM, NTS, Radar etc As a producer, she has released on labels like Fool’s Gold Records, Unknown To The Unknown and vocally collaborated with Rustie on his Warp Records debut Glass Swords. On Nightwave's own tastemaker label Heka Trax, she showcases her passion for international, forward-thinking dance music and has released work by artists from all over the globe.
Nightwave is a passionate advocate for gender equality in the music industry. She has ran programming and DJing skills workshops for girls as young as 8 and co-runs Producergirls-a free music production workshop for women all over the UK.
Since the late 1990’s Yvonne has built up a breadth of experience working with companies like Island Records, SpinnUp, V2 Music, Sony ATV Publishing, T in the Park, BBC Introducing and Rawkus. Currently the director of Native Publishing, co-manager of Dundee band Model Aeroplanes and music consultant.