The World is Listening

“Create extra opportunities in order to create equal opportunities.”

- Eliza Shaddad

 

The World Is Listening was born as a response to a statistic published by PRS in 2011, that 14% of their members are women. The PRS is the Performer’s Rights Society in the UK, it’s members are composers and songwriters. PRS collects license fees from anyone broadcasting music to the public, then distributes that among the composers, these payments are commonly known as royalties.

The World is Listening aims to be an inspiring community where women in music are celebrated and recognised, and where those women can provide a varied menu of role models for girls and women everywhere.

We believe music is not gendered, and so we ask ‘why?’ of the PRS statistic and the gender gap that exists in the industry today.

Here will be a hub of news, knowledge, and new research, encouraging the idea that music is a valid career choice, hobby and passion for all genders. The World is Listening is all about having a conversation.

The World is Listening is working towards a world where men and women make up 50% of PRS membership and have an equal representation in the media. Until then, we’re here, working towards it!

 

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Want to see your name and face on this website?? Get involved and contribute to the project! Write to us at hello@theworldislistening.co.uk   If you are a woman making music, if you want to be a woman making music, or you are just any person who has something to say or do about women in…

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Contributors

Nuala Honan

Nuala Honan

A diva with Waterbirds, a stomping folkster with Boudica Boogaloo, and a natural balladeer as a solo acoustic songwriter, there are few things Nuala hasn’t attempted. With Irish heritage but Australian born and raised, Nuala is now based in Bristol in the South-West of England. Nuala is one of the founding members of The World Is Listening, and is enthusiastic about using her wide range of DIY skills to advocate for women, including hosting the TWiL podcast. www.nualahonan.com Twitter @nualahonan facebook.com/nualahonanmusic  

Jess Neill

Jess Neill

Jessica Neill, a freelance copywriter based in Bristol, has always loved words. From the stories her parents read to her as a child to the ones she wrote herself, words and the worlds they create are her passion. Jess is also a DJ and amateur filmmaker. Her most recent film project, an independent documentary about home, is currently in post production. Twitter @hummingbirdcopy www.hummingbirdcopy.com

Jaz Pinckney

Jaz Pinckney

American born, but Bristol based, Jazlyn Pinckney has been embedded in the Bristol Arts & Culture scene for the last 8 years, including starting a female dance troupe ' Dance Head First' to fuse her two passions music and dance. Jaz is also a creative partner in Aglow Films, producing music videos for bands as well as for her own solo projects. You can see Jaz hosting our own YouTube channel, TWIL TV! She is a true music enthusiast and hosts a weekly show for Freeze Peach radio under the guise of Karl Strauss. Catch her show, Tuesday 7pm - 9pm. http://www.freezepeach.co.uk

Kayla Painter

Kayla Painter

Bristol based musician, producer and visual artist Kayla Painter has spent the last few years carving a solid reputation herself around London and the South West. Heavily influenced by Bristol’s legendary bass heritage, Kayla’s sound draws from techno, garage and post dub; she crafts her experimental soundscapes from intriguing and restless rhythms, surging deep bass lines and warm washes of cloudy ambience. Kayla is a lecturer in Creative Sound & Music at the University of South Wales, from which she graduated herself.

Erin Hooper

Erin Hooper

Erin K Hooper is a visual artist and social media aficionado, working with oils, micro- and image blogging to explore ideas of gender, identity, intimacy, fashion, and her dog Margene. Having studies fine art at the University of Alberta, Canada, and the Edinburgh College of Art, UK, Erin now lives and works in Toronto where she also practices as a singer, harpist, and amateur cake-maker. You can view a wide variety of Erin’s work at www.erinkhooper.com. @theirishdiet on twitter instagram.com/irishdiet

Emma Hooper

Emma Hooper

Native Canadian and Bath based, Emma is an author, musician and academic. Her debut novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James has just been released by Penguin to much international critical acclaim. Emma has been seen on many stages with many musicians over the years, but her focus is on the viola with solo project Waitress For The Bees and quartet The String Beans. As an academic Emma is a lecturer at Bath Spa University and has presented papers on pop culture, gender, music and text, and retro-futurism (specifically relating to the artist Robyn). www.emmahooper.ca Twitter @waitress4thbees

Anna Higgie

Anna Higgie

Another colonial expatriot, Australian born Higgie is an exceptional illustrator and visual artist. Anna designed the wonderful image that is the very bold, very wonderful logo for The World Is Listening, and has made work for many books, magazines, walls, album covers and exhibitions. www.annahiggie.co.uk Instagram @annahiggie