Power Hungry: The Call For Equal Gender Representation, From Artistry To Industry

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 3:35 PM

The Judith Wright Centre - Expressions Dance Studio

While female representation in the music industry has been growing steadily over the past few years, there are still structural gender imbalances at every level. In business, there is a lack of females in traditional positions of power - there are hardly any female CEOs, yet there’s a disproportionately high number of women in supporting roles. Only 30% of public board members on peak music bodies in Australia are women. What are the reasons for this? How does this same pattern flow across to the performance and production fields? This panel will address this status quo and analyse other areas in which the ongoing pursuit for parity needs to be met.

Presented by LISTEN


Facilitated By

Kate Hennessy - Freelance (AUS)

Kate’s music and arts criticism runs in The Guardian, ABC Arts, Fairfax, Australian Book Review, Noisey, The Wire and The Quietus. Kate appears on ABC TV and has spoken at Vivid Ideas, Darwin Writers' Festival and the Rock & Roll Writers' Festival. Kate is an Australian Music Prize judge, a founding member of feminist collective LISTEN and a teacher of four years at the Australian Writers’ Centre. She developed a masterclass for The Guardian called How To Be A Music Journalist. Travel journalism…


Simona Castricum - (AUS)

Simona Castricum is a Melbourne musician, DJ and producer. Her beat driven and textural music express experiences of gender non-conformity, emotional abandonment and isolation. Simona’s 2016 album ’#TriggerWarning40’ is critically considered a breakthrough release - her first through Melbourne’s LISTEN Records. She is a teacher in architectural practice at the University Of Melbourne School Of Design and is a freelance writer published in The Guardian, i-D, Vice and Archer Magazine.

Claire Collins - Bossy Music (AUS)

Claire Collins is the director of Bossy Music, a leading management & PR company based in Sydney. She manages the careers of D.D Dumbo, Art vs Science, and Kagu. Bossy's PR clients include Flume, Lorde, Disclosure, Chet Faker, the Laneway Festival, and Jagwar Ma. Claire is on the board of the Association of Artist Managers.

Tim Kelly - Inertia (AUS)

Tim Kelly is Managing Director at Inertia Music. Inertia are one of Australia’s leading independents offering full label services suite. Key artists/labels include Ali Barter, Asgeir, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ben Abraham, Bjork, Boys Noize, Delta Riggs, Elizabeth Rose, Fait, Feki, Floating Points, GL, Japandroids, Kucka, Lanu, M83, Martha Wainwright, ODESZA, Robyn, Royksopp, Sia, Spookyland, Tigertown, Tijana, Beggars Group, City Slang, Elefant Tracks, Farmer & the Owl, Fat Possum, Foreign Family …

Elly Scrine - Huntly (AUS)

Elly Scrine is a self-managed and independent artist in the Melbourne electronic trio Huntly, a PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne, and on the board of directors for feminist music organisation, LISTEN.

Elly’s multifaceted work as an artist, researcher, music therapist and activist speaks of her commitment to inclusion and equal participation in music. Her research investigates the use of music to engage at-risk young people in high school to explore gender equity. Elly also uses …

Chloe Turner - LISTEN (AUS)

Chloe is a founding board member of LISTEN, co-founder and director of affiliated record label LISTEN Records, full time operations / marketing administrator for Music Victoria and artist coordinator at Paradise Music Festival. In May 2016 she also began writing a monthly feminist music column for Beat Magazine. Devoting most of her time to advocacy and gender equality within the music industry Chloe is very passionate about feminism and diversity. In her spare time she hangs out with her pet …

Emily Ulman - The Toff in Town / The Gasometer Hotel (AUS)

Emily Ulman has over 15 years of experience in booking venues, performance, managing bands, managing venues and working as a freelance publicist. She is currently the venue booker of boutique inner-city venue, The Toff in Town, and The Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood. Emily has also independently released 3 studio albums.