We’ve partnered with Music Hackspace to address barriers for women in music tech

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Music tech is not representative; we want you to help us understand why.

Alongside our free series of free masterclasses led by women composers, we’re teaming up with Music Hackspace over the coming months to find out more about the barriers women (and under-represented communities) face when engaging with the world of music technology. These range from education and participation to opportunities and career development.

We will be looking to capture your views, and all feedback will help shape a forthcoming panel discussion to review, discuss and share these findings.

You can take part in our initial poll on Twitter, which explores these 10 potential barriers to participation in music technology: 

  • Perceptions (It’s not for me, it’s too male, it’s too geeky) 
  • Networks (I’m not part of the scene) 
  • Information (I don’t know what’s on, or how to get involved) 
  • Environment (I don’t know anyone here, it’s not welcoming, it’s not accessible) 
  • Location (I can’t get there, I don’t know the space, there’s nothing locally) 
  • Confidence (I’m new to this, I’ve not done this for a while, I’m not sure where to start) 
  • Time (I’m too busy, it’s taking place at a time that doesn’t work for me) 
  • Finances (I can’t afford it, the costs are too high, I have to pay for travel or childcare) 
  • Equipment (I can’t afford it, it’s a big investment, I don’t know what I need)
  • Encouragement (I’d like to, but I need some support)

The poll is now live and will close on Sunday 14th of March 2021 .

#LearnMusicTech #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021


Want to help us shape the conversation?

At Music Hackspace & Sound and Music we believe that anyone should be able to learn, access and enjoy music technology. 

We don’t believe that this is currently the case. We think that the music technology scene is not representative. 

We want to better understand why this is, what barriers people are facing and work on solutions to enable more women (and those who are often excluded including those who identify as non-binary) in learning and creating music technology. 

Using the insight we gather from you (our communities) we will design and host a joint event later this spring – a panel discussion that directly aims to highlight and address the continuing barriers individuals face – with invited panelists, artists and game-changers to share their journeys and advice, to help us to do better and create the dynamic, open and inclusive spaces we all want to see. 

This event will be online and will be completely free. 

If you would like to find out more, sign up here.

If you are interested in discussing this further, or being involved in this event, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at: info@soundandmusic.org


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