ReBalance is a pioneering 3 year programme which provides five days’ studio recording time to a core female-identified band or artist each month, as well as a slot at a Festival Republic or Live Nation festival and numerous live events throughout the year.
In addition, ReBalance supports women who want to work in sound engineering, stage management and production by offering apprenticeships.
Melvin Benn, MD Festival Republic said;
“Something needs to be done about gender equality in the music industry. It’s a wider issue that involves us (the live industry) but the solution doesn’t rest only with us. I have decided to be proactive in changing and working towards this no longer being an issue in the future, and that’s what this project is about.
We’ve been working closely with PRS Foundation and their Women Make Music programme, alongside Old Chapel Studio in Leeds to pull together this exciting new initiative. ReBalance will enable future, and current female musicians within the industry, to have the support they need in order to be recognised.
Only 16% of UK registered songwriters are women – and that is a massive issue. 79% of the applicants to the Women Make Music programme have said the support they had, had a significant impact on their confidence – which proves that targeted approaches like ReBalance may well be the answer to correcting this imbalance.”
Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation said;
We look forward to helping Festival Republic to deliver this important and exciting programme and to following the results of the monthly studio sessions planned. We need more male leaders like Melvin Benn to recognise the ongoing gender gap in music and to use their position to do something about it. Coming up with campaigns and initiatives like ReBalance, will ultimately strengthen our industry and be of benefit to us all.”
Natti Shiner, Fickle Friends said;
“ReBalance is important because it looks to tackle this issue in a long-term way. Rather than just sticking a few female artists on some bills as a token gesture, it will provide support for the things that actually matter to an emerging artist – studio time, travel, accommodation, practical advice etc.”
Chris Guerin – Chair, Leeds Music Trust said;
“This is a wonderful initiative and all of us at Leeds Music Trust are really excited and proud to be a part of this fantastic and much-needed programme. Old Chapel Music Studios has a great history. It is a true institution of the Leeds music scene and we are delighted to continue our relationship with Festival Republic in what will be an exciting new chapter, delivering the first programme of its kind in ReBalance”