Keychange is a pioneering international initiative that aims to transform the future of music whilst encouraging festivals and music organisations to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.
Inferno Events (Germany)
FIRST MUSIC CONTACT, Ireland; HATID EHF (Iceland); LASTUR BOOKIN SL (Spain); MUSICCASE OU (Estonia); MUSIC INNOVATION HUB SPA IMPRESA SOCIALE (Italy); MUSIKCENTRUM OST (Sweden); STE DES AUTEURS COMPOSITEURS ET EDITEURS DE MUSIQUE SACEM (France); STIFTELSEN OSLO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL (Norway); THE PERFORMING RIGHT SOCIETY FOUNDATION (UK)
Keychange (2019 - 2023) is a pioneering international initiative that aims to transform the future of music whilst encouraging festivals and music organisations to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.
Each year, 74 emerging artists and innovators from across Europe and Canada will take part in international festivals, showcase events, collaborations and a programme of creative labs. Representation of women in the music industry remains very low in all European countries. Across the participating countries’ collecting societies, women represent 20% or less of registered composers and songwriters. Earnings for women are even lower and women are under-represented in leadership roles across the industry and on stages at festival programmes.
Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better more inclusive music industry for present and future generations. They will also encourage participating festivals to empower minority genders including but not limited to agender and non-binary people. They welcome applications from trans people (AMAB and AFAB). Musicians and participants will be recruited via open calls in October 2019 (see Selections), 2020 and 2021.
Alongside networking meet-ups and mentoring, participants will take part in a ‘Creative Lab’ at one of the 13 festivals that are partnered with Keychange. The Creative Labs will offer showcasing opportunities to Artists, public speaking opportunities to Innovators, plus workshops, seminars, studio sessions, masterclasses and more. International collaboration lies at the heart of the programme.