In early 2016, Producergirls started a grassroots, DIY workshop initiative in London to get more women and girls from all backgrounds producing electronic music.
more info - www.producergirls.com
Alongside E.M.M.A. are grime dons Dexplicit and P Jam as well as Glasgow's club queen Nightwave and Hyperdub's pioneer producer Ikonika. The team will expand as we enter different cities.
We've done 3 workshops in London (including one at the Tate Modern) and another in Glasgow, since the start of 2016. We don't have any funding as it's just been self-starting, direct action with a few like-minded producers. It's a skill sharing, supportive environment for girls who want to learn but have not yet had the opportunity, funds or connections to do so.
In order for it to continue and get outside of London around the UK and make a real difference to the game, we need this kickstarter to help cover costs of taking it around the country. Our next planned event is in Manchester on October 21 and we'd like to get to other cities, as well as keep momentum going in the cities we've been to.
With an injection of cash, we think the project could have the chance to make a real difference to the scene. We have only got a far as we have with using our spare time, effort, spaces, covering costs ourselves and we had some help with expenses in Glasgow from SWG3 and Field Artists.
In terms of the DAW software, FL Studio provided access to software for London participants on a 6 month license, and Ableton have provided Ableton Intro licenses for the Glasgow workshops and will do so again in Manchester.
In total since we began, we've introduced around 80 women to music production from the events, but have had close to 1000 applications, which has hardly made a dent in the level of interest we've received.
We're lucky to have quite a bit of good will behind what we're trying to do & thought this was the best way to try and get some funds so that we can put some more dates in the diary in other cities around the UK and stick to our grassroots mission.
Thanks for your support
E.M.M.A. and producer girls team
Risks and challenges
Because we've successfully ran 4 workshops and another follow up session in Glasgow, we know the formula and how to make it a success. After we do a workshop in each city, the challenge will be keeping that momentum going, which is why we enlist local artists at every opportunity, so that they can continue the work and grow the local scene. We don't want this to be a London centric model.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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