In light of growing attentiveness to issues of gender balance and diversity within music festival lineups, the point is often made that change needs to happen simultaneously on a structural and internal level in order for such balanced lineups to be more than provisional box-ticking or a strategy to guarantee funding. Often, questions of diversity and gender balance “behind the scenes,” i.e. among organisers and decision-makers, get overlooked. What is it like to be a female-identifying person curating events, booking artists, commissioning and writing articles, and fighting for funding for artists ?
Co-hosted and moderated by Kat Young, Christine Kakaire, and Elissa Stolman of the collective Salt + Sass, this event features several short presentations by women with pivotal roles as both decision-makers and performers in the music industry. They will share their experiences and emphasise the importance of mentorship. The event will also act as a platform for members of the public to start dialogues, exchange ideas, and cross-pollinate their own work. A closing discussion will focus on best practices for both organisers and artists.
13:00 Welcome by Salt + Sass
Johanna Grabsch (independent curator, DE)
Lauren Goshinski (Founder & Director – VIA Festival, US)
Zuri Maria Daiß (Music Curator – HAU Hebbel am Ufer, DE)
Gilke Vanuytsel (Music Curator – Beursschouwburg, BE)
14:15 Promoters, Agents & Venue Owners
Sarah Farina (Founder – Through My Speakers, DE)
Coral Foxworth (Artist, Event producer & Sister network moderator, US)
Pamela Schobess (Owner – Gretchen Club, DE)
Keira Sinclair (Founder – POLY Artists, UK/DE)
Ruth Timmermans (Managing Director – Gonzo (Circus), BE)
Alexandra Bondi de Antoni (Editor – i-D magazine, DE)
Aimee Cliff (Deputy Digital Editor – Dazed & Confused, UK)
16:00 Wrap-up & Discussion with Salt + Sass
Presented with Salt + Sass, a quarterly event series that began in 2015 at SoundCloud HQ in Berlin. They host conversations with women who work in various professions within the music industry, moderated by a journalist in front of an audience.
Pamela Schobess studied communication sciences and has been running clubs in Berlin for almost 20 years. After she and her partner had to close the legendary Icon club in Prenzlauer Berg due to gentrification, they opened the club Gretchen in Kreuzberg.
Boo Lean (Lauren Goshinski), is a founding member of Pittsburgh's girlFx music collective and director of the VIA Festival (a US partner in ICAS). While she has been the woman behind some incredible lineups, audio-visual performances, and collaborations, few know she's also a DJ and current resident at Hot Mass.
Aimee Cliff is Deputy Editor of Dazed Digital. Previously she was Associate Editor at The FADER, and before that she was a freelance writer and editor for Dazed and FADER as well as VICE, FACT, and more.
Alexandra Bondi de Antoni has been the editor-in-chief of i-D Germany since January 2015. She is in charge of editorial concept, video productions, and development of branded content and partnerships.
Sarah Farina is known for sprinkling positivity and joy over the darkest bassy sounds. An innovative, skillful DJ, she’s the smiling antithesis of genre cliques and scene elitists. Her sets blend bass-heavy footwork and futuristic rhythms over fearless forays through R&B and UK funky.
After jumping on tour vans to do interviews with local Bay Area bands in high school, Elissa started her first official gig in music writing — an internship at College Music Journal — in 2011. Since then she has worked, freelanced and/or interned at Fader, XLR8R, Spin, Billboard, VICE and Red Bull Music Academy. She is currently the Deputy Editor at Telekom Electronic Beats and a DJ and presenter on Cashmere Radio in Berlin.
Kat has worked in music for over 10 years. She moved to Berlin in 2012, and following a short stop at Resident Advisor, started working at SoundCloud later that year, where she held various roles until summer 2017. She is now a freelance Product Management Consultant and is the founder of Salt + Sass, a non profit that supports women in the music industry.
Coral Foxworth aka FXWRK (pronounced “fox-work”) is a music producer/DJ, visual artist, member of KUNQ collective, and Global Director at SISTER.
Christine has worked in music her entire adult life, and it's taken her from Creative Vibes in Sydney, to BM Soho and Juno Download in London, to Beatport and zero" in Berlin. She began writing for Australian street press magazines in the early 2000s, and currently works full-time as a freelance music journalist and content/curation specialist.
Gilke Vanuytsel is a Brussels-based music promoter and curator.
Keira Sinclair is a co-founder of POLY. Artists, an artist booking and management agency based in Berlin and London.
Zuri Maria Daiß is a cultural creator and organiser in the fields of music & art. She is active both in Berlin and internationally. She is the music curator at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and Head of Marketing, Sponsoring, & Cooperations at CTM Festival.
A trained historian, Ruth Timmermans used to be a researcher on gender, trade-unions, and (pre-)colonialism at the University of Leuven (Belgium). With her passion for music, art, literature, and film, she became an editor at Gonzo (circus) magazine in 2000; an independent music and art magazine distributed in Belgium and The Netherlands that covers a broad range of current genres and contexts. She is the managing director at Gonzo Circus Publishing since 2004.
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