women in music

A BBC Music Introducing and Creative & Cultural Skills online panel discussion

Taking place during National Careers Week and to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, we joined forces with BBC Music Introducing to showcase some of the lesser-known jobs that exist in the music industry and hear from some of the women working across live events and radio.

Together we explored how we can encourage more women into the sector, understand the various routes, courses and career options available and share some top tips for getting started in the music industry.

A recording of this discussion will be available soon.

Meet the panel:

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Joanna Slater (Chair)
Curriculum Manager Creative Arts and Music Technology Lecturer (Live Sound and Events) City of Wolverhampton College

I am Curriculum Manager of Creative Industries and Lecturer in Live Sound and Events, at the City of Wolverhampton College and this allows me to be involved with every element of this sector and ensure that our future generations are encouraged and trained in the right way - all things technical, and how to be successful in the industry!

I have worked in as a Live Sound Engineer in the industry for over 20 years in a variety of settings including large gigs, festivals, musical theatre and corporate events and continue to actively do so and very much enjoy the challenge and activity that comes with this. There isn't a more exciting, thrilling and adrenalin filled environment for me to work in! You are as much a part of the performance as the performers and directly impact on the audience and their interpretation of the event! A perfect combination of job roles in my view!

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Katie Crooks
Live Events Coordinator for BBC Radio Networks

Project Coordinator for the BBC Radio Live Music & Events team for nearly 5 years - working at BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra, 6 Music, Asian Network and BBC Music Introducing to make some of the biggest live music moments in radio come to life. From Radio 1’s Big Weekend to 6 Music Festival, festival partnerships such as Glastonbury to Latitude, this job helps make these multi-network special live moments happen whilst always helping to champion new talent. Originally from Northern Ireland, my big break came from an internship with BBC Radio 1 and I haven’t looked back since…

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Fuzz Chaudhrey
Producer for Jack Saunders on Radio 1

Fuzz has over 12 years’ experience working across both the radio and music industries and in that time, they have cemented themself as an expert when it comes to breaking new artists. In 2018, Fuzz started working as a producer for Listen Entertainment, creating and launching Radio 1’s Indie Show before she led the rebrand to R1’s Future Artists in 2020. As a plugger, Fuzz worked in-house at Caroline International, introducing new signings to UK radio by pitching creative ideas to promote them and help to build their profile from grassroots support right up to daytime playlist support.

Kitty Perrin
Presenter and Producer for BB Music Introducing Norfolk

I present and produce BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk and The Social (a youth show on BBC Radio Norfolk). I am also a singer-songwriter and in 2019 I sent in two tracks to BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk. I was invited into the Radio Norfolk studios for an interview and fell in love with radio. After over a year of turning up every week to watch the show get broadcast, I took over as presenter. I always wanted to work in music in some capacity and my day-to-day now is listening to new music, speaking to artists and going to gigs alongside writing and performing my own music.

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BBC Music Introducing is BBC Radio's platform supporting unsigned, undiscovered, and under-the-radar UK music talent. For over 14 years, it has found and broken some of the country’s biggest artists. www.bbc.co.uk/introducing