DICE GIRLS MUSIC DAY

UPDATE

Winners have been notified. If you weren't lucky this time, don't worry - you can still join us on the day via our Periscope live stream. Just follow DICE or keep an eye on our Twitter for updates throughout the day.

We were really excited to announce the first ever DICE Girls Music Day this week. Our aim is to encourage more young women to consider a career in music, either behind the scenes in touring or at a label, or on stage.

You can look at stats like, only 13% of PRS members are female, or that out of all music industry related jobs just 32.2% are taken by women, but really all you need to do is attend a gig or festival to see those stats in action.

At DICE, we believe that equality and balance will only help progress our industry in a positive way.

We’ve put together what we believe is a great line up, and are incredibly thankful for the response we’ve had so far.

We’re partnering with Sonos Studios, a social and collaborative space that connects artists and audiences through experiences in music, art and technology.

The day itself is open to all girls and women aged 14 - 24. Our dream is to make this an ongoing event - so there will be more. Ideally, we’ll make Girls Music Day such a success that in five years we’ll have to look at starting one for the boys.

For a chance to attend you can enter the ballot via DICE and we’ll be notifying successful applicants on March 7th.

If you don’t get tickets this time, then not to worry. Sonos will be recording all the sessions and they’ll be available to listen back to after the event.

The morning session will be focused on playing music as we welcome hosts Fern Ford, Lauren Aquilina, Orla Gartland, Denai Moore, and Clara Amfo.

Clara hosts the morning show on BBC Radio 1 as well as the BBC’s festival coverage and DJs clubs including her own About night.

Lauren Aquilina and Orla Gartland will be hosting a session together, even though both are solo artists in their own right. They just thought it would be lolz to team up. They both write powerful pop songs and are on track for big things.

Denai Moore released her debut album last year. Full of striking and moving lyrics, her live performances are captivating and her musicianship accomplished. She’s played shows around the UK and Europe and will be taking questions and talking about her career to date.

Fern Ford plays drums in The Big Moon, a band on the top of countless ones to watch lists this January. They’ve been out on tour for the last few months supporting The Maccabees and The Vaccines and Fern will be bringing her kit along and giving attendees some tips.

The afternoon session is aimed at those wanting to work in areas of music off-stage, and we’ve gathered a strong group of speakers who’ll be sharing their career stories, professional wisdom, and answering questions.

Claire Southwick works at Transgressive and Primitive Management looking after producers and artists including Spring King. Iris Herscovici is a PR at RMP looking after press for the likes of Blur and U2. Cath Hurley is a product manager at Rough Trade working with Girl Band, Soak, Parquet Courts and more. Steph Marziano is a producer at Strongroom Music Studios and has worked with Idris Elba and Don Broco.

Anya Strafford looks after International at Caroline International and has worked with Bombay Bicycle Club, Glass Animals, and Gruff Rhys. Jazmin Sherman is a manager at Rocket Music looking after Jake Isaac and Lauren Aquilina. Jane Third is VP and Head of A&R at Because Music and has signed and developed the likes of Metronomy and Django Django. And I’m Jen Long, I’m the Music Editor at DICE, I run Kissabiity, and before this I presented BBC Introducing on BBC Radio 1.

Enter the ballot for the morning session here, and the afternoon session here.

Love,

DICE x