The London based grassroots initiative set up in 2016 to get more women into music production aims to expand with a new workshop planned for Manchester
South London artist EMMA set the ball rolling last year when her Producer Girls workshop offered free four hour sessions to women looking to get into music production. With help from Dexplicit, P Jam, Nightwave and Ikonika, Producer Girls hosted three workshops in London (including a pop up at the Tate Modern) and one in Glasgow. Now the initiative has set up a Kickstarter campaign to fund its expansion to other major UK cities.
“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 21 October and we'd like to get to other cities, as well as keep momentum going in the cities we've been to,” explains EMMA on the campaign’s homepage.
“With an injection of cash,” she continues, “we think the project could have the chance to make a real difference to the scene. We have only got as 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,” she adds, “FL Studio provided access to software for London participants on a six month license, and Ableton have provided Ableton Intro licenses for the Glasgow workshops and will do so again in Manchester.”
Since it launched, Producer Girls has pulled in around 80 participants, and the workshops have been oversubscribed by almost a thousand applicants. At the time of writing the Kickstarter has 32 days to go and has raised £1777. Reward highlights include a Nightwave goodie bag and a thank you video from EMMA’s cat Janet.