Indian Women face a daily battle for visibility in the workforce, that’s no secret, but in the public mindset, the artistic sphere is one of the few that’s free from these prejudices. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Though of course there are many female performers in the country, the electronic scene is for the most part, male-dominated and if you’re looking for female producers or sound technicians, it’s virtually unheard of. Wild City has always championed the growth of female musicians with their projects and now they’re taking it up a notch with their new initiative.
Sarah Chawla, founder of Wild City and part of the driving force behind this initiative believes that the lack of female representation in music is not a new issue, “It’s not just India and its not just music but most countries and most industries are built on patriarchal systems that make it challenging for women to engage with or succeed beyond a particular level.” But they’ve collected data from over 300 women interested in developing their skills that proves that they are not a minority.
They’re kicking off with a PILOT workshop in the first week of December to test out the program and will start up a regular weekend development program in collaboration with Macquarie University from March next year. Aside from helping women acquire the necessary skills to thrive in the music industry it will feature some interesting additions, to give participants a leg up in their career “I’m looking at incorporating mentorship and work experience placements too in order to make the program as holistic as possible.” says Sarah. All in all this promises to be an exciting new journey that will test India’s boundaries and hopefully shatter the glass ceiling that for so long has limited the potential of our music industry.
The following piece has been republished from Wild City
At Wild City, we want to give women more visibility in the music industry. We want to work towards creating a space where inclusivity is the norm and this is our first step.
Wild City is initiating a new platform to support the development of skills for women who aspire to be or are already working in the music industry in India. The program will be a combination of events, workshops, discussions, networking, mentoring, work experience placements, interactions with inspirational women from the music community, content and, of course, lots of amazing music. The structure for this initiative was born out of a survey we ran earlier this year to find out what women interested in the music industry want to learn. You can see the results here.
Titled, ‘Music Industry: Skills Development For Women’, the initiative is going to launch with a pilot production workshop on the 2nd of December in New Delhi with a small group of women, serving also as a focus group, before rolling this out into a weekend format in 2018 that will travel to multiple cities in India.
In the hopes of dismantling stereotypes like the preposterous idea that there aren’t many women interested in electronic music, the platform wants to increase the number of women involved in the industry from DJing to production to engineering.
“Sarah and I wanted to create an image that had a strong sense of feminine cosmic energy,” Sandhya explains. “We need the music industry to be more inclusive and have greater gender diversity. It’s important to create spaces where more women can feel confident in their creative pursuits. And when you’re just starting out it really helps to belong to a community.”
“I am very excited about working with Wild City on this important new initiative,” Professor Knowles commented. “As a long standing professional music producer and academic I am acutely aware of the issues that women face in gaining support and skills in a highly male dominated industry. Programs like these provide a safe and supportive environment to learn production skills that boost confidence and ability, empowering women to pursue their ambitions in music production.”
To attend the pilot workshop, women or femme identifying Delhi based individuals interested in learning the basics of music production simply need to complete this online application. There are a very limited number of seats available for the pilot workshop. Applicants will be chosen based on the interest they demonstrate to engage with the music industry and learn more about production.
You can apply for the masterclass here. The deadline is 24 November, 2017.
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