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Women Leaders within the Contemporary Music Industries (International Women’s Day)

Monday, March 8, 2021 - 11:00 to 16:00
Online, via Microsoft Teams

All WMLOP events are free of charge, but registration is essential.

Please register your interest via the Eventbrite website.

All those who register will be emailed the Microsoft Teams link for the event, once registration closes.


11am - 1pm

Panel Discussion of Women Leaders in the Contemporary Music Industries

This online panel will bring together four women leaders to discuss gender issues in the contemporary music industries within a cross-genre perspective.

Invited speakers: Alexandra Ampofo (Women Connect/Metropolis Music); Deborah Annetts (Incorporated Society of Musicians); Clare Duffin (University of the West of Scotland/Drummer/Manager); Harriet Wybor (PRS for Music, Classical).

1pm - 2pm

Lunch Break

2pm - 4pm

Afternoon Session with Vick Bain

Vick Bain, founder of The F-List directory of female musicians, considers women working within the contemporary music industries and presents her ground-breaking work to ensure greater gender inclusion.


Alexandra Ampofo

is a Live Music Promoter at one of the UK's leading gig promoters, Metropolis Music, part of the conglomerate of live music giants, Live Nation Entertainment. The Business Management and Leadership graduate also heads up Diversity Employee Resource Group, starting EMBRACE Nation at Live Nation UK - a cultural hub striving towards racial equality in and outside the workplace becoming a learning hub for ALL Live Nation Entertainment employees. Alexandra also works across The End Festival, Somerset House, The F List (director), Black Music Coalition and UNICEF Music Group.

She has worked on the shows and tours of some of the world’s leading talent’s such as; Ms Lauryn Hill, Robbie Williams, Janelle Monae, Ella Mai, SiR, Nao, Mura Masa, Goldlink, Jordan Rakei, Ghetts. As well as rising talents, Kojey Radical, Etta Bond, Arlo Parks, and Che Lingo to name a few.

With over 7 years’ experience, Alexandra has been making her mark on the creative industry. Founding Acoustic Live in 2013, an award-winning events company, dedicated to the manifestation of acoustic talent and keeping stripped back music alive. She has built a dedicated community, providing a powerful platform that offers artists a chance to flourish.

Her second not-for-profit organisation, Women Connect, acts as a female forward collective creating safer, inclusive spaces and equal opportunities for Women, Non-Binary and Gender-Variant people in the creative industry.

Through innovation and collaboration with other brands, over the last four years, Alexandra has managed to successfully work with Google, Puma, KA Drinks, Desperados on Acoustic Live events. In addition to her not-for-profit initiatives, Alexandra has now been enlisted to work with the UNICEF Music Group, focusing on harnessing the power of music to help children and families affected by war or disaster.

Deborah Annetts

is Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) where she has led a major change programme covering every aspect of its work and also setting up the ISM Trust which delivers a very broad range of award-winning professional development for the music sector. Deborah’s background is as an employment solicitor and prior to moving to the music sector she took many ground-breaking cases in the field of discrimination and employment rights.

The ISM is the UK’s fastest-growing professional body for musicians, with over 10,500 members working across all music sectors and genres. It represents the interests of performers and composers as well as teachers. Leading the ISM’s campaigning and advocacy function, Deborah and the ISM have been working tirelessly to ensure the survival of the music industry despite the dual threats of COVID-19 and Brexit. The ISM continues to lobby Government for a tailored financial support package for the music and wider creative industries’ freelancers as well as calling for a revision and extension of Government support schemes.

This year, the ISM has released publications such as its 5th Brexit report, Will Music Survive Brexit? on the impact of Brexit on the music profession and has commissioned two reports focussing on the impact of COVID-19 on performance and education spaces. Deborah is an established public speaker; she is regularly invited to speak at various conferences across the sector, and has addressed several Parliamentary Committees on a range of subjects. Deborah was also named on BBC Woman’s Hour Power List: Top 40 in 2018.

Outside of the ISM, Deborah is Chair of the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and former Chair of the human rights charity, Fair Trials International.

Clare Duffin

started her career as a drummer in 2003 with Scottish rock band, Suspire. Since then, her practice has expanded into artist management (Starless / Carol Laula), in education (Dep. Programme Leader and Lecturer at the University of the West Scotland / community music practitioner) and as advocate for women in music through work with SWIM (Scottish Women Inventing Music) and through her PhD research on ‘motherhood and music making’. In the past, Clare has co-ordinated notable projects such as the Gerry Rafferty Songwriting Prize and the Music Education Directory and has even found herself in the cast of a music-based, David Mackenzie feature film.

Harriet Wybor

is the relationship manager for PRS for Music’s members in the classical sector, providing business support and maximising revenue. Through collaborations with arts organisations and ensembles, she leads a programme of composer workshops, showcases, recordings and commissioning partnerships.

Harriet previously worked in music publishing at Wise Music Group and Manners McDade, where she led the publishing and finance operations. A graduate in music and law, she received an MBA from Durham University in 2019, which focussed on non-profit leadership and strategy. Harriet is a Board Trustee at Tŷ Cerdd and a member of Music Masters’ Advisory Council.

Vick Bain

has worked in music for twenty-five years and is a consultant and campaigner for diversity & inclusion in the music industry.  She is currently the interim Director of Strategy at Attitude is Everything, a charity focused on disabled accessibility in music. She is the author of Counting the Music Industry, founder of The F-List directory of female musicians and a PhD researcher at Queen Mary University.  Vick was enrolled into the Music Week Women in Music Awards Roll Of Honour and Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Music Industry Power List.