Women In Music

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To celebrate the involvement of women in the Front Garden Music Festival, from planning and production to performance, this panel and Q&A with industry professionals features three diverse and unique voices from different corners of the music industry.

Featuring award winning singer Jo Harman, touring Bass player Caitlyn Bowyer of the band Slakrr and Music Industry practitioner, academic and researcher Sally Anne Gross BA Hons, LLB.LLM, SFHE. This online session is sure to be a must for anyone working or interested in the music industry.

The panel will cover women’s changing role in the music, it’s past present and where it’s heading into the future.

Taking place 30th May 10:30am

The Panel

Widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest ever soul/blues fuelled voices, JO HARMAN is an international touring and recording artist who remains a genre-defying, independently minded artist of rare credibility.

An artist who makes sincere and heartfelt music, The Mirror proclaimed her ‘UK’s finest female soul blues voice’ who, according to Classic Rock, writes ‘lip-biting beautiful songs’.

Jo released her second studio album ‘People We Album’ to much critical acclaim (see accolades at foot of the page) and no little commercial success. Indeed the ‘lead single’, ‘When We Were Young’ (featuring Michael McDonald) achieved BBC Radio 2 play-listing, as well as play listing on other mainstream national stations across Ireland (RTE1) and Europe. The album has also made various ‘best of’ lists, internationally. 

Sally Anne Gross is both a music industry practitioner and an academic. In 1993 she was the first woman to be A&R Manager at Mercury Records UK, and she chaired the first ever panel on gender in the music industries at ‘In The City’ music conference in Manchester.

Sally-Anne has been working in the music industry for nearly three decades, as an artist manager, record label director and international business affairs consultant.

In her current role at the University of Westminster, she is the program director of the MA Music Business Managementwhere she teaches Intellectual Property and Copyright Management, Artist & Repertoire and Music Development.

Caitlyn Bowyer is the bass player for one of the hardest working bands in the UK. Touring melodic punk heroes Slakrr.

Hailing from. Southampton, the band has only been active for just 4 years and in that time, they have taken some giant. leaps forward in becoming a well-known and widely loved name across the UK underground punk and rock.