• Clodagh Meaney

6 platforms supporting Irish women in music

Sisters are doing it for themselves.

By Clodagh Meaney


A report published this week by Good Seed PR has shown that women are played on Irish radio 90 percent less than their male counterparts.


The report looked specifically at the performance of Irish musician's in Top 20 radio play across 28 stations in Ireland.


The results were eye-opening, and put facts and figures behind something we already knew: there is a disproportionate gender disparity in the Irish music industry.


Despite this, there are number of music platforms in Ireland where women promote women.


Here are six platforms championing women in the Irish music industry.


MNÁSOME


Founded by Wexford musician, Sinéad Furlong, in August 2017, MNÁSOME are an independently run blog that celebrates women in the Irish music industry.


As well as holding events showcasing women in the industry, the platform publishes incredible playlists brimming with talent.


They also publish news and interviews women in music, helping them to raise their voice and network with like minded people in a safe space.



Fairplé


Created to ensure gender balance in traditional Irish and folk music, Fairplé advocate for female representation and equal opportunities for women in the industry.

The grassroots movement holds events which highlight gender imbalance in trad and folk music.


Funded by The Arts Council, they have also created a directory of women in the industry.


Gxrl Code


Founded by DJ Mona Lxsa, Gxrl Code are a collective of female DJs from across the country.

Having moved to Ireland from Malawi, Mona Lxsa was inspired by how her mother would help Malawian immigrants get on their feet once they moved here.

As a DJ she decided she could help up and coming DJs to break into the industry and find their beginnings.


She Said So Dublin


She Said So is a global network women in the music industry.


Founded in September 2014, the She Said So is and international and diverse community made up of women from all sectors of the music industry including: record labels, artist management, bookings, journalists, photographers, tech, creative and more.


They also host regular workshops and webinars to help women excel in the music business.


Girls Rock Dublin

Volunteer led group, Girls Rock Dublin, run camps and events aimed at empowering women and girls in music.


The group recently published a Zine filled with articles and artwork from women and girls in the industry.


The X Collective


Founded by industry professionals, Emily Shaw of Oiche Events and Ele Breslin (ZAPHO), in early 2020, The X Collective is a growing community with over 70 artists and creatives.


The collective offers a broad spectrum of music industry skills and expertise including recording, songwriting, producing, management, PR, videography, event management and much more.

They recently released their first single, Collide, a collaboration between ZAPHO and Tolu Makay.

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