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Both Sides Now is a large-scale initiative taking place across the North of England to support emerging female artists and up-and-coming industry professionals to transform the future of the music industry.

We want to create a growing network, deliver sustainable activity, and affect permanent change around the perception, opportunities and profiling of women in music, from the classroom, to the boardroom, to the stage.

The project is led by Brighter Sound, a creative music charity based in Manchester and working across the North and nationally. They believe music-making and creativity should be a central pillar in the lives of all children and young people, that emerging musicians should be supported to develop their artistic confidence and originality, and that the music landscape should be equal and diverse.

Music:Leeds are working to support the project in Leeds, and we are trying to raise awareness of the first events:

1)   Shiva Fesharaki Artist in Residence

Female artists and practitioners based in Leeds and surrounding areas may also want to check out the opportunity to take part in a 5 day Artist in Residence program with Shiva Fesharaki in March.

For more information, and to apply by Sun 11th Feb see:

2)   Open Space event: Making gender equality in the music industry a reality... what can we all do?
Thursday 1st March, Duke Studios.

This first ‘Open Space’ event is for anyone with an interest in this conversation to come together and discuss what could make a real difference - whether that’s about role models, motherhood, education, social mobility, policy change or something else entirely.

Unfolding over a series of informal conversations, the agenda will be yours to set. You might want to convene a conversation about something you feel passionately about, or join a conversation kick-started by someone else. More than just a talking shop, our aim is to get things and people moving.

The event is open to everyone, food and drinks will be provided and there will be activities for children.

Register to attend at:


Our ambition is, that as the Music:Leeds project and website grows, we will provide a focus and listing for all activity in Leeds that works to improve gender equality within Music in Leeds. For now, please see these excellent organisaitons and projects

Bomb The Twist
Come Play With Me
Girl Gang Leeds
Girls That Gig
Leeds Music Hub
Slut Drop
Yorkshire Sound Women Network