Sounding the Feminists is a voluntary organisation made up of “composers, sound artists, performers, musicologists, critics, promoters, industry professionals, organisations, and individuals” who are “committed to promoting and publicising the creative work of female, trans, and non-binary musicians.”
To that end, the Irish collective are currently putting on Sounding the Feminists Professional Development Workshops about performing, creating, engaging and promoting music for the intended audience in IMRO’s headquarters on Pembroke Row in Dublin. The next informal workshop, the third, will be centred around writing about music and takes place on Friday, October 18th from 4pm to 7pm.
The blurb says:
‘Writing about music is like dancing about architecture’ is a quip attributed to various individuals from Elvis Costello to Frank Zappa. Whatever its origins,
there is no disputing the huge public interest in the work of those who endeavour to talk and write about music. Reviews, articles, blogs, and podcasts are some of the ways in which writers connect with listeners and readers, fans and scholars. But how do you go about producing that content? What music do you want to write about? How do you convey sonic experiences in print? Which forms of communication will enable you to reach your desired audience? Facilitated by Laura Watson of STF, the workshop features a panel of experts who write, edit and produce content for diverse audiences. Their work spans the spectrum of print media, academia, online media platforms, podcasts, radio, the blogosphere, and more.
On the panel on the 18th are:
Niall Byrne – Founder of Nialler9
Michael Dervan – Irish Times Music Critic
Melanie Lynch – Founder and CEO of Herstory
Toner Quinn – Editor and Founder of the Journal of Music
Helen Shaw – Founder and CEO of Athena Media; former MD of RTÉ Radio
Danielle Sofer – Musicologist, Media Scholar, Performer, and Activist
Cost: Free* – And thanks to the generous sponsorship of our hosts IMRO, STF can offer to cover the travel expenses (bus or train return tickets) of artists travelling to the workshop from outside Dublin city centre.
To confirm your participation: To participate, book your place by emailing [email protected] by 16 October 2019. Please give a 50-word summary of your musical interests / experience if relevant, and let us know if you require travel expenses.
“STF are passionate about supporting women, trans, and non-binary people looking to gain a foothold or develop their profiles in the fields of music journalism, online writing, and criticism,” says Laura Watson, Education Officer of Sounding the Feminists. “I am delighted that IMRO sponsorship enables us to offer workshops that share industry expertise. STF look forward to engaging with new voices, both established and emerging, at these events.”