2019... by francine gorman

The new year is upon us, so here’s a brief glance back at 2018!

About to enter my third year of freelancing, and feeling extremely fortunate to have had the chance to work with such great partners and clients over the past 2 years. Honoured to be taking the Ja Ja Ja London and Berlin nights into their 10th and 5th years, respectively, and looking forward to producing some very special events to mark these anniversaries.

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Also very happy to have had such great opportunities and experiences through the Keychange project over the past 12 months, which is embarking upon another year of encouraging progressive change regarding gender equality in the music industry. And thanks to Deezer for the continued support and opportunities too, especially to Chris Baughen - good luck with your future endeavours!

Finally, big thanks to Daniel, Erica, Andy and Anna for their collaboration on this year’s Sørveiv Music Summit. It’s always a (very cold) treat to spend a week in Kristiansand with such bright, driven folks. I’m immensely proud of the conversations that were started and continued at this year’s event, and hope that we set up some solid foundations for future editions.

2019 will see a bit of a change around in the projects I’m working on, as I modify my schedule to be able to fit in some well overdue writing time. That said, i’m always looking out for new projects to jump on board with, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any ideas - contact details are here!

Happy new year and looking forward to seeing everyone in 2019!

Wrapping up 2018 - Ja Ja Ja by francine gorman

18 x new artists, 2 x cities, 6 x shows, 1000+ tickets sold and it’s time to wrap up the autumn season of Ja Ja Ja!

Thanks to everyone who performed, helped set up each show, and especially thanks to everyone that came down. Great things in store for all of the bands that we’ve been working with, so keep an eye on www.jajajamusic.com to find out more.

Here are a few choice snaps from the season - and we’ll be back in Jan 2019, heading to Vienna, Salzburg, Graz and Budapest!

Keychange at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival by francine gorman

Always a treat to head back to my home town on school day (shame there’s no footy on), so i’m very much looking forward to joining the folks at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for a discussion on ways to encourage more women to study experimental music at higher ed. levels.

Big thanks to Graham McKenzie for inviting Keychange to take part - the event’s free to attend, 1pm on the 21st Nov at the Uni of Huddersfield. So do come down! All details here.

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Sørveiv Summit - 2018 Edition by francine gorman

Excited to be joining the Sørveiv Festival team in Kristiansand, Norway for a second year, as a co-organiser of the Sørveiv Music Summit. Was a pleasure to work with Andy Inglis, Daniel Nordgård and Anna Willrodt on the project last year, and this year we’ve got the brilliant Erica Berthelsen joining the fold too.

We’re putting together a two day programme of talks, panels, soapboxes, keynotes and discussions around mental health in music, the environment and how we as an industry can be more respectful of it, music promotion and creativity in emerging areas, and the value of music, on both an economic and social level.

Find out more by checking out the full programme and our 2018 speakers.

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BreakOut West / Halifax Pop Explosion - Keychange by francine gorman

Heading to Canada for a few weeks this month to discuss the Keychange project at BreakOut West in Kelowna (BC) and Halifax Pop Explosion (NS).

Looking to meet some good folks that want to hear more about effective ways of changing the current gender landscape in the music industry - so say hi!

11th Oct: BreakOut West - ‘Creating A Keychange: Women In The Music Industry
18th Oct: Halifax Pop Explosion - ‘Feature Friday: Keychange

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New Ja Ja Ja season kicks off in Berlin + London! Autumn 2018 by francine gorman

Always good to get the Ja Ja Ja shows rolling again after a summer break - and we’ve got some phenomenal artists lined up for the coming season. We’ve just kicked off in Berlin with Christopher (DK), Hildur (IS) and Jimi Somewhere (NO), and will be heading to London in a few weeks to bring Christopher (again - DK), Hugar (IS) and Hanne Mjøen (NO) to town.

Check out www.jajajamusic.com to see where and when to find us…

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Development project - Nordvegen by francine gorman

Commission from the Bergen International Festival to manage the development, design and production of a digital platform to present the Nordvegen project - a concept created by Einar Selvik (Wardruna) and Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved).

The project is a musical production, following trade routes travelled by Viking explorers in Norway and utilises landscapes, language and instruments that are true to this time.

Very happy with how the site turned out! A flexible space to present the many different facets and stories behind the project, all through a nice, clean design. Thanks to Seb Dehesdin and Richard Robinson for being great partners in crime, as always! Check out the site at nordvegenculture.no >>

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dBs Dialogues Panel in Berlin - 19th April 2018 by francine gorman

Honoured to have been invited to chair one of dBs Berlin's 'Dialogues' sessions, set to take place at Funkhaus on the 19th April. We'll be talking about mental health in the creative industries - the state of it, care and considerations for yourself and your team, and ultimately, how to successfully get by in an industry that relies so much on sharing yourself, as well as your work.

Come along! It's free! All info here...

"#4 Industry & Environment - Thursday 19 April, 18:30

Precariousness of earnings, constant exposure to feedback, definitions of success; the very nature of the creative industries we work in has a huge impact our mental health. In October last year Help Musicians UK's research exposed higher than average mental health issues in the UK music industry. But they also produced some clear guidance on how to turn this around, starting with education.

Let's create a better environment for all future artists and creative practitioners. Join us as we discuss: Who is responsible for duty of care? What can we do to give credibility to creative career paths? How can we be bold in our expression of self care?"

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Keychange: Gender Equality at festivals and conferences by francine gorman

New project on the go! Very happy to share the news that i'm working with the PRS Foundation on their Keychange initiative, encouraging events to make a pledge towards achieving or maintaining a 50/50 gender balance across their festivals by 2022 (including live line-ups, conferences and commissions). 

It's a really brilliant and really important project, founded by festivals including Iceland Airwaves, Reeperbahn and The Great Escape - find out more about Keychange here, and for more info, send me an email by clicking just here!

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