Dumfries Music Conference (DMC) curated an exciting programme of events for the month of April entitled ‘The Female Takeover’. The month-long project, which was led and facilitated by women who work in the music industry in Scotland, showcased and highlighted the talent of women in music and brought people together to appreciate the value of females in the industry. The programme of events featured a musically orientated mix of film, discussion, live music, art and workshops, including the EP Launch of seventeen-year-old singer/songwriter, Kate Kyle, a music industry panel featuring a stellar panel of experts and a showcase gig featuring some of the finest local and national acts.
DMC aimed to educate, inspire, and empower women through their events, whilst engaging people in what is an extremely important conversation about supporting gender equality in music. Women currently account for just 30% of the music industry and earn on average 30% less than their male counterparts. Professions behind the scenes are made up of just 5% of women, while only 15% of labels are majority owned by women. Of the 600 most successful songs last year, only 2% of them were produced by women. These events enabled people to recognise the gender gap in the music industry and encourage people to work towards levelling the playing field between men and women.