Kim Edgar, Bell Lungs, Signy + Emma and Anne Martin are all to perform as part of the launch of SWIM – Scottish Women Inventing Music – this International Women’s Day.

The show at Glasgow’s The Old Hairdressers on Friday 8th March rounds off the launch day for the new organisation founded by Glasgow-based award-winning musical director, arranger and composer, Hilary Brooks, and aimed at promoting collaborations between music creators and industry professionals who identify as female.

Membership of SWIM is comprised of women working in all areas and genres of music, who are committed to achieving a level playing field for women, pushing for gender equality across the music industries.

The daytime element of the event takes place at Kinning Park Complex. Incorporating two panels, a speed mentoring session and a special award presentation, there will be a creche available and lunch for full day ticket holders.

The first panel, Making Waves: Programme For Change will discuss ways in which equality can be achieved in the music industry. Hosted by journalist Fiona Shepherd, guests include: Jess Partridge of PRS Foundation, Blue Kirkhope (Scottish Music Industry Association), Caroline Sewell (Musicians Union), Sarra Wild (OH141) and Siobhan Anderson (Creative Scotland).

The afternoon panel, Role Models, will look at who or what inspired these “role models” and the challenges faced. Hosted by broadcaster / journalist Janice Forsyth, guest panellists are: Diljeet Bhachu (musician), Lesley Shaw (Celtic Connections), Jill Rodger (Glasgow Jazz Festival), Emma Pollock (artist, Chemikal Underground label), Aarti Joshi (DF Concerts) and Rose McDowall (artist).

More on the daytime event including tickets can be found here.

The event then moves to the Old Hairdressers for the showcase, which is organised by Bitches Brew, launched in 2015 by SWIM member Emma Smith.

Also taking place, at 6pm, is another musical showcase, Hidden Rhythms, at Glasgow Women’s Library.

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