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Nominations open for SheSaid·so 2020 Alternative Power list

Every year, SheSaid·so publishes its Alternative Power list of people in the music business, as a more diverse version of the traditional industry power lists.

2020’s Alt List is open for nominations now, with a deadline of 22 November and a theme of ‘resilience and adaptability’.

According to the organisation, this is “an opportunity to celebrate those who, in facing extreme challenges brought by the 2020 pandemic(s), have not only succeeded in overcoming them but have also brought positivity to their community when they needed it the most”.

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Shesaid·so launches Patreon to ‘stay alive and independent’

We’ve written regularly about the activities of Shesaid·so, the community for women and gender minorities in the music industry, which was founded nearly six years ago.

Now it has announced plans to launch a new community ‘hub’ for its members, and also a Patreon campaign to raise ongoing funding to support that – including from non-members.

“With your continued support, we will be able to stay alive and independent after a 60% loss in our income due to the pandemic,” wrote founder Andreea Magdalina in a blog post.

There are several tiers for the Patreon, including a $5-a-month ‘Alice’ membership for women and gender minorities at all levels of the music industry, and a $10-a-month ‘Nina’ membership for more senior members of the industry.

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shesaid·so and YouTube Music team up for mentorship schemes – the organisation pushing for gender equality in the music industry – is launching new virtual mentoring schemes for women and gender minorities in Italy and France. 

The schemes will be supported by YouTube Music, and will recruit 12 mentees in each country who will them be paired with either a local or international mentor (they can choose which). Those wishing to be mentees and mentors have until 7 June to apply.

The successful applicants will then take part in one-to-one meetings between mentors and mentees and monthly coaching sessions between July and November, with all meetings happening online. There will also be sessions with guest experts and topics covered will include public speaking, negotiation techniques, impostor syndrome and more.

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Women-in-music network is expanding its she.grows mentoring program, after a successful pilot in 2017. The full program kicks off this summer, with 50 pairs of mentors and mentees starting to work together from September for six months. is inviting applications from potential mentees or mentors now, and will categorise them based on the area of the industry they work in; their stage of career; and what they want to get out of the initiative. The plan is for each pair to meet for at least one hour a month, as well as monthly professional-development events run by the organisation.

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Billboard’s recent Power 100 list of music-industry executives was criticised for being dominated by men. Now industry network has opened nominations for its own Alternative Power 100 list – the second year for an initiative that aims for a more diverse selection of executives and creators within the industry.

It’s not just about gender. “This year’s overarching theme is ‘Intersections’, with a focus on traditionally under-represented communities such as people of colour, the LGBTQ community, those from lower economic backgrounds or with disabilities,” explained as it opened the nominations process. “Nominations of men who support these values are more than welcome.”

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So long, white manels! Let’s Be The Change aims for diversity at music industry conferences

If you’ve ever found yourself annoyed by all-male ‘manels’ at music-industry conferences, a new initiative that’s launching this morning should be encouraging.

Let’s Be The Change is being launched by industry consultant Sammy Andrews with the aim of increasing the diversity of speakers at industry events.

Initially, that involves creating two lists of potential speakers for conference organisers to draw on: one with women and the other with speakers from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The initiative will also offer mentoring and guidance for women who haven’t yet done public speaking, but would like to.