40 more festivals have signed the Keychange 50/50 gender balance pledge

Written by frtyfve Team

A further 40 festivals will be joining the pioneering Keychange pledge to reach a 50/50 gender balance across their festival lineups by 2022.

PRS Foundation has announced that 40 more festivals have joined its Keychange initiative, working towards a 50/50 gender balance across their line-ups by 2022.

The new festivals joining the Keychange initiative include: Annie Mac Presents Lost & Found Festival (Malta), EFG London Jazz Festival, MUSEXPO (USA) & Cambridge Folk Festival, taking the total number of Keychange festivals to 85.

PRS Foundation will host a Keychange event at Liverpool Sound City tomorrow (4th May 2018) to announce that a further 40 festivals will be joining the pioneering Keychange pledge to achieve or maintain a 50/50 gender balance across their festivals by 2022 (including live line-ups, conferences and commissions).  

This follows the gender balance commitment made back in February 2018 by 45 international music festivals and conferences, including The Great Escape.

Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation, said: “We’re thrilled that Liverpool Sound City has joined the Keychange partnership and is hosting an event which celebrates the fact that another 40 festivals have joined since we launched at Canada House a few months ago.  It’s been hugely encouraging to hear from such a broad range of independent music events who recognise the benefits of championing more female artists across their stages".

The 40 new festivals joining the Keychange pledge are:

AMP Lost & Found (Malta) / AIM Music Connected and Indie Con (UK) / Alínæ Lumr (Germany) / Bestival – Temple Stage (UK) / Black Deer Festival (UK) / Brainchild Festival (UK) / Brighton Music Conference (UK) / B-Sides Festival (Switzerland) / Bushstock (UK) / Cambridge Folk Festival (UK) / Camp Wavelength (Canada) / Celtic Connections (UK) / EFG London Jazz Festival (UK) / Fjellparkfestivalen (Norway) / Folk Alliance International (USA) / Folk On The Dock (UK) / Glasgow International Jazz Festival (UK) / Halifax Pop Explosion (Canada) / Hull Jazz Festival (UK) / Jazzkaar (Estonia) / Jeunes Talents (France) / Looe Music Festival (UK) / Lisbon International Music Network (Portugal) / Live At Heart (Sweden) / Long Division Festival (UK) /  MUSEXPO (USA) / New Music Biennial (UK) / Northern Lights Festival Boréal (Canada) / Nova Scotia Music Week (Canada) / Pete The Monkey (France) / Philadelphia Folk Festival (USA) / Relevance Festival (Denmark) / Riverfest Elora (Canada) / Sørveiv (Norway) / Subtropikal Festival (Brasil) / Unconference (UK) / VUT Indie Days (Germany) / Wavelength Winter Festival (Canada) / Wood Festival (UK) / XpoNorth (UK)

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