Mentor for the newly-launched she.grows Spain mentoring programme in partnership with YouTube Music

For this month’s Member Spotlight we speak to she.grows Spain mentee, Pat Quinteiro; Director, Mixmag Spain / CEO, PAT Comunicaciones PR Agency / Co-Director, MUTEK Barcelona & MUTEK ES Symposium / Spain Board Member.

To find out more about the she.grows Spain mentoring scheme in partnership with YouTube Music (a hybrid mentoring programme designed to support the careers of women and gender minorities in the music business in Spain) and to apply to be a mentee, apply here. You are a mentor taking part in the she.grows Spain mentorship initiative. What are you most excited for as a participant in this program?

Pat: I have to be honest, I am very excited but it is also a huge responsibility. I am well aware…

Following she.grows mentorship scheme success, is excited to be announced as Mentorship Partner for the POWER UP Participant Programme.

The POWER UP Participant Programme, developed in Summer 2020 and announced in February 2021 Programme is designed to elevate exciting Black music creators and industry professionals and address barriers for those at crucial career stages, with an annual selection of twenty music creators and twenty executives and industry professionals.

In alliance with the Black Music Coalition, the Power Up Movement will set targets and apply industry pressure to increase Black representation, empower and advocate for Black talent and industry professionals…

Sounds good, right? [Interview by Clare Everson]

Emily White has achieved a lot in her career, to say the least. She is the founder of Collective Entertainment, a talent management and consulting firm based in New York and Los Angeles, after her years as a tour manager (including runs with Imogen Heap and festivals ranging from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock), artist manager and consultant. Somehow Emily also finds the time to share her knowledge as a speaker, writer, and now podcast host.

We spoke to Emily to dive in to her most recent book “How to build a sustainable music career and collect all revenue streams” in…

Sophia Kearney and Steven Braines are co-founders of the multimedia platform and event production company HE.SHE.THEY, which bills itself as a record label, fashion label and queer party for everyone. In honor of Pride month, we’re spotlighting Kearney and Braines and the important work they do to elevate queer voices in the dance music space. They speak about “wow” moments, the sacrifices we make to pursue our dreams, and why queer folks need a seat at the decision makers’ tables.

(L/R) Sophia Kearney and Steven Braines (Photo credit: Fiona Garden) What kind of impact do you hope HE.SHE.THEY. has on the music industry at large?

Sophia: Our ultimate goal is that the brand in all of its facets — be it parties, clothing, the record… Sweden’s new chapter Directors, Dina Liberg and Nicole Palacio, remind us of Sweden’s contribution to the global music industry, and their hopes for the community in Sweden. Tell us a little more about yourselves and your career journeys to date.

Nicole: “I decided I wanted to work in the music industry in 1992 after reading an article in Sassy, the feminist teen magazine of the time, about a woman working in marketing at Def Jam Records. I was eleven years old and just moved to Los Angeles from rural California via Medellin, Colombia. So it has certainly been a journey! …

[Compiled by Clare Everson]

This week marks Juneteenth in the US (19th June), an important day in many Black American communities. It symbolises the last steps toward the formal end of chattel slavery in the United States.

To learn more about Juneteenth you can use these useful resources:

Blair Imani ‘Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream

Juneteenth by Henry Louis Gates

13th Documentary by @ava

Teaching Juneteenth

‘How the Word Is Passed’ by @clintsmithiii

Check out this selection of community shout-outs to follow and support. (We welcome all additional suggestions to

Black Artist Database

(UK-based but featuring a wealth of US artists). A community-based platform, hosting a directory of international Black-owned record labels, artists, producers and bands. This crowd-sourced database provides an easy way to search, filter and directly support the creative output of Black artists globally, via their online profiles.

“Lack of diversity, inclusion and pathways for professional growth in…

Ahead of her Instagram live performance this Friday on’s Instagram, London-based artist, songwriter and producer, Sans Soucis, she tells us about honing production skills, authenticity and the value of a support network. [Interview by Sorrel Salb]

Sans Soucis How would you describe the evolution of your sound since you started releasing music in 2018?

At the very beginning of my career, my sound was definitely way more intimate, I would say shy but impactful and powerful. I started writing when I moved to London 6 years ago and my experience as an immigrant shaped my first steps into songwriting. When I started releasing music in 2018, I tried to exorcise the inability to tune into my real personality and identity because of a language barrier with the help of songwriting, which was the best form of therapy at that stage of my life.

The more I got back in touch with myself and got…

On being an active ally and strengthening the community

Following a partnership for the Alternative Power Music 100 List in 2020, we are excited to welcome Native Instruments to the community as an ALLIES member. As the leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJ’ing, Native Instruments has been at the heart of musical innovation for over twenty years.

Today, driven by their mission to make music creation more inclusive and accessible, Native hardware, software, and digital services provide fully-integrated solutions for musicians, producers, and DJs of all genres and levels of experience.

We asked what allyship in the music industry means to them.

Jane Arnison (courtesy of Native Instruments) Why is diversity & inclusion important to Native Instruments?

NI (Native Instruments): We believe that our differences are our strengths, and we therefore want to facilitate music-making across the widest possible range of cultures and backgrounds. We value individuality and the collective, and we believe that diversity brings innovation, both in the workplace and in music creation. Our position as an industry leader in music production technology gives us a platform to contribute to a progressive society. We want to do more to engage with those who have been underrepresented in music production until now, and we want more balanced representation in our team to achieve that goal.


The parenthood committee hears our community’s needs

Being a parent is a huge and overwhelming responsibility, honour, challenge, joy and never-ending learning curve in any circumstances. Throw in a hectic and sometimes ruthless music industry career, and it’s a wonder anyone even attempts the two together.

Cue the parenthood committee.

The parenthood committee was formed to support parents of all genders in the music industry. Having already collaborated on panels including the Fam Jam Session at BreakOut West (rewatch the panel here), as well as growing the global community of parents and local chapter ambassadors, the committee’s objective is to provide a supportive and open platform to empower parents in the music industry.

Last month the committee took over the global Instagram account to ask: what is it really like to be a parent in the music industry and what more should we be doing to support an…

We’re back for 2021 to celebrate those paving the way in the music industry

Last year the community grew to include a Patreon based subscription and this year we’re thrilled to say that they are partnering with us to celebrate The New Creative Economy with the Alternative Power 100 Music List.

Since its inception in 2017 as an alternative to Billboard’s Power 100 List, the #AltList, has evolved as a prestigious and sought-after event by executives, artists, and other creators in the music industry, focusing on traditionally underrepresented communities such as women, people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community, and people from emerging markets, acting as a pioneer for those who often go unnoticed.

The theme of this year’s #AltList is The New Creative Economy, with Patreon and partnering to celebrate those at the forefront of this new era for the music industry, which has been ushered in by independent creators…

🌎 A global independent community of women, gender minorities & allies in music. 🙏 Join us as a member or ally today:

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