As part of the build up to the 1Xtra Live event the BBC worked in partnership with a number of community organisations across the city to bring grass roots experiences to the young people of Leeds. The Women in Music idea formed between Studio12 and BBC 1Xtra aimed to address the balance of women in the industry and studio. The event took place at Leeds Central Library and was tailored to young women looking to enter the music industry, whether it be MCing, production or as an artist.
The event was hosted by Adele Roberts from BBC Radio1 and introduced with a live performance by Studio12 participant, Empress Imani – a great platform for a Studio12 participant to showcase their talent!
There was a Q&A panel of experts from BBC 1Xtra including Mel Rudder, Carla Marie Williams, Jamz Supernova and Sian Anderson. The panel provided excellent advice to the attendees, the audience were able to ask questions and 1Xtra also provided content – making the event truly relevant to attendees.
The audience of 70 young women were encouraged to split into smaller groups which created the opportunity to talk to the experts on a one-to-one basis. Networking took place at the end of the evening, providing local media organisations, universities, artists and producers the chance to network, swap contacts and opportunities to collaborate in the future. The event was inspirational to young women, providing information on routes into the music industry in addition to the opportunity to meet their idols.
“Really enjoyed the #1XtraLiveSessions #WomenInMusic alongside @AdeleRoberts @SianAnderson @MiniMels @CarlaMarieUK”
– Jamz Supernova
“What a day! Such a pleasure to attend the Women In Music @1Xtra panel today. Thanks for having us @Studio12Leeds!” – Ramona Rose
“Great turnout for @1Xtra Women in Music event. @Studio12Leeds @leedslibraries #1XtraLiveSessions #inspirationalwomen”
“Still buzzing from this! Thank you so much for organising it. Xx”
– Adele Roberts