Not-for-profit organisation GIRLS I RATE is hosting its 3rd annual Gala Dinner fundraiser on the 8th March, this year’s International Women’s Day.
Founded by Grammy-nominated songwriter Carla Marie Williams – who has written for the likes of Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Sean Paul, Craig David and Paloma Faith – GIRLS I RATE launched in 2016 and is a networked creative movement that now boasts 2000 members.
It provides a platform for women and the next generation of girls with its Arts Academy, a weekend hub of learning and development for women aged 16-30, as well as the #GetHeard A&R and Songwriting weekender that engages with 1000 young women, as well as panels, masterclasses, luncheons and other programmes to encourage career development, collaboration, networking and support.
This year’s exclusive gala event will raise vital funds that will allow the GIR movement to deliver more educational events and programmes to girls and women from all over the UK.
With the aim to celebrate, inspire and empower fellow women in the industry, the Gala dinner will be open to just 100 women, comprising GIR members, advocates, celebrities and creative industry insiders at 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London.
The GIRLS I RATE Gala dinner is proudly sponsored by VEVO UK. It will be hosted by BBC radio and TV presenter Sarah Jane Crawford and attended by a star-studded roll call of high profile women including Alexandra Burke, Ray BLK, Liz McClarnon, Caprice, Charlene White, Kanya King MBE, Preeya Kalidas, Angie Greaves and more big names to be announced, as well as a performance from ‘grime violinist’ Tanya Cracknell and DJ set courtesy of BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Melody Kane.
The event comes a few weeks before Williams as writer-producer releases her ‘All My Girls‘ EP through her New Crowd label. The 3-track EP is curated, orchestrated and produced by Carla Marie, whose message is about celebrating women and female empowerment.
She has assembled a diverse range of exciting, British all-female talent to feature and a predominantly female creative team behind the scenes in director, producer, videographer, styling, choreographer and photographer roles. Full information on the EP, launch event and release details will be announced in the coming weeks.
“I founded GIRLS I RATE to celebrate, inspire and empower, and by doing so redress the lack of female representation and recognition in the creative industry. Experiencing first-hand the imbalance and inequality, I was compelled to create a movement that is a platform for pushing for positive change and establishing a stronger female presence now and for the next generation of female talent,” said Williams.
“Three years in, I’m so proud of what GIR has achieved, but the gender diversity gap still exists, and so does the glass ceiling. With important recent causes such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Vote100 and #WomenInMusic, the groundswell of support for women’s equality has grown and grown, but there is still much work to be done and as long as change is needed, then GIR still has a purpose. The Gala event on International Women’s Day is pivotal to the cause. I urge the industry to get behind it.
“I’ve been fortunate to have some influential men support and champion my work and Girls I Rate, I think it’s important for men to use their male privilege to help push gender equality forward. But above all, when women support women, anything is possible. I can’t wait to bring all my girls together!”
Alexandra Burke said: “The GIRLS I RATE movement is so important for the industry and Carla’s work is vital, especially in the current climate. I am proud to be a part of it and be an advocate for positive change in gender equality.”
Safiya Lambie-Knight, Head of Music and Talent, Vevo UK commented: “We are so proud to be supporting GIR and the Gala dinner. We have been following Carla and her work closely for some time and seeing the network of creative women that she has built is truly inspirational.
“Now more than ever it’s up to business and individuals to come together and ensure a fair and equal future for our creative industries and the next generation of talent on and off stage. I’m really pleased that through our platform we too can play a part.”