How ‘Girls I Rate’ is creating opportunities for women in the music industry

Launching in 2016, Girls I Rate has managed to evolve from a dinner for female creatives to an organisation quickly becoming the go-to place for A&Rs to find talent.

Speaking to PSNEurope in a recent interview, producer, songwriter and Girls I Rate founder Carla Marie Williams revealed how the organisation is empowering young women, and its plans for the future.

“I was really young and a little inexperienced and possibly wasn’t fully aware of how the industry worked. So, I started Girls I Rate to meet more female creatives, because I didn’t really know any,” Williams told PSNEurope editor Dan Gumble.

“All the people I knew were men and I found that a bit frustrating. So, I put a dinner together with 100 women and decided that it would happen on International Women’s Day. 100 women turned up, Channel 4 turned up and it was a great start to a movement.”

With such a successful start, Williams saw an opportunity to grow Girls I Rate into something that could produce opportunities for females in the industry, and so started the GIR Arts Academy, aimed at girls aged 16-30 wanting to get into the industry through weekenders, workshops and masterclasses.

“We now work with the PRS Foundation doing weekenders on writing and recording. I also work with PRS on an event called Get Heard, which puts young women in front of A&Rs, publishers, managers and top people from the industry. Hopefully different things will come about from that,” she said.

“We are – funding permitting – trying to launch weekly weekend courses that would provide training in all creative capacities. We’re hoping we can get some donations from tech companies who can help offer programmes that will develop [producers] in our space, because that’s what we’re lacking at the minute.”

Girls I Rate looks set to continue growing throughout 2018, with Williams revealing that: “Over the past two years we’ve had over 2,000 advocates that have signed up and come to our different events, so I’ve definitely seen the progress. And I definitely feel Girls I Rate is going to become the go-to place for A&Rs to find talent. We call them the GIR army – we’ve definitely got an army of girls out there who really push hard for us.”

Read PSNEurope’s full interview with Carla Marie Williams here.

Here at MI Focus we believe that more needs to be done to not only give every child the opportunity to create music and art, but to encourage young women to pursue careers in all aspects of the MI and audio industries, so it is fantastic to see an organisation such as Girls I Rate working hard to give the future of music these opportunities.

Find out more about Girls I Rate here.

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Founder/Publisher of UK musical instrument industry publication MI Focus.