As part of Belfast's Women's Work Festival, the FairPlé initiative are set to host a pair of Rising Tides talks & workshops at the Duncain Arts Centre. On June 7, they'll host the first of these, entitled Doing It Yourself: How To Be a Self-Sufficient Musician.
FairPlé was set up to address gender balance in traditional & folk music, and this workshop gives an opportunity to discuss how to develop a career in Irish folk/trad music and how to look after yourself in the process. The session will be an intimate forum for asking two experienced female musicians about how they have pursued their own careers and to discuss the opportunities for and obstacles facing women in the music industry. The discussion will be driven by participants: anything from how to organise gigs/work with promoters/negotiate fees/arrange recording sessions to understanding what promoters and managers do.
The workshop is particularly aimed at those who are in the early stage of their career and those returning to music after a break. Speaking are indie-folk multi-instrumentalist & songwriter Inni-K and HAVVK's Julie Hough.
Admission is free, and you can register your interest on Eventbrite. The event runs from 11.30am-1.30pm. Attendees will be given contact details on registration and can send in suggested discussion questions and themes, so that the workshop is as relevant as possible to those in the room.