In his capacity as Chair of the APPG for Music, Nigel hosted a PRS Foundation-led roundtable at Portcullis House in Parliament to discuss the findings of its groundbreaking Women Make Music fund over the last five years.
Approximately 40 artists, music industry personnel, media organisations, and representatives of arts and creative industries bodies attended, as well as several MPs, including Caroline Dinenage (Minister for Women & Equalities) and Mims Davies (Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy).
As well as discussing the results of PRS’s fund, designed to help women participate in the music industry and support creative talent, the roundtable saw artists and women in the industry get a chance to share their experiences, and what improvements would help them personally, with politicians and creative industry groups. Caroline Dinenage, in her ministerial capacity, offered to help support a cross-industry group to share best practice and coordinate the findings of all the different interested groups.
Nigel Adams MP said: “It’s absolutely invaluable to hear directly from artists, songwriters, composers, and women in the music business about what changes they want to see, and what support they need. I was moved by some of the presentations I heard – both by what some women had to go through to follow their interest in music, but also by how they’d been able to help other women through music. We had such an abundance of creative and technical talent, as well as business savvy, in the room for this roundtable. On behalf of all the MPs present, I think we found this session eye-opening and a good way to build on the diversity work many creative bodies and music organisations are undertaking. I look forward to continuing this discussion at another APPG for Music session we have planned in April, where we will also discuss ethnic diversity.”