New opportunities and events from YSWN funding boost

Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN) is delighted to announce that it is part of Kirklees Council’s successful bid to the Leeds LEP’s Business Rates Pool fund, part of an ambitious project to make the most of Kirklees’ rich and diverse musical heritage.

Kirklees Council logoKirklees Council announced its commitment to music in the 2016 Culture Kirklees report, and last year announced their ambitions for Kirklees to become a place where everyone can hear world-class music; and where children and young people have access to excellent musical experiences and education.

They are also looking to support the next generation of musicians and music professionals to build and sustain high quality careers, by providing access to the very best industry advice, career opportunities and performance routes.

What does this mean for YSWN?

The funding will enable YSWN to consolidate and grow the organisation through:

  • Appointing a part-time Coordinator
  • Establishing three industry internships for young women seeking experience within the music and audio industries
  • Programming a series of three open-access YSWN events.

With an emphasis on connecting with diverse communities each event will combine creative music technology workshops and performance sharing platforms, plus information, advice and guidance on careers and progression routes for girls and women within the sound and music industries.

Dr Liz Dobson, one of the co-founders and Directors of YSWN, said: “Kirklees has such a brilliant and diverse music community, and it is wonderful to see Kirklees Council place such importance on the development of music in our region. YSWN is particularly appreciative of this support, which comes at an important stage in the development of our young organisation.”

The story so far

Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN) was founded in 2015 by women working in the music technology industry who wanted to use their skills and influence to address gender and racial inequality in the sector. YSWN enables the artistic and technical development of women and girls through access to resources, skills sharing, and collaborative opportunities.

To date, YSWN has delivered over 80 workshops, and inspired new regional groups across Yorkshire and beyond. YSWN’s mission is to support a flourishing industry which welcomes, encourages, progresses and respects the inclusion of girls and women at all levels and reflects the diversity of its participating communities. YSWN became a Community Interest Company in 2018.

About the Leeds LEP

The Leeds City Region Business Rates Joint Committee backed 20 projects in all with total funding of £12.9m.

The Business Rates Pool enables member authorities to retain and invest the proceeds of growth in business rates. It has supported investments with a value of more than £11m since it was created in 2014.