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YSWN and COVID-19: how we’re adapting


During the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) we are keenly aware of the challenges experienced by our community and all those working in sound and music. These range from loss of gigs, contracts and income, to reduced opportunities to meet, skill-share and collaborate with likeminded people.

We have been looking at ways to adapt and deliver YSWN activities in light of the pandemic and have been liaising with the people we work with and those who fund our projects.

We want to hear from our community about their needs at this time and how YSWN can best support women (including trans women) and people of marginalised genders in audio. We will be hosting two open conversations where members of the YSWN community can help inform our future activities and funding applications. Please join us online on Tuesday 23 June or Thursday 25 June if you would like to take part and share your experiences and ideas.

Starting from 25 June we’re launching a series of three WIRED online music technology courses for girls aged 11-16 years old in Yorkshire, thanks to support from Youth Music. Delivered via Zoom by professional musicians and audio experts, the three-week courses offer inspiring and hands-on introductions to sound recording, editing using Audacity, and sound design. All are free of charge: for full details and how to sign up, read our blog post.

We’ve had to postpone some activities as part of the Sound Pioneers project. The selected composers will now undertake their residencies at the universities of Huddersfield and Hull in 2021.

Like others, we are concerned that coronavirus is likely to have a negative impact on gender equality in the workplace. That’s why we are continuing to plan our Music Industry training offer and YSWN Audio Equity Kitemark. We’ll be announcing a date soon for our first online training session for freelancers, aiming to support sole traders in creating a more equitable industry.

Although there are no in-person YSWN meetings or events taking place right now, members of our community are keeping in touch online and we’d like to invite everyone to make use of the free resources on our website, to connect with us on Facebook or to email us on info@yorkshiresoundwomen.com with questions, updates or anything you think we’d find interesting.

For now, all of us at YSWN look forward to a future where we can put the experiences of these times to use in better serving our community.