Manchester Calling!

We’re publicizing this notice on behalf of WLMA supporter Mary O’Meara, who’s working on an exciting project: 

‘MANCHESTER MUSIC SCENE (1960-present day) Doing things differently here…’

Call for expressions of interest by musicians, and those involved in the music “business” in any capacity. Any gender welcome!

I moved from London to Manchester late 2002 to start a record label and follow my musical dreams. For a long time I’d particularly loved the music that seemed to originate in this wonderful city and I wasn’t disappointed with what I found. One thing disappointed me though, and still does. This being the lack of visibility and support for female artists as well as women working in the “business” – it’s not that they aren’t there, it’s not that the incredible music isn’t happening despite the climate, but there is still, in 2016 a problem with the reception/perception of their music and the struggle that goes into it. From where I’m standing, which is currently Manchester, this problem has persisted for a long time and is particularly startling and disappointing in a city so rich in musical heritage and so proud of it’s innovative and revolutionary attitude in so many areas …

“This is Manchester, we do things differently here…” Tony Wilson. Yes, and no …

I’m currently at the beginning of writing a book focusing on women who make and made music in Manchester as well as those involved in the supporting industry from a cultural, political, artistic and historical perspective. Although I have a lot of people I’d like to talk to in mind already I realize there are more than likely plenty others I’m not aware of. So I’m reaching out to women, and also men, who feel they have something to say in this particular arena. Please get in touch with me via email in the first instance at

mary_o_meara@hotmail.com

 

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