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Concord Music Publishing's Exceptional Female Songwriters and Composers



Concord sync associate Imogen Reay shines a light on its roster of females in light of International Women's Day

Concord Music Publishing's Exceptional Female Songwriters and Composers

Monday the 8th March was International Women’s Day. You all know that.

But did you know – according to a survey last year of the top 100 songs by British acts to feature in the UK airplay chart - only 19% of the songwriters were female? And, only 3% of producers on those 100 tracks were female? (Source - The Guardian).

Now I could get into some of the sad truths about why that is, but it kind of pisses me off. Instead, I want to shout about some of the exceptional female songwriters and composers on our roster.

First up - Fiona Bevan. She is a multi-platinum selling songwriter, and has written hits for the likes of Kylie, Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi, One Direction, Backstreet Boys, Tom Walker – I could go on. You might have heard her recently being interviewed on BBC 4 alongside Paul McCartney, or standing up for songwriters about the lack of streaming royalties in this article. She’s one of the most in-demand top liners around – even if you hadn’t heard her name before you will have definitely have heard one of her songs.

Next up – the remarkable Meredith Monk. Part of the Boosey & Hawkes family, Meredith is a composer, singer, director, choreographer and filmmaker. She has written in genres ranging from solo and ensemble vocal pieces to opera, orchestra, chamber music and film – but has also pretty much created an entire unique genre of musical expression. You will understand what I mean when you listen.

My third is Alice Ivy – real name Annika Schmarsel. Our A&R team introduced us to her last year, and I have been in love with her ever since. She is an Australian songwriter and producer, who released a killer album ‘Don’t Sleep’ last Summer that is an epic celebration of diversity. She’s talked in the past about having to deal with people who couldn’t understand that she was a producer, and male producers claiming they’d 'ghost-produced' her stuff. Thank God she didn’t let that get in her way.

There are SO many others. But for now, enjoy some tunes from these three insanely talented songwriters/composers, who just happen to be females.


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Concord Music Publishing, Mon, 15 Mar 2021 13:14:11 GMT