The IVW team have put together a panel proposal for SXSW about the need to diversify the music industry. As a team of four, made up of three women, and founded by one of them, this is an issue that is close to our hearts.

Our Sybil will look at how venues can create safe, inclusive spaces for those who are often underrepresented in the live music sector. All of our panel members are all well versed in how beneficial the live music scene is for those with visible & invisible access needs as well as gender and ethnicity. Our panellists will offer in-depth, personal insights on how to improve the diversity on stage as well as with audiences.

There will be a focus on the benefits of diversity in the live music scene, the ability to expand your audience, becoming more representative of society more widely, as well as greater online information. Additionally, an area which is often under scrutiny, they will offer ideas on how to become more inclusive which will help the industry adapt and meet the growing demand for inclusivity.

Our panellists are:

Sybil Bell – Founder, Independent Venue Week, (Moderator)
Ruby Horton – Comms Manager, 100 Club, London
Jeffrey Johns – Gig-Goer
Renee Jonard – Talent Buyer, Hotel Vegas, Austin

You can read more and vote for our panel here.



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