Omni Sound Project to host online conference Signal Gain

The Omni Sound Project exists to help marginalized genders in the music industry learn the skills they need to create, record, and produce music and sound. On Saturday, November 7th, they will be hosting an educational conference called Signal Gain, a full day event which will be held online. The teachers and presenters are all female-identifying and gender non-conforming individuals who share Omni’s mission to encourage inclusion of marginalized genders in the music and audio industries.

The event will be sponsored by Mix with the MastersGoodhertz and PreSonus. You can register for Signal Gain here.

Below are a few distinctions & more info about Signal Gain.

  • The sessions are educational classes with a structured curriculum. Many online conferences feature interviews or demos by sponsors, but Omni’s conference emphasizes a focus on planned educational content.
  • All genders are invited. Omni believe that male-identifying allies benefit from being in educational spaces where they may be in the minority, and that their presence raises their awareness of their role in making all spaces more inclusive.
  • Omni’s presenters are chosen for their teaching experience, not necessarily because of name recognition. Many online conference feature panelists without prior teaching experience. Omni believe that a presenters’ ability to convey information effectively results in a valuable online conference.

Visit the Omni Sound Project website for more information.

Big Joanie sign to Kill Rock Stars & release 7″ single with Charmpit

Get In Her Ears are thrilled to share the news that Big Joanie have signed to iconic US riot grrrl label Kill Rock Stars! To mark the occasion, the trio will be releasing a 7″ split single with fellow feminist punks Charmpit titled Kluster Room Sessions, set for release on 27th November. You can pre-order your copy here.

Having both formed at First Timers Fest, Big Joanie and Charmpit have garnered a loyal and passionate following on the DIY underground scenes here in the UK. With this joint release on Kill Rock Stars, their punk infused sounds will be reaching wider, equally as passionate audiences in the US and beyond.

Kluster Room Sessions features an early recording of Big Joanie’s track ‘Cut Your Hair’ on the A side, and Charmpit’s single ‘Bad Attitude’ on the B side. “We leapt at the chance to do a split EP with Big Joanie because we love them,” explained Charmpit’s guitarist & vocalist Rhianydd YorkWilliams. “We’re so psyched to be working with Kill Rock Stars. They are a cool breeze to work with and we have so much love for what they do.”

After releasing their debut album Sistahs in 2018, Big Joanie are also planning to share their highly anticipated second record via Kill Rock Stars in 2021. “I grew up idolising practically every band on the Kill Rock Stars roster when I was a teenager,” explains Big Joanie’s guitarist & vocalist Stephanie Phillips. “We all have so much admiration for the work Kill Rock Stars has done and their influence on the punk scene. We’re so happy they can join us on this next journey of Big Joanie to help us reach new audiences.” Big Joanie’s 2021 second album will also be released in the UK and Europe via Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz’s label, Daydream Library Series.

Make sure you’re following Big Joanie, Charmpit and Kill Rock Stars for more updates…

Big Joanie: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Charmpit: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Kill Rock Stars: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

The Oram Awards 2020 – Vote now!

Calling all women, girls and gender minority artists who create innovative music, or who are involved in sound and related technologies! The Oram Awards are accepting applications & nominations for their 2020 ceremony. Information about the awards, the prizes (inc. development bursaries from PRS Foundation) and how to apply or nominate another artist are below. You have until Friday 14th August to get your submissions in. Good luck!

Info & Background on The Oram Awards

For the first time, applications for the 4th annual Oram Awards for innovation in sound, music and related technologies are now open to the general public. Six winners will receive development bursaries from PRS Foundation. Any music creator who meets the criteria, or their representative, can now apply.

Named after Daphne Oram, one of the founding members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the awards aim to build on her legacy. Along with other women of the workshop, including Delia Derbyshire, Glynis Jones, Jenyth Worsley, Maddalena Fagandini and Elizabeth Parker, Oram played a vital role in establishing women at the forefront of innovation in newly-emerging audio technologies not only in the UK but around the world.

Whilst there are many women innovating in sound and music, their work and their voices often struggle to be heard. The Oram Awards will be open to women, girls and gender minorities in recognition of Daphne Oram’s pioneering status as an inspiring role model to other women who are currently under represented in electronic music.

Application criteria & prize information

The Oram Awards are open to women, girls and gender minorities of all ages from 11 years upwards. There is only one category: innovation in sound, music and associated technologies. This year there will be 6 winners and the ceremony will take place in November (date to be confirmed). 2 of the winners will receive special commendations and development bursaries of £1,500. 4 winners receive development bursaries of £500 from PRS Foundation.

The Oram Awards are looking for music and sound creators who:

– are based in the United Kingdom
– create high quality original new music and sound;
– innovate in sound, music and associated technologies;
– through their work have demonstrated that they are deserving of increased recognition;
– are ready for this opportunity and will use the PRS Foundation bursary for future creative and professional development.

PRS Foundation retains the right not to invite submissions from nominees who are already receiving significant funding from another PRS Foundation programme such as the PPL Momentum Fund, The Composers’ Fund or New Music Biennial.

The applications for this year’s awards are open to the public until Friday 14th August. The winners will be announced on 1st November.

Click here to apply or nominate!


Bang Bang Romeo to Headline Loud Women Festival in 2021

Today, Loud Women have announced that Doncaster/Sheffield rockers Bang Bang Romeo will be headlining their fifth festival, which is set to take place at 229 London on 20th March 2021. The Loud Women team are promising to turn the volume up even higher next year, as they’ve received a much needed grant from the Arts Council.

Designed to celebrate and support women in the DIY, punk and rock music scenes, the Loud Women Festival has showcased some of our favourite artists, including; Dream Nails, The Menstrual Cramps, ARXX and Petrol Girls. The team received over 500 applications from across the globe from artists wanting to play the forthcoming festival, and there are still more than 20 artists to be announced on the line-up.

Loud Women Founder Cassie Fox says: “The aim of the festival is to show how many incredible womxn-powered bands are out there, as a counter to every other festival, those that struggle to even book 50% female acts. In starting and growing the Loud Women community, I wanted to curate top quality, safe-space gigs that showcased some of the awesome womxn-powered bands in the scene, and to create a community of womxn musicians to support each other. I am super-excited that Bang Bang Romeo are coming to play LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 – they are just explosive live, and Stars is such a driven and inspiring frontwoman with a phenomenal voice. The perfect headliner for a festival celebrating female musical power!”

Earlybird tickets for Loud Women Fest are available now at a special price of £16. Grab your tickets here.

Follow Loud Women on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for more updates.

Kate Crudgington