Empowering Female Artists Through Keychange Partnership

Keychange is a pioneering international initiative which aims to see music festival line-ups achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022 whilst investing in the next generation of female talent in music.

Since 2017, Keychange has been empowering women from across Europe to transform the future of music with the help of European festivals and conferences who have signed up to a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. Hard Working Class Heroes was the first Irish festival to sign up to Keychange and we're proud to continue this as Ireland Music Week. 

Over 140 festivals have now signed the pledge and a Keychange manifesto was launched recently in the UK Parliament.

Amongst the 140 international music festivals and conferences which have pledged to achieve a 50:50 gender balance across their line-ups by 2022 are Ireland Music Week, BBC Proms, Bestival, Canadian Music Week, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Iceland Airwaves, Midem, Kendal Calling, Reeperbahn Festival and many more.  

In 2019, Ireland Music Week will aim to achieve a 50:50 gender balance across our music showcase line-up and also also across our conference speaker line-up and invited international delegates. We will also host a panel with festival bookers who have achieved a gender balance in their line-ups.