New Bristol based collective SisterWorks have launched a Crowdfunder appeal to help raise the funds needed to host a day of female-led workshops centred around the creative arts, including music, art and dance, to be held across dBS Music studios this January.

Run by an all-star team of 40+ women who have already made a name for themselves in the creative industries, the idea was hatched by Dutty Girl’s Louisa Jones (aka Diss Miss) and brought to life with the help of an inspirational group of women who have banded together to utilise their collective skills, creativity and platforms to bring the event to Bristol.

It’s already shaping up to be a truly enlightening day, with guest speakers so far confirmed including the inspirational and talented Eva Lazarus, Hannah Williams (& The Affirmations) and Bristol’s first lady of reggae and Bristol Hi-Fi member Queen Bee

It’s already shaping up to be a truly enlightening day, with guest speakers so far confirmed including the inspirational and talented Eva Lazarus, Hannah Williams (& The Affirmations) and Bristol’s first lady of reggae and Bristol Hi-Fi member Queen Bee.

So, for those of you that only dream about delivering a knock-out DJ set, or writing an absolute banger, or designing jaw-dropping graffiti art due to a lack of knowledge, tools or confidence, this is an opportunity to start taking steps towards making that a reality. Whether you consider yourself uninitiated or have already obtained basic skills and knowledge, SisterWorks sessions will aim to cater for everyone.

Whether you consider yourself uninitiated or have already obtained basic skills and knowledge, SisterWorks sessions will aim to cater for everyone

This is a day for women by women, with female empowerment at the top of their agenda. Women in the British Music industry account for only 30% of senior executive roles, despite making up more than half the entry-level positions. Only 16% members of the PRS Foundation are women, and despite women making up more than half of the workforce aged 25 to 34, only 33% are aged between 45 and 64. The day aims to champion women already in the industry, as well as demystifying the process of becoming part of it, because it is woefully clear that women are currently the minority.

Women in the British Music industry account for only 30% of senior executive roles, despite making up more than half the entry-level positions

However, despite all members donating their time for free, there are still costs such as promotion, insurance, programmes, etc. to contend with, so SisterWorks will need to raise £5000 to get the event off the ground.

With less than two months until the event date, SisterWorks need all the help they can get. Simply pledging £20 to secure your ticket could help them reach their £5000 target. You can also donate to a ‘sister in need’, where a £20 pledge will cover the cost of a ticket for someone who would love to attend, but can’t due to financial circumstances.

Simply pledging £20 to secure your ticket could help them reach their £5000 target

SisterWorks has also collaborated with a number of influential Bristol-based brands such as Love Saves the Day, Motion, Alfresco Disco and Burger Theory, offering pledge rewards such as a year’s guestlist at Bristol Dub Club for £20. A pledge around the £30 mark will get you a Jasmine Hortop print, a six-week vogue dance course, or a meal for two at Burger Theory. Those with more cash to splash on a good cause can choose a Love Saves the Day Bumper Pack (£80), two tickets to Elrow’s sold-out NYE party at Motion (£100), or the top reward of £250 will secure you a private gig with Dutty Girl…tempting.

the top reward of £250 will secure you a private gig with Dutty Girl…tempting

To help get fundraising efforts off to a healthy start, SisterWorks are hosting a launch party at Crofters Rights this Friday night, with some of the brilliant DJs from the SisterWorks team going back to back, playing music across the spectrum.

Dutty Girl b2b Ngaio, Beth b2b Little, Kiia b2b Ellie Rhino Stokes and FRAU DJs b2b Bang will be spinning tunes from 11pm-3am. Get involved with tickets just £4 on the door.

With key players still yet to be announced, follow SisterWorks on Facebook to stay in the loop, or visit their Crowdfunder page over on crowdfunder.co.uk/sisterworks.

17 November – SisterWorks launch party, Crofters Rights
Facebook event // £4 otd

13 January – SisterWorks: Music & Creative Workshops for Women, dBs Music Studios
Facebook event // crowdfunder.co.uk/sisterworks

Words by Georgie Partington
Photo by Lukasz Kaminski

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