International Women’s Day – celebrating amazing women in music Part 3

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”

Lady GaGa

We’ve had an tremendous week at Music Works revisiting our back catalogue and listening to the inspiring women we’ve interviewed over the last six months. Today we celebrate four more of these women who have contributed to six tremendous episodes.

First up is soprano and writer, Julia Kogan who has joined us for three episodes now.

The first memorable occasion was a two-hander in which Julia first posed the question: “Is there a true meritocracy for artists?” before looking at possible solutions that would improve the classical music experience for performers and audiences alike. See Music Works Episodes 15A and 15B.

Then, earlier this year, Julia shared her gripping account of her fight for recognition as joint author of the screenplay “Florence Foster Jenkins”.

As well as musicians who are oustanding performers and educators in their fields, we also talk to people who work in other aspects of the music business and our final three women all bring something to the table from their own sphere of work.

In one of our very opening episodes, top business coach Jessica Fearnley talked to us about how musicians can build a business mindset and still be their authentic selves.

Anna Ouspenskaya of Virtual Concert Halls described the incredible journey that led her and her team to launch the global online music competition Sound Espressivo.

Finally, we were delighted to welcome online business phenomenon, entrepreneur, and mum, Annie Ridout of The Robora who talked her own journey as a musician and about the loneliness of the freelance life, especially for new parents.

It’s been so inspiring sharing Music Works’s International Women’s Day Hall of Fame this week. We hope these extraordinary women inspire you too.

Together we are a sisterhood that lifts each other up to help us realise our best, truest, strongest selves, not just for International Women’s Day, but every day.

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