Calling all talented women aged 16-30…

A British singer songwriter – Grammy-nominated for her work on Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’, notably for ‘Freedom’ featuring Kendrick Lamar  – is holding an event next month to help other young female songwriters break into the industry.

Carla Marie Williams – who’s also worked with Britney Spears, Sean Paul and Craig David – is founder of Girls I rate, a female-led organisation linked with artists like Ray Blk, Lily Allen and Ms Banks, working to empower women.

Recent research carried out by the PRS Foundation (PRS) found that just 16% of the UK's composers and songwriters identify as women; Carla’s weekend-long event, taking place in London on 10th and 11th November, hopes to address this.

“I want to give girls across the world as many opportunities as possible that I didn’t have growing up,” she said. “I want to encourage more women to pursue their dreams and help increase the imbalance of female songwriters and producers at PRS.”

The two-day Girls I Rate Arts Academy Songwriting Weekender – open to female songwriters aged between 16-30 –  will also be joined by songwriters Tanya Lacey and Simon Smith, who’ve worked with the likes of Rihanna, Emelie Sande,, Paloma Faith, and jungle / drum ‘n’ bass pioneer Shy FX.

The 15 successful programme applicants will be equipped with the fundamental practices, techniques and skills required to work as songwriters, and the weekender will be rounded off with a mixer hosted by Rinse FM and 1Xtra's Nadia Jae – a chance for the girls to network and have their songs played to A&Rs, publishers, managers and other industry representatives.

Apply for the weekend event via the Girls I Rate website.

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