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First 2019 finalists confirmed for Festival Republic’s ReBalance programme

By | Published on Tuesday 5 March 2019

Festival Republic

Live Nation’s Festival Republic has announced the first 2019 finalists for its ReBalance initiative.

The project, supported by the PRS Foundation, seeks to support up-and-coming female artists with a view to enabling a more diverse talent pipeline for the music industry, in part to help ensure that there is a diverse mix of artists coming through to populate the festival line-ups of the future.

Announcing the latest participants in the programme, ReBalance organisers cited recent BBC analysis of 2018 chart data which showed that the most popular music last year continued to be male dominated.

Just 30 female acts were credited on the Official Chart Company’s top 100 most popular songs of 2018 compared to 91 men or all-male groups. When it came to song-writing credits, only thirteen of the most popular 100 songs of last year were wholly credited to female acts. Festival Republic says that these figures show that “ReBalance is needed more than ever”.

But who are the three acts confirmed to be benefiting from free studio time, guaranteed festival slots and other industry support this year? Well, it’s Luna, Lady Sanity, and Martha Hill, all very fine addictions to the programme indeed.