As BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend gets underway across BBC Radio, Woman’s Hour launches their fifth Power List, opening up nominations for the most powerful women currently working in the music industry.
Woman’s Hour will reveal the top 40 women in a special programme recorded live from Maida Vale on BBC Music Day, Friday 28 September.
The aim of this year’s Power List is to celebrate the successful women around the world thriving in the music industry, in control of their creative decisions and influencing what we listen to. The list will also highlight the women behind the scenes who aren't necessarily well known outside their field and will investigate where women are struggling to be properly represented or recognised.
Tina Daheley will chair the judging panel, this year comprised of singer, songwriter and musician, Kate Nash; producer, Catherine Marks; broadcaster, producer and columnist, Jasmine Dotiwala; and classical music writer and novelist, Jessica Duchen.
Over the next few months Woman’s Hour will feature regular discussions on a variety of topics and across different sectors of the music business to explore where women are breaking through and having the biggest impact, as well as where there aren’t enough women in the industry.
Karen Dalziel, Editor of Woman’s Hour says: "The Woman’s Hour Power list presents a fantastic opportunity to highlight the work of so many talented women in the music industry. In the centenary year of women’s suffrage it seems particularly fitting to look at women’s role in one of the world’s most influential industries and we're excited to learn more about how their creativity and expertise is shaping the music scene today.”
The 2018 Power List will launch on Woman’s Hour this morning at 10am and for the first time the call to action for audiences will also run across BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 6 Music as part of The Biggest Weekend. Listeners can nominate the women they’d like to see feature on the list by tweeting @bbcwomanshour using the hashtag #WHpowerlist #WomenInMusic or at bbc.co.uk/womanshour.
The Woman’s Hour Power List launched in 2013 and featured the 100 most powerful women in the UK, covering women working in traditional power structures - politics, the law, big business - and was headed by the Queen. In 2014 the list focused on ten Game Changers with Baroness Doreen Lawrence in first place. In 2015 the theme was The Power to Influence with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon heading the list. The fourth Power List in 2016 celebrated the seven women who had made the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past seven decades, as part of the programme’s 70th anniversary celebrations, with Margaret Thatcher topping the list.
Woman’s Hour broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 at 10am, Monday-Friday and on Saturday’s at 4pm. The daily podcast can be downloaded from the BBC Radio iPlayer app.
Chair of Judges, Tina Daheley - Broadcaster, journalist and regular guest presenter on Woman’s Hour
Kate Nash - Singer, songwriter and musician
Catherine Marks - Music producer, Winner of UK Producer of the Year 2018 MPG Awards
Jasmine Dotiwala - Broadcaster, producer and columnist, Channel 4; Head Of Youth Engagement & Media at Media Trust