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When Concannon invites questions or comments from the floor Bottone raises the question of access to music. "Access to music creation and performance can be very different if you're born a guy or a girl. There is no reason why access to music should be different, based on your gender and we need to change that."

A number of ideas for positive action/practises are shared. Bottone argues for unconscious bias training in music schools and colleges, presenting similar gender-focused talks at regular festivals, and holding women-in-music networking events for women musicians. Dorgan urges female musicians struggling to get gigs to promote their own gigs, set up their own festivals and self-organize. Cranitch stresses the need for those in positions of power—organisations, programmers and media to present female musicians without making a fuss about it. "Program it until it's normal," she says, "and there are no more questions asked."

Photos: Courtesy of Moira O'Reily

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