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Jaguar leads initiative to tackle gender imbalance in electronic music

BBC Radio 1 DJ Jaguar leads the charge to introduce 1000 female, trans and non-binary students into electronic music by 2022.

Jaguar has joined forces with educational organisation FutureDJs, to launch an exciting new initiative for the UK music talent of tomorrow.

The aim is to encourage more women, trans and non-binary, to pursue careers in music. The topic of gender imbalance in the music industry has been widely discussed and further highlighted by the recent ‘UK Music Diversity Survey’, which noted women make up only 16% of all artists in the music industry.  

The initiative will equip under-18s with the skills required to launch their own music careers. Future1000 will redress the balance by approaching the problem at the grassroots level, by providing 1,000 girls and gender minorities with access to training, tools, and invaluable industry mentorship, equipping them with all the ingredients required to establish a career in music.

The course is online and divided into twelve parts, taking place during the summer and will cover several different music career options, including DJing, music production, radio presenting and management.

Her own experiences inspired jaguar as a female POC DJ, she said:

“Our hope for equality lies in the next generation, and that’s why Future1000 will help improve gender diversity and representation at the very start of young people’s journeys into music, at a time when access to opportunities and inclusivity is most critical. My own experience of coming up in the industry and often being the only girl in the room has motivated me to make a change for others from similar backgrounds, and I hope that Future1000 helps to show young girls, trans and non-binary people, what they’re capable of.”

The Future1000 initiative takes place from May to December 2021 and is now open for application.

Successful applicants will receive exclusive access to educational tools, a long-term loan of the Pioneer DJ DDJ-200 controller and a license for Soundtrack, online music production software worth £125.

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