Paving the Road to Parity in the Country/Roots Genre

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The timing is right for each genre within the music industry to examine its own history, practices and current barriers to success for women, both on stage and behind the scenes. Since the recent release of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study, media has reported widely on this disparity and the momentum continues to build.  The study’s goal is to “create a national conversation around inclusion in music which 'can lead’ to systemic and demonstrable change.”  The question remains — what is the road map for females in the country/roots genre to receive industry support for management positions, broader radio airplay, venue and festival bookings, consideration from labels, and the list goes on.  Don’t miss this interactive, engaging and inspiring panel with experienced industry panelists as we delve into this topic  - from the past to the present - for the future of country/roots.  


SPEAKERS: (left to right)


KAREN RAPPAPORT MCHUGH (moderator) - Co-Founder,  Rebelle Road 




HOLLY GLEASON - Author, WOMEN WALK THE LINE, journalist/songwriter/producer 


SALLY JAYE - Artist, Partner in Cafe Rooster Records 


SHILAH MORROW - Founder/President, 14 Inch Fringe Creative Artist Management/Creative Services Network


PENNY JO PULLUS - Artist, Founder of TexChromosome 

Showcasing “California Country” artists while supporting the growing network of Americana performers from around the country.

Creating parity and equity for female artists among the performers in every aspect of our programming, including honoring “rebelle” women who’ve paved the way.

Expressing Western culture, heritage and shared experiences of performers along the highways and byways of America through music, storytelling, and other mediums.

Honoring the rich tradition of roots music that was created by Hollywood’s singing cowboys, deepened  by the Bakersfield and Laurel Canyon sound, and expanded by today’s artists who are blazing new trails on the West Coast and beyond.

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