Galang is a record label and platform aiming to represent women from BAME backgrounds.
Our Story So Far..
After studying music together, Muna Ileiwat and Niomí O'Rourke felt disappointed by the lack of representation of BAME students and teachers. On entering the music industry and finding a similar lack of diversity they decided to found Galang to create a comfortable space for women on colour to perform and release their music. They released their first single in April 2018 and have since released 4 more singles which have received over 200k streams on Spotify, airplay on Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing plus received press attention from Indie Shuffle, Dazed and Dummy Magazine.
Why is this project important?..The statistics for women from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups creating and playing music aren't great..
When the researchers looked at who produced the top Billboard 100 songs over the past three years, they discovered that women represented a mere 2% of producers in the 300 songs analyzed. In 2017, 4% of producers behind the top 100 were women. And only two of the 659 producers included in the study were women from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group.
6% of commissioned composers are Black or Minority Ethnic (BAME), compared to 14% amongst the UK population (BASCA - 2016)
The PRS for Music membership (writers and music creators) is currently only 16% women (unknown percentage of BAME women)
In its 18-year history the Mercury Prize has been awarded to only Three BAME women.
Educating and encouraging girls from these groups to be confident in their skills is an important steps to start altering these numbers.
Next January we have organised a 4 week keyboard workshop for girls under 16 to learn some fundamental music skills. We hope this will encourage more girls from BAME to feel confident participating in musical activities and hopefully go on to take their practice further.
Niomí will be teaching and has been working as a piano and keyboard teacher in London for the past 5 years. She holds an ABRSM grade 8 certificate in Piano and has lot of experience teaching individuals and groups with Soundsteps Music school and the SE22 Piano School.
How can you help?...
We have found our space and our girls but in order to teach a group workshop we need the instruments! Ideally we would like to teach a small group of 6 girls and 6 Yamaha Keyboards will cost £816.
By buying a ticket to our concert you can help us get to our goal! If you can't make it on the day support us by purchasing a Galang T-shirt sporting our beautiful logo illustrated by artist Andie James.
Anything you can donate towards this cost would be an immense help for us and the girls we want to educate! If you cannot afford to donate anything a share or a mention to anyone you know who might be interested in helping would be amazing!