​​​​​Sounding The Feminists
working for equality, fairness, and diversity in Irish musical life



Sounding the Feminists recognises that contemporary attitudes, policies, and practices towards music and gender are often built on institutions and traditions that resist change. In solidarity with ground-breaking sister movements such as Waking the Feminists, the STF Working Group was established in 2017. We aim to take positive action to improve the representation of women across the Irish music sector and communities. We seek to do so by working with partner groups on the following priority areas:


  • To address gender balance and intersectional feminism issues across music sections
  • To create new systems to promote gender fairness across promoters, venues, funders, educators, curators, and musicians
  • To build a community where issues of gender can be discussed
  • To organise and audit areas of the Irish music sector in relation to gender balance
  • To liaise with educational organisations and institutions throughout the country
  • To liaise with other international groups such as Fair Play and female:pressure
  • To encourage younger generations of musicians to become involved in discussions