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Two important social causes are colliding in a night of fine entertainment at the Transit Bar next month.

“she’s on the bill” is a mighty conglomerate of female and non-binary music professionals and they are banding together for a special Canberra concert where 100 per cent of proceeds will go to the Northern Rivers Flood Relief Fund.

Artists who will represent on Friday June 3 include AYA YVES, Hope Wilkins, Lucy Sugerman, Groovy Daughter, Sam Sly and Fin Geach.

Formed by the Northern Rivers Community Foundation and Byron Community Centre in response to the March 2022 floods, the Flood Relief Fund is a grassroots community-led relief fund which supports local not-for-profit community organisations working on the ground in flood recovery across the whole Northern Rivers region. One hundred per cent of funds go to communities in need weekly, completely transparently with no admin fee taken.

she’s on the bill” is a Canberra organisation committed to an inclusive and safe music industry, bringing female and non-binary music professionals to the front. Picking a manager in residence to run a femme-centric music event, she’s on the bill supports new managers and industry-workers to shine, and artists to rise.

Current manager and Canberra songbird Lucy Sugerman said “she’s on the bill” was the brainchild of fellow Canberra musician Sophie Edwards.

“Sophie, like many of us, was frustrated with both the blatant, and not so blatant, sexism and inequality that is present in our industry. The idea behind she’s on the bill is to celebrate and prioritise our incredible women and gender-non-conforming in the music industry, creating a safe-space and providing opportunity that is representative of who makes up our society, pushing for important positive change towards a more equal and safe music industry.”

A recent local study on the contemporary Australian music industry found that “65 per cent of women surveyed who work in the music industry have experienced pressure to have sex while 85 per cent experienced other forms of sexual harassment”.

And an international study from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative examined the Billboard Hot 100 End Year charts from 2012 to 2021 and found that only 21% of artists on the chart were women, 12.7% songwriters were women and only 2.8% of producers were women.

Unfortunately, due to lockdowns and the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on venues, there hasn’t been a “she’s on the bill” event for almost a year now. The Transit gig will be a comeback with a heart.

“We’ve all had our fair share of trials the past few years, and it has been heartbreaking watching the devastation of the recent flooding and the limited Government response in Northern NSW and Queensland on top of everything the area has already gone through. I had wanted to put on something to raise funds for the incredibly pro-active community-led initiatives such as the Flood Relief Fund that have been born out of necessity as the region continues to rebuild,” said Lucy.

“We’ve got an incredibly quality line-up of a range of contemporary styles, from the dark-electro-pop of AYA YVES, to the jazz-alternative-style of local artist Sam Sly, to the more rock/alternative vibe from the wonderful Hope Wilkins. We have a female engineer, photographer, merch-team, local female visual artists involved and the brand new Transit Bar (female owned!) have jumped on board to host as our venue.

“Their team really value creating a safe space and opportunity and diversity in contemporary music as well, and have been so enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with. Overall, this gig is about positive change, community and good vibes on all fronts. I’m really excited; we’re all excited to be collaborating on something like this.


The Essentials:

she’s on the bill Northern Rivers Flood Relief Concert
Where: Transit Bar, 143 London Circuit Civic
When: Friday June 3, 7pm
Tickets are $25 and available here



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