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Thursday, April 26 • 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Keynote - Music, Activism and the #MeToo #TimesUp Moment

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THE SYSTEM MUST MAKE ROOM FOR ALL THAT WE DO: A Summit on Music, Activism and the #MeToo #TimesUp Moment

We are living in a moment of reckoning regarding gender and power. Since the explosive revelations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein abusing women were published last fall in the New York Times, women have been speaking out about their own experiences with assault, harassment and discrimination. Women from all walks of life have come forward, especially within the arts and popular culture, . At times it has seemed like popular music has lagged behind the film and television industries in this discussion; in fact, women have long fought for equality within music via grassroots activism and informal communities; in their own songs and by sharing their own life stories. Rock and roll historically marginalized and objectified women; today, the ascendant genres taking its place, from hip hop to EDM to country, often revel in their own boys’ clubs. Yet women have always found ways to make their own paths within these scenes, and to help each other thrive.
This panel gathers together women from different generations and musical home bases to talk about activism, artistic expression and finding one’s voice within the din of today’s revelations and debates.

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Megan Jasper

Megan Jasper is CEO of Sub Pop Records. She has worked at the label, off and on, for more than 25 years, making her way up to the top from the position of receptionist. Under her leadership, Sub Pop has evolved from grunge groundbreaker to an eclectic label whose sub-label, Hardly... Read More →
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Paloma McLardy aka Palmolive

Paloma McLardy, also known as Palmolive, founded the influential punk band The Slits in 1976. Born in Spain, galvanized by punk’s explosive energy, she took up the drums and crafted an iconic style that favored passion and imagination over technical prowess. The journalist Vivien... Read More →
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Madame Gandhi

Kiran, who performs as Madame Gandhi, is an electronic music artist and activist based in Los Angeles. She studied mathematics at Georgetown University and worked as the first ever data analyst at Interscope Records before going on to receive her MBA from Harvard. Having gained recognition... Read More →
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Ann Powers

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs. She is the author of Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music (2017). Powers also... Read More →
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Francisca Valenzuela

Francisca Valenzuela is an American-born Chilean poet, singer, writer, activist, fashion designer and entrepreneur. She has published two books and released three albums, and is founder of her own label, Frantastic Records. Her eclectic, adventurous music has gone gold in Chile and... Read More →
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Jackie Fuchs

Jackie Fuchs is a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney, writer and activist. Also known as Jackie Fox, she was the bassist for the pioneering all-female rock band The Runaways, from 1975 to 1977. After leaving the group she worked as a records promotion executive and music publishing... Read More →

Thursday April 26, 2018 7:15pm - 9:00pm PDT
Sky Church