#IMIWD: The Women in Music You Need to Know

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women, but also the power of womanhood. The music industry has plenty of successful and influential women, but what about those who don’t get the credit they deserve? Here we focus on those women who deserve more credit, whether they create the music or promote it.

Bree Runway (Artist/Songwriter)


This singer/songwriter has been making waves in many genres including pop, hip-hop, and hyperpop. Her unique artistry has resulted in a BET award and a BRIT award nomination, having collaborated with Missy Elliot and Rina Sawayama amongst others. She has also criticised the racism in the music industry, and how she is categorised as R’n’B, instead of the pop she makes due to being a black woman. She is currently supporting Lizzo on tour, so maybe 2023 is the year she gets your attention.

SHERELLE (Producer/DJ/Label Boss)


SHERELLE is one of several female producers who are making a name for themselves in the rave scene. Her set on the Boiler Room platform is already iconic and brought her to the attention of many in that genre. She’s also the boss of the Hooversound and BEAUTIFUL record labels, providing a home for Black and LGBTQI+ musicians. Off the back of a MOBO award nomination last year, SHERELLE is set to only get further recognition this year.

Sarah McBriar (Creative Director/Live Events)


Sarah McBriar is the founder of AVA and Up Productions. Her role sees her set up festivals and conferences in Belfast and London. She got her first taste of this by doing guest lists and flyering while at university. AVA’s recent festival at Printworks gave people opportunities to learn about working in the live industry. Through her work, Sarah is providing not only great nights out, but an insight into running these events for the next generation.

Debbie Gayle (Co-Founder/Director/Events Manager)

Debbie Gayle

As the co-founder of LiveSource, Debbie Gayle is involved in the management of touring and production. This involves overseeing all aspects and logistics of a live show. The companies roster includes J Hus and Miraa May. The company has also worked with Live Nation in managing events for the likes of Doja Cat. Whether a worldwide tour or a one-off event, Debbie Gayle is the person to come to for managing shows.


Check out some more of our other content celebrating women in the industry here.

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