How can we encourage inclusivity in the prog scene?

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A few months ago some of the leading women who make music and work in the progressive genre gathered at London's YouTube Space for a discussion on the changing role women have to play in progressive music – long seen, if somewhat incorrectly in a post #MeToo age, as a male-dominated genre.

Pentangle singer Jacqui McShee, Heather FindlayCellar Darling's Anna Murphy, Iamthemorning's Marjana Semkina, Magenta singer Christina Booth, music PR Sharon Chevin, who works with Marillion, Steve Hackett, Yes, Ian Anderson and more, and Catherine Jackson, the promoter of prog festival Radar, discussed their experiences in a frank and open discussion chaired by Prog's own Jo Kendall.

In this new instalment we ask if anyone has had any bad experiences as a woman using social media? How can we encourage inclusivity in the prog scene? And what do women bring to prog that men can't?

You can watch previous #SheRocks clips here:

Part Ten

Part Nine

Part Eight

Part Seven

Part Six

Part Five

Part Four

Part Three

Part Two

Part One

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.