Open Letter to President Higgins, the BAI, Minister Martin & Irish radio.

For transparency, Why Not Her? wishes to inform its community and the general public that we have reached over 100 signatures on our UpLift Petition that were needed to contact those mentioned below who are in power within Ireland to enact serious changes that can better the situation for Irish creatives in the music industry who have significantly suffered during Covid and Covid restrictions.

On 14th Dec 2021, we issued an email – see below – with the signed petition. It is our hope that those in power will act, and support.

For the attention of President Higgins, Minister Catherine Martin- Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Irish Government officials, the BAI and Irish Radio Broadcasters: 


In this time of economic hardship for our music creatives, we, Why Not Her?, and over 100 industry professionals and people who have signed this document attached, wish to express our concerns with the disparity and lack of equality across Irish radio broadcasting during Covid of domestic Irish artists who are artists of colour, female-identifying and gender non-conforming artists. 


Radio airtime royalties, which are generated each time an artists song is played on the radio, is now one of the sole major methods of revenue for our domestic artists. 

We have attached a signed PDF with over 100 signatures, from the public and industry personnel seeking your support during this time of hardship. 


We are asking for you to assert your positions of power by interacting with the BAI and each other – and in doing so, reach a solution in terms of support for Irish domestic artists on Irish radio especially during this extremely hard time. 


Across Irish radio, music created in Ireland gets about one play to every six plays for international artists. That’s less than 15% of all radio plays. As a result, foreign payments running to millions of euros leave the country every 3 months. This is real revenue, being paid out by Irish Radio as well as commercial users like bars, restaurants etc., through the three copyright/collection bodies, IMRO, PPI and RAAP. When at this time, it can be injected back into the Irish creative sector who badly need it to survive.

To continue exporting the majority of royalties to International artists during such a harrowing time in Irish history will equate to our domestic artists suffering even more hardship.


In the last 2 years, Why Not Her? have delivered Data-driven reports outlining the gender and racial disparity that is present across Irish radio and have worked tirelessly to enact change. You can see all reports here: https://whynother.net/2020/08/01/gender-disparity-data-reports/ While we are thankful to some Irish stations who have changed and shifted towards a more gender-equal and diversified sonic landscape, we urgently need to protect and support the livelihoods of all music acts and bands from our country. 


We ask you all to sit with your respective teams/ colleagues and try to engage in this pivotal conversation to seek a solution to a huge problem of inequality on the airwaves and the lack of airplay allocated to our domestic Irish Artists. 


The team at Why Not Her? are here at your disposal to help with this. We also enclose an Action Plan for radio to learn better modes of support within DEI to learn better work practices that will benefit everyone. 


We hope you will continue to be the agents of change needed to nurture our valued musicians, bands and musical creatives during the pandemic.  


Kind regards, and thank you ever so much for taking the time and energy on this matter and look forward to hearing from you.
– 
Linda & Team Why Not Her?

Open Call To The Irish Government, The BAI & Irish Radio Broadcasters to Support Domestic Artists

This is an open call to the Irish Government, the BAI & Irish Radio Broadcasters to support domestic artists by allocating more airtime to them on the radio.

Why Not Her? ask you all to consider supporting domestic Irish artists by working towards increasing the amount of airtime allocation appointed to domestic Irish Artists and Bands on-air across Irish radio, By artists and bands we mean: artists and bands of every race, colour and creed; ie: female-identifying, male-identifying, gender non-conforming artists and artists with disability along with artists from the LGBTQIA community.

In this time of economic hardship for our music creatives, we wish to express our concerns with the disparity and lack of equality across Irish radio broadcasting during Covid of domestic Irish artists who are artists of colour, female-identifying and gender non-conforming artists.

Radio airtime royalties, which are generated each time an artists song is played on the radio, is now one of the sole major methods of revenue for our domestic artists.

To quote the website of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO): “It has been well understood that consistent commercial airplay accompanies significant music sales, generates public performance royalties, and burnishes a recording artist’s profile.”

Across Irish radio, music created in Ireland gets about one play to every six plays for international artists. That’s less than 15% of all radio plays. As a result, foreign payments running to millions of euros leave the country every 3 months. This is real revenue, being paid out by Irish Radio as well as commercial users like bars, restaurants etc., through the three copyright/collection bodies, IMRO, PPI and RAAP.

To continue exporting the majority of royalties to International artists during such a harrowing time in Irish history will equate to our domestic artists suffering even more hardship.

We ask Minister Martin, those in power within the Irish government, the BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) and those who work in Radio Broadcasting to consider allocating more airplay and heavy rotation to our domestic artists to safeguard their careers in such a financial crisis for them, with gigs being cancelled and their music and arts scene being one of the worst affected industries during covid.

Sign our Open Call To The Irish Government, The BAI & Irish Radio Broadcasters to Support Domestic Artists

Why Not Her Call On Irish Government to Lead Afghan Humanitarian Effort.

The devastating situation unfolding in Afghanistan is speedily becoming more deadly by the hour.

Thankfully evacuation flights have resumed from Kabul, but its’s civilians are fleeing with nowhere to go, trying to get out of the country on flights, some military-operated, to seek refuge in bordering countries and internationally.

Why Not Her along with many other organisations call on Irish Government to lead Afghan humanitarian effort.

There has been a Nationwide Call to Action. We echo that call.

Travellers enter Pakistan through a border crossing point in Chaman, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Picture: AP Photo/Jafar Khan

Over 400,000 people are displaced, female journalists are facing deadly threats, and as these ongoing tension rise, we can not forget about the Covid-19 pandemic and drought also affecting the country and its people.

The Taliban Islamic military group has returned to a position of power – and it is having life altering and dangerous effects on the women and young girls of Afghanistan who are presently being erased from their communities at an alarming rate, in short it is every woman’s worse nightmare.

Under Taliban rule, restrictions previously imposed on women, including not letting them work and girls not allowed to attend school, inevitably may return.

How can YOU help?

Sign up for petitions and campaigns to show solidarity

Petitions have been launched to show support, call for protection, and solidarity with Afghan women, men, and children displaced and fleeing the Taliban.

Click the below relief funds that we also support and do what you can:

As the crisis in Afghanistan escalates, women and girls are increasingly under attack. There has never been a more critical time to act. The next 48 hours are critical. Read on to learn how you can quickly support the Afghan Women and Girls.

Vital Voices

DONATE HERE: https://www.vitalvoices.org/2021/08/vital-voices-statement-on-the-women-of-afghanistan/

We are ramping up our efforts to support Afghan women and we need your help. We have expanded our Voices Against Violence Initiative and Urgent Assistance Fund to get immediate support out to women activists in Afghanistan on the frontlines of change and to ensure that survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful practices have better access to services, protection and the justice they deserve.

The next 48 hours are critical. Please join us today by giving to a special fund below and help us act quickly to support Afghan Women and Girls.

Relief for Internally Displaced Afghans

DONATE HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/f/idprelief?utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

The Women Making Waves On The Radio

Irish radio stations need to get in tune with the times and give greater airplay to more female musicians, reveals a scathing report by campaigner Linda Coogan Byrne. By Lauren Murphy

You can now read the full interview with Linda Coogan Byrne, founder of Why Not Her? in the Sunday Times by clicking this link.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-women-making-waves-on-the-radio-7glrp766p?ltclid=687c5b95-10bc-4fef-9d58-42f51687c62c

Data Reports

REPORTS:

12 Months on Gender Disparity Data Radio Report on UK Radio from Aug 2020 to Aug 2021

2021 Gender Disparity Uk Report by lindacooganb

12 Months on, Gender Disparity Data Radio Report on Irish radio from June 2020- June 2021

WHY NOT HER GDDR 2021 by lindacooganb

BEHIND THE AIRWAVES:

Women’s voices are under-represented on Irish radio.

20 YEARS OF THE IRISH SINGLES CHARTS: PUBLISHED APRIL 28TH 2021>>>>

AUG 2020 – FEB 2021- 6 MONTH FOLLOW UP REPORT TO THE GENDER DISPARITY DATA RADIO REPORT IN UK>>>>

RADIOACTIVE: 6 months on – Gender Disparity Uk Radio Report by lindacooganb

JAN 2020 – JAN 2021 – GENDER DISPARITY DATA RADIO REPORT IN NORTHERN IRELAND>>>>

Northern Ireland Gender Disparity Radio Report NI by lindacooganb

JUNE 2020 – DEC 2020 – 6 MONTH FOLLOW UP REPORT TO THE GENDER DISPARITY DATA RADIO REPORT IN IRELAND>>>>

Copy of Gender Disparity Data Report Irish Radio June 2020- Dec 2020 by lindacooganb

A LOOK INTO THE IRISH CHARTS OVER THE LAST 2 YEARS>>>>

Gender Disparity Irish Charts by lindacooganb

GENDER DISPARITY DATA RADIO REPORT FOR UK AUG 2019 – 2020 >>>

Gender Disparity Uk Report by lindacooganb

GENDER DISPARITY DATA REPORT ON IRISH RADIO JUNE 2019-2020