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Added 19th September 2017 by Abigail

Featured in the following Online Exhibitions:
Suffragette City - women in Manchester music


Simply Red, Yvonne Ellis
Strawberry Recording Studios, Moonraker Studios
19th September 2017

Woman: Breaking The Rules is a project celebrating women in Manchester music. The project, which comprises 5 short films, a pop-up exhibition and several events, is part of the Heritage Lottery-funded Rebel Music programme and is led by MDMA co-founder Alison Surtees.

Through our online networks MDMArchive held a vote to determine which 5 inspiring women in Manchester music we approach to feature in our 5 short films. A whopping 718 people voted.

Yvonne Ellis won the 'technical' category for her decades of influential work as a music producer and sound engineer.

The aim of the films is to give encouragement and inspiration to other women to share their stories and artefacts on our website/archive so these vital histories are not lost.

We have now also secured a slot as part of this year's Louder Than Words festival in November - more news to follow in a couple of weeks on this subject, so stay tuned.

Finally, we have secured The Refuge for the final exhibition for this project in February 2018. The exhibition will reflect key women from the music industry and their influence. The exhibition will open with a launch featuring live DJs and a PA performance. There will be a social screening of a longer documentary we are in process of securing further funds and access for, as well as our shorts.

As the short films are produced, we will share them through our website, and social media, and keep you up to date as they are ready to go. Anyone wanting to add names to our long list of key women, feel free to email with your ideas.

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