Pass the Mic was a female led music event that launched Free Radical’s Festival of Audacity on Thursday 27th September 2018 to celebrate 100 years since women in the UK were granted the right to vote.
Pass the Mic ran in support of BBC Music Day 2018 forming part of their celebration of women in music and is linked to activity in communities across the UK. Pass the Mic took place on a West Midland Metro tram with a different female artist or musician between every stop. The event and subsequent interview with artists involved received coverage on BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire Programme encouraging debate around supporting female musicians in Industry.
OPUS provided Fundraising, Event Planning and Management, Supporting Artistic Call Out and Programming and Stakeholder Engagement.
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This event was generously supported by Arts Council England.
Working with OPUS on Pass the Mic was an absolute delight. As part of our Festival of Audacity programme, this event screamed audacity and allowed us to begin the festival's programme of work on a high with great publicity and exposure. Their knowledge and understanding of working in public spaces meant that we were able to produce a music event on a moving tram seamlessly, professionally and with great success. The tram passengers are unlikely to have known our work previously so we were engaging new audiences in our work and showcasing amazing female talent right in the heart of our local area. I was particularly impressed by Caroline's stakeholder management as she communicated clearly, regularly and thoroughly to keep everyone happy - key when working in unusual spaces. This project has also allowed us to establish new and meaningful partnerships with Asian Network, BBC Music Day and TfWM. We would definitely work with OPUS again!