Chaired by Helen Sildna (Estonia), Shiftworks/Tallinn Music Week
with Alexandra Archetti Stølen (Norway), Oslo World;
Henna Salo (Finland), Music Finland;
Lena Willemark (Sweden), artist
Is there a Nordic way to deal with equality, plurality and gender balance in the music scene? And how does the fabric of our societies and policy making set up a context to gender topics in music and culture? There is rarely just one way and we should keep in mind that every step forward must be locally and culturally placed. Quality and talent, not gender or ethnicity, should be the things that matter. Equality, plurality and gender balance mean that women and men, as well as other gender and ethnic minorities and the differently-abled, have equal opportunities to shape society and their own lives. Diversity is nowadays one of the most important topics to maintain the possibilities of being competitive in the future. Action plans, surveys, regulations and awards are only one part of the solution. The urge of having a balanced industry should be the driving force of the change needed.