Black Deer Join the PRS Foundation Keychange Initiative

PRS Keychange


Black Deer are now part of the inspiring push for equality at live music festivals…

With two female promoters at the helm of Black Deer Festival and other lead roles headed by women in the form of our female booker and female technical production manager – the path to become part of this initiative was set as soon as we begun.
In the past, live music festivals have often been subject to bad press for gender inequality, but now with an ambitious and achievable goal set out by Keychange, to reach a balance by 2022, we are seeing a distinct shift of change.
Here at Black Deer HQ we are keen to promote and encourage women in positions of influence and to foster change that will strengthen the path for future generations, in an inspirational and sustainable way. And we are extremely proud to be paving the way during our launch year.
From internally behind the scenes right through to the line-up fronting our first event – we can confirm that the 50:50 balance has already been achieved.
Co-founders Gill Tee and Debs Shilling, are honoured for Black Deer to be a Keychange Associate Festival;

“It’s a privilege to sign up and pledge Black Deer to Keychange. We are two female Promoters and a huge amount of our team are females including our Booker Bev, Production Manager Emma, to name but a few.



Good ol’ fashioned talent is vital to us and it’s up to us as Festival Promoters to ensure that talent is recognised both on and off the stage, making sure that the talent is both female and male – balance is essential in all areas of life – we will make sure it happens at our festival this year and in the years to come.”

In June, Black Deer Festival will stage Americana and country acts from around the world, armed with a remarkable female contingent, including Ward Thomas, Striking Matches, Ashley Campbell, The Webb Sisters, Sarah Darling, The Wandering Hearts, Wildwood Kin, Elles Bailey, Sonia Leigh, Jess and the Bandits, Juanita Stein,
Danni Nicholls, O&O, Tally Spear, Katy Hurt and Ilona, with more soon to be announced.
Alongside and equally proud to present, will be a plethora of talented gents on the Black Deer line-up.
Vanessa Reed, CEO, PRS Foundation comments:

“We’re delighted that Black Deer Festival is joining the growing number of festivals who’ve signed up to the Keychange pledge towards gender equality in music. I’m sure we can learn a lot from the impressive team of women who run every aspect of this festival, from
technical production to booking and being at the helm of the event.”