SAE Glasgow Music Business lecturer launches 'The Hen House' to support Women In Music

14 Jan 2021

SAE Glasgow Music Business lecturer Tamara Schlesinger has launched a new collective called ‘The Hen House’, which aims to address gender inequalities in the music industry. 

The collaborative all-female songwriting project is funded by Creative Scotland, and led by Tamara who, alongside lecturing responsibilities at SAE, also performs as the artist MALKA. 



Multi award-winning folk singer Karine Polwart, The Delgados founding member Emma Pollock, Stina Tweeddale of all-female rock band Honeyblood, Sarah Hayes of Admiral Fallow and Scottish Album of the Year-shortlisted Carla J Easton are some of the acts involved. 

Tamara said: "I decided to launch Hen Hoose as a response to gender imbalance in the music industry. Only 14% of songwriters signed to music publishers in the UK are women and I felt that I wanted to do something to try and make a difference. Hen House is a collective of talented female songwriters who can write to briefs to pitch music to TV and film. We are not only sharing our own knowledge to inspire each other but we hope to encourage other female songwriters to achieve further success. The project is funded by Creative Scotland and as a rich and diverse line up of exceptional and award winning songwriters."

The work the collective are doing involves pitching an album’s worth of collaborative songs for TV and films that may also be released commercially. The aim is to generate further revenue for women songwriters during the challenges facing artists during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Tamara, speaking to The Herald, said: “So many artists have lost their usual revenue streams during lockdown, mainly from their live shows, but also in hidden areas such as the usual royalties that you might collect from your music being played in pubs and shops, so I started to think of how I could find new ways to generate an income. I write a lot of music which is then pitched for TV and films along with getting syncs with tracks from my records so that seemed like the right place to start.” 

It’s this kind of innovative, solutions-focused approach that makes Tamara such a great lecturer – and the creative industries need people who can problem solve and help the music industry adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19 more than ever. What better time to study Music Business, and help transform working practices in the music industry? 

Following the recent publication of the BPI ‘All About the Music 2020’ report, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards Geoff Taylor said: ““Music has a unique power to connect us all, even at a distance, to reduce feelings of isolation, and to cheer our hearts and to soothe our minds. This will be even more valuable in these troubled times.” 

We’re looking forward to keeping up to date with Tamara’s work on this project, which you can find out more about here

Learn more about studying Music Business at SAE Glasgow here.