YWMP T-shirt Launch !

Young Women's Music Project are very excited to announce the first run of t-shirts they have available via Everpress!

These beautiful hand drawn shirts were designed by Harriet Speed from lists of inspirational role models provided by the young women of YWMP.

Visibility of role models in many industries is key to helping make change, purchase your limited edition t-shirt today to help YWMP continue the work they do!

This campaign only lasts 2 weeks so get sharing. Shipping worldwide.





YWMP Supper Club


The Young Women’s Music Project is excited to announce their first supper club hosted by Silvie. They are hoping to use this event to raise much needed funds for the continuation of the project.

Enjoy a cocktail, followed by a delicious three course meal, exclusive to the evening- an unmissable Silvie feast including a special performance by YWMP.

The Young Women's Music Project (YWMP) is an educational charity based in Oxford that run free music sessions for women aged 14-21, which provide an inclusive and supportive space for young women to make music together, learn new skills, express themselves, and grow in confidence. 

Saturday 30th September



281 Iffley Road

Oxford, Oxfordshire

Tickets are £40 per head.


The menu will be available soon!

Limited spaces, please book in advance here: 


Alcoholic & soft drinks will be available.

Reservation only - booking via Eventbrite.

Please email info@ywmp.org.uk for any other queries.

UpBeat Masterclasses

Are you a singer, DJ, producer or musician?

Do you want to improve your lyrics writing? 

Have you got some tracks you want to record with professional equipment?

Want to be empowered to explore your skills and meet new people?

Have a look below at what we have to offer, sign up for our summer sessions via info@ywmp.org.uk

Delivered by YWMP In partnership with Fusion Arts. 
Funded by Youth Music.

Upcoming performances

Since becoming Oxfordshires BBC Introducing act of the year 2016 we have been going from strength to strength. The participants of YWMP have been working really hard towards many events including:

DJing at Smash Disco alongside some amazing bands Friday 30th June at the Library Pub.

poster by Dario Utreras

poster by Dario Utreras

Cowley Road Carnival where we will be curating the Kate Garrett Stage for the 5th year running and performing with Team Drum during the procession.

Poster by Iman Mahdy

Poster by Iman Mahdy

Truck Festival on the BBC Introducing Stage Friday 21st July 6pm.

Please come along and support! 

Trustees Wanted

Young Women's Music Project have some exciting new projects on the horizon and are currently looking for new trustees, if you would like to get involved please send your CV to info@ywmp.org.uk by Friday 28th July.

Rosa Funda

YWMP has just been funded to create a training programme in 2018 that will prompt systemic change by firstly demonstrating how sexism impacts women in music and secondly by showing how the YWMP methodology can be used to dismantle barriers.

We are over the moon with this result, this means we can give opportunities to women that access our project with leadership roles within the community and also trigger some change along the way.

Thank you Rosa Fund.


"Love is Blind" by Anonymous [Trigger Warning: descriptions of domestic violence]

7 Months ago whilst running a busy pub post graduation I was introduced to 'Biff' by a mutual friend. Opening up at 7.30am on that Saturday for an early Rugby Match I had no idea how big a mistake that would be. Dripping in designer attire and sporting a very 'cockney, cheeky lad' attitude I was pretty impressed. Having recently gone through a very mutual and amicable break up I welcomed the attention and it wasn't long before I was flirting and laughing away like a good-un. I casually worked through the early shift, sporting a fuzzy head on a few hours sleep but the time flew and I grabbed a couple of hours sleep break at lunch time. I woke up to a message from said mutual friend asking if 'Biff' could have my number, of course I agreed and I went back to work. Later that evening my new love interest graced the bar with his presence, he sat and drank, made me laugh (a lot) and ultimately I was a tad smitten. The days that followed were a bit of a blur, I carried on putting in silly shifts but the difference was he was there the whole time. I was given flowers and chocolates, complimented like I'd never been before and a week or so later when a rather obnoxious and very drunk customer loudly labelled me a 'piece of shit' guess who was there to stick up for me and get rid of the rabble? Biff.

Illustration by Beth Shearsby

Illustration by Beth Shearsby

Although I do and always will class myself as a feminist I can't deny that being spoiled and looked after was appealing to me. I feel I've always been able to handle myself - ironically even more so now but the addition of someone who clearly cared made a huge difference. Work became more stressful so post shift drinking sessions were mandatory, my grotty flat above the pub slowly became his home too and before I knew it I was cooking dinners, making his pack lunch, doing washing and burning myself out trying to keep up with everything. Yet none of this mattered because ultimately I was being treated like a princess, I met his friends who he raved about me too and all the locals seemed to like him. Life was hectic but happy.

Unfortunately, sometimes the good doesn't last and it didn't take too long for his charming character to take a more sinister turn. So having booked the weekend off to go and meet his family for the first time I was excited. It was rare to have one of those so called weekends in the pub game so rather than go straight up to bed on that Friday night I spent what was meant to be an hour or so drinking with one of my favourite locals Steve. Well long story short I ended up going up to my bed at 5am. Being extra careful not to wake my caring, doting boyfriend I tiptoed through the door but instead of finding him fast asleep he paced the floor of my bedroom like a wild animal. "Where the fuck have you been" were the words that came out of his mouth, and in shock - I laughed. I genuinely thought he couldn't seriously be acting this way. I explained I'd been downstairs, I knew it was late but I'd just wanted to have a bit of banter and drink! I can't remember everything that followed but I do remember crying - rather hysterically, I remember trying to get out of the flat and I remember being held against the door with his hand around my throat. Fast forward 3 hours and I'm in his mums car on the way to their house for the weekend, playing happy families in true Oscar deserving style.

I blamed myself completely, my actions were out of order and I should think myself lucky for having such an understanding boyfriend. I was still drunk, having had a 'supervised' bath I'd packed a suitcase when all I wanted to do was run away. I vowed to sort out my behaviour and not corrupt my lovely man’s mood again. The weekend was perfect, we laughed and drank and there was no hint of a row. He convinced me this would never happen again and he told me he loved me and just worried, that was all. Of course I believed him. Why wouldn't I?

A mere week later, history repeated itself. Yet this time I hadn't gone awol downstairs, I laid in bed desperate to get some shut eye. I wasn't in the mood to be intimate due to the bickering we had started so I turned over and closed my eyes. I was branded all the names under the sun, he had expected sex and given the fact I wasn't responding to his advances he called me a slag - ironically so. I was a c**t, a fat slut and a horrible person. Again I cried, I wanted to get out. He was clever with his actions, he had grabbed me in such a way that I couldn't get up. I genuinely still can't get the phrase "you're not going anywhere" out of my head. The next day the same rapport occurred. He said sorry, told me he had never been like this before and it was me who had bought it out in him. I apologized, of course.

I spent the months that followed following the same pattern. My personality shrunk and I was completely blind to what was happening. I had my opportunity to get out when I left the pub and moved back home. But I was in love, I visited him at his flat on weekends - I was convinced that we had just spent too much time together and that if we only saw one another at weekends it would be different, special. Obviously that was another lie and it didn't take long before the same old story emerged. My self-esteem was non-existent, he begged me to move in and ashamedly I was close to giving in.

Illustration by Beth Shearsby

Illustration by Beth Shearsby

Things came to a dramatic head when a male friend messaged me one night asking if I was okay. Biff knew this boy and hated him. He had frequently accused me of cheating over the last few months and although I told him over and over I would never ever do that he was convinced. So when my phone went off that Saturday evening, he grabbed it. He grabbed my face and told me to admit it. He said if he found out the truth he'd slit my throat. He let loose on his tirade of insults and said some truly disgusting things. I don't think I've ever felt so worthless, I felt like a child who had be scolded and I knew then that this was it. How could someone who supposedly loved and adored me so much talk to me like he did?

I wasn't proud of what I did next but I knew fighting back wasn't an option and to be completely honest I was scared. I told him I loved him more than anything, I would never leave him and I would delete everyone from my phone. Soon he'd calmed down, that night I lay next to him completely ashamed. Still, I was completely under his spell. It wasn't until a month later, which happened to be my birthday when it ended. We had been out the night before and his behavior was perfect, I laughed and thought I finally had my lovely boyfriend back. Yet the next day his ugly side came back and during another argument he spat in my face. I was so completely taken aback I didn't even cry. I told him to leave, he wouldn't. The next day I acted as if everything was fine, he left to go home Sunday evening and I never saw him again. I told him it was over.

The next couple of months I got phone calls, my blocked contacts list grew and grew, I received flowers and cards begging for me to go back to him, but I didn't. It took changing my number and more months of no contact to finally be rid of him. Today I still get paranoid that he'll just 'turn up' at my work, each night I go home I'm scared of checking the post, every time I see a similar van to that of his works I feel sick. Given the fact I was quite a ballsy teenager and young adult I think many who know me will be surprised I'd even put up with that kind of relationship, especially for such an extended time but the point is these types of people are bullies. They are manipulative and as soon as you forgive the first time then it is much harder to get out. I may sound hypocritical but the only advice I can give is get out. At the first sign of an abusive relationship cut all contact and never return. It wasn't until a close friend told me that she worried he could actually kill me with one misjudged smack that I saw the severity of the situation.

Love is blind but thankfully I saw that before it was too late and I'm now in the happiest and healthiest relationship I've ever been in with someone who builds me up, makes me feel as confident as they come and ultimately someone who would protect me through and through.

Illustration by Beth Shearsby

Illustration by Beth Shearsby


To celebrate International Women's Day 2017, we are proud to present WO-MAN-ITY, an Oxfordshire based festival curated by youth empowerment charity Young Women's Music Project based this year at Pitt Rivers Museum.Through performances, workshops and debates, WO-MAN-ITY provides a forum for people of all genders and ages to come together to create, learn and discuss gender-based issues that affect our day-to-day lives. All welcome. Free but booking essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wo-man-ity-2017-tickets-31837306240

Lecture Theatre

5:30 - 6:20

The Transgender movement & Feminism - My Normal


How are the two movements similar, how can they work together and what are the underlying reasons that cause division? During this talk we shall explore these questions with the aim of furthering the goals of both movements.

6:30 - 7:20  

Oxfordshite - Oxford Girls Rights Project


How can we make Oxford a safer city? Oxford Girls Rights Project which is funded by Plan UK  will be discussing the challenges faced by young women in our city and work together with participants on exploring the solutions.

7:30 - 8

Q&A with Femme


Described as a “onewoman powerhouse'” by Radio 1's Annie Mac, FEMME is the real deal when it comes to unadulterated artistry. As composer, producer, director and choreographer, FEMME has eschewed major label interest in order to maintain her musical vision without interference. 

Seminar Room

5:30 6:20  

Know what game you’re playing: songwriting and the music industry - JuJu (Candy Says)


Juju will tell her story and talk about her approach to songwriting: how (and why) she writes, what she’s learned in 20 years of writing and how writing a hit would have been way too obvious.

6:30 - 7:20  



UnderConstruction Theatre host a discussion workshop to find out what it is like to live as a female in Britain today.

Join artists from UnderConstruction Theatre to contribute ideas relating to being a woman and work, relationships, family, dreams, obstacles, age and self-image, in a relaxed conversational environment.

7:30 - 8  



A talk about how Thelma Egbe has turned a chore into a passion with some encouraging tips and words to always remember. Thelma will also be bringing along some favourite nibbles from Thelmzkitchen.


6:30 - 7    

How Men Hate Women: The Diary of a Recovering Misogynist - John Gohari

A brief talk on one man’s personal journey to discovering his hatred of women, that of his peers and how he has since recovered.

Currently studying Human, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, John Gohari is a HipHop and Spoken Word artist, social activist and youth empowerment advocate.

Live Performances


Team Drum - An all girl drum outfit bringing group drumming skills to non drummers and drummers alike to make a powerful stand by beating out the frustrations that are faced by women today.

Orchid is the dirt of a lullaby and the softness in rage. Lost in pop and endless waters, singing with adoration for the hurt Girl-RnB voices that moved me first. 


Candy Says is a lo-fi pop project born out of the ashes of Oxford rock group Little Fish. Their first album Not Kings (2013), a polished pop album recorded in a garage with two microphones and an old laptop, explored our prejudices about fidelity in music production. GoldFlakePaint called it “Pop music for people who don’t listen to the radio.” The band then collaborated with composer Marc Canham on the score to the independent British road trip comedy Burn Burn Burn (2016), returning after a two-year break from live music to perform music from the film at a sold out show at the Ultimate Picture Palace. Now they’re back on the road playing excerpts from their upcoming collection of Brexit break-up songs.







Happy New Year !

What a year it has been! Big love and thanks to everyone for their support in 2016 and best wishes to you all for the new year.

After much reflection we would like to present to you our annual report, please click on the front page below to access the full report. 

YWMP were named BBC Introducing Oxford Act Of The Year, here is a video summarising our evening at BBC Oxford and a link to full videos of live sessions and the podcast of the show that was a huge celebration of all our achievements in 2016, enjoy! 


BBC Introducing Act Of The Year

The Young Women’s Music Project has been named as Oxford Act of the Year by BBC Introducing in Oxford. Having raised £5,000 back in April just to keep going the charity project, founded in the 1990s by the late Kate Garrett and now run by musician Zahra Tehrani, aims to “liberate and empower young people across Oxfordshire by providing an inclusive and supportive space for them to make music together, learn new skills, express themselves, and grow in confidence.” The award caps the projects most successful year so far, which included live sets at Common People and Oxjam as well as a number of gigs and exhibitions of their own. Previous winners of the award include Stornoway, Glass Animals, Esther Joy Lane and this month’s Nightshift cover star Willie J Healey.

Talking about the award, BBC Introducing in Oxford producer Liz Green said, “The Young Women’s Music Project give many amazingly talented young women the opportunity to write, record and perform music, some for the first time. They are a welcome refreshing voice on the Oxfordshire music scene, providing an encouraging and empowering environment for young women to express themselves. They’ve had a fantastic year, putting on gigs and workshops regularly and appearing at Common People Festival in South Park, Oxjam, and becoming the Artists in residence at Fusion Arts Centre. It is fantastic to see an Oxford Institution go from strength to strength and we are looking forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for us next year.” 

Source: http://nightshiftmag.co.uk/2016/dec.pdf

New Partnership Announcement !

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Women In Music Awards and Sync Awards 2016.

YWMP are official sponsors of these events, to find out more follow these links: