The We've Only Just Begun is an annual music festival that was founded a few years ago.
The Dublin festival shines a light on up-and-coming female and non-binary musicians and gives them a chance to ply their wares in front of the public at the legendary music venue Whelan's.
Unfortunately, this year's festival isn't going ahead for obvious reasons - but instead, they're continuing to support the scene by launching the We've Only Just Begun directory.
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📢 We are incredibly proud to present... 𝗪𝗘'𝗩𝗘 𝗢𝗡𝗟𝗬 𝗝𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗘𝗚𝗨𝗡 𝗗𝗜𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗬 A free online Directory of all female and non-binary musicians, bands and DJs in Ireland. 🇮🇪 Since our deadly little festival couldn't go ahead this year, we wanted to work on something that would still continue to promote women in music, just like our festival. ✊ 📒 With over 600 profiles currently listed, it’s a completely free resource and an ideal tool if you’re looking to discover new artists as a music fan, a booker, a producer, record label or even artists looking for session musicians or new band members. 🎤🎸 CHECK IT OUT: link in bio #WOJBDirectory #HowYouFindUs 📽️: @ciaranobrienphoto 🎵: @lydfordy
The directory is the most comprehensive and up-to-date site of all female and non-binary artists who are either Irish or based in Ireland - both signed and unsigned, plus those attached to current projects and available session musicians.
With the music industry struggling right now, it's a handy way to promote artists and give bookers, promoters, agents, radio programmers, labels and managers a direct contact with profiled artists for professional opportunities.
Festival founder Shauna Watson said: "This year particularly, we've really noticed such fantastic support for women in the music industry. We've seen this evidenced in line ups like Songs From An Empty Room and in the support industry wide for the Irish Women In Harmony charity single.
"Nothing makes us happier than to see this change and this backing, from all members of our community - irrespective of gender. We strive to continue to be a part of this move towards a more equal industry, through the promotion and showcasing of the incredible talent Irish artists have to offer.”
You can find the directory here - and if you're a female or non-binary musician who would like to be included, you can apply by filling out the form on the site.