The Music Circle, a collective within The Circle, brings together women from all walks of life, with professional experience in the music industry, who have a shared passion and commitment to address the issues faced by disempowered women and girls across the globe
The Music Circle was created by Emily Cooper along with friend and fellow Music PR expert Laura Martin in the Spring of 2011. This go-getting duo invited key women from the music industry to join forces and use their knowledge and connections to raise awareness about women’s rights and generate innovative fundraising ideas to support projects that are critical to even the odds for women in lower and middle-income countries.
What We Are Up To
Menstruation Matters to the millions of women and girls around the world that don’t have access to sanitary products or to education about their reproductive and menstrual health. The Music Circle is raising funds to support Irise International, a project that is educating girls about their menstrual and reproductive health and making sanitary products available in their communities.
What We Have Achieved
The Music Circle is responsible for the great Rumble in the Jumble, an annual fundraising jumble sale in London, which attracts huge numbers of shoppers in search of treasures donated from some of their favourite celebrities. In 2016 some lucky guests were able to buy donations from Kate Moss, Paloma Faith, Ricky Wilson and Foals. Since 2012 Rumble in the Jumble has grown from strength to strength and in 2015, the event raised £26,000. Rumble in the Jumble is organised by Gemma Cairney and members of The Music Circle and the funds it raises are donated to Oxfam projects supporting women and girls.
The Music Circle has worked on in collaboration with Oxfam on two important projects. The first was a project helping end gender-based violence in areas of conflict within the DRC. The second was Leading Lights in Myanmar, which helped women change the face of politics in their country in the run up to the general election of 2015
The Music Circle has also organised a variety of successful fundraising events. Including a favourite- A Night of a Thousand Bushes, a fundraiser inspired by Kate Bush, in support of The Circle’s projects.
In recent years, The Music Circle has turned its efforts towards the issue of sexual and reproductive health and have recently held a series of fundraisers in collaboration with Trash Like You, a record label run by one of their members. Ladies to the Front celebrated womxn performers whilst fundraising for Irise.