Queer Music Agency launches in Denmark
Denmark has gained a new agency that will exclusively represent queer artists.
Queer Music Agency will provide non-heterosexual talent with better opportunities to breakthrough in the music industry, according to founder Frederik Diness Ove.
“Unfortunately, there are far too many minorities who feel oppressed in the music industry. This industry is very much dominated by cis-gendered white straight men and therefore we try to rally so we can hopefully stand stronger,” says Diness Ove.
“I would not have [launched Queer Music Agency] if there was no problem with the lack of diversity and oppression of minorities. I hope that in five years’ time it will no longer be necessary, and then I am more than ready to change the profile of our company.”
The agency will offer a number of services to its artists – acting as a record label, management, booking agent and promoter.
“Unfortunately, there are far too many minorities who feel oppressed in the music industry”
Queer Music Agency has already announced its first event at Rust (cap. 670) in Copenhagen on 18 December.
The event, dubbed Queer Concerts, will showcase several of the artists on the roster including singer Sander Sanchez.
Sanchez has previously participated in the Danish Melodi Grand Prix (Denmark’s selection for the Eurovision Song Contest), performed during prestigious festival Aarhus Festuge and closed the ceremony for this year’s WorldPride event in Copenhagen.
Currently, the Queer Music Agency roster also includes 21-year-old queer activist and emerging DJ Nova, artist and producer Taralillah and 23-year-old Irish/danish rising star Ella Costello.
Diness Ove says there are plans to represent 20–25 queer artists by this time next year.
The ILGA-Europe ranks Denmark as the ninth-best country on the continent for LGBTI people, based on how the nation’s laws and policies impact the lives of queer folk.
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