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Byline: Hannah Lee Tungate

In celebration of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, and with March being Women’s History Month, we decided to reach out to the many women who work at Musica Viva and ask them a few questions. We wanted to know who they are, what their background is, what they do outside of MVA, what challenges they see facing women in the arts sector, and what advice they would give to anyone aspiring to work in the arts.

We had an amazing response, and you can see a wealth of incredible insights into the Musica Viva world and beyond. Over 80% of the staff at Musica Viva identify as women and we think that is worth celebrating.

All Responses edited for clarity.

Fiona Campbell – WA State Manager

My Role: One of the most important aspects of my role is engaging with key stakeholders and maintaining excellent relationships with all our donors and corporates partners, as well as searching out new sponsors.

Background: I've been involved in the Arts and Culture Industries for over 25 years as a professional classical singer, producer, presenter and Artistic Director.

Challenges for women in the arts: Being in the arts is an extremely challenging industry to be involved in, full stop. Fortunately, it's also one of the most rewarding - that's why so many of us are here. Inequality in pay and under-representation in CEO and upper management positions is still an issue, but on the other hand, it is quite possibly a more equitable industry to be in than many others.

Advice: Be bold, put yourself forward! Women are so capable but often underestimate their own abilities. Be prepared to work hard, learn about the business, and talk to people within and outside of our sector to get a fully rounded understanding of what is important to artists, administrators, and key stakeholders.

Outside of MVA: Bushwalking, swimming in the ocean, reading, enjoying the great outdoors, eating fabulous food, and spending quality time with family and friends. I am still a professional singer and Artistic Director of the Government House Foundation "Music on the Terrace" series.