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She Shore Live – Open Call Competition for Women In Music


Ropetackle has a great reputation for hosting big names on our small stage, and in 2020 we want to use that platform to launch the careers of more new artists than ever before. 

We love live music, and She Shore Live is our brand new project to shine a light on some of the region’s fantastic female performers creating original material. Have you got what it takes to wow an audience live from the Ropetackle stage? 

If you are an unsigned female artist or member of a female-led band (majority female musicians), who lives within 20 miles of Ropetackle Arts Centre, we want to hear from you.

Just complete the online application form including a link to an original piece of music. Our panel of four judges (see below) will listen to your music, and select three finalists to perform a live set on stage at Ropetackle Arts Centre on the night of Friday 31st January from 8pm. 

Finalists will be given full technical support at the show (no need to bring your own PA); time for a professional sound check and access to a shared dressing room. The audience on the night will be able to help our judging panel choose the winning artists.


Winners will be programmed as paid support at a Ropetackle show for a bigger name touring artist later in the year. 

All ticket income for She Shore Live will go towards programming female artists at Ropetackle.

Closing date for entries 13 January 2020. 

Due to the higher than expected number of entries for our judges to listen to, finalists will now be announced on 20 January 2020.

Live performances Friday 31st January from 8pm  

This will be a standing event with limited unreserved seating

The Judges:

Maria Reeves

Maria has been manager at Ropetackle for the last 12 months and is also chair of MGSO4 Arts in Surrey and co-founder of a new arts venue The Horton in Epsom. She says:  “We really want Ropetackle to be a platform for new talent in the region – and She Shore is a great way to shine a light on female artists who deserve to be heard. We urge unsigned bands and solo artists to enter – it could be you performing live on stage on 31 January.”

Ruby Rose

South Coast Soul Revue’s lead female singer Ruby Rose has been immersed in the world of music since her early years, playing various instruments and of course, singing. Her vocals originated in Jazz and luckily for the band, she branched out into Soul and Funk.

In 2013 Ruby co-created her pride and joy, “Frank Greene Band” with her counterpart Danny Vice. Their spicy sweet collaboration has brought fresh original tracks packed with infectious melodies, inescapable hooks and luscious harmonies to the UK neo soul scene. Known as “The Pocket Rocket”,  Ruby has a well-proven record of lighting up the stage whenever she performs.

Ruby says “I am so overjoyed to be part of She Shore Live. The Ropetackle Team work tirelessly to support local artists (I should know, as thanks to them I have had the fabulous opportunity to support timeless legends like; “The Blockheads” and “PP Arnold”.) I implore all female artists to get involved as this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your talent on one of the best, and definitely most valued, venues in Sussex! The main thing I will be looking for is an engaging performance and to feel a connection with you and your music whatever your genre may be.”

Anne Hodgson 

Anne co-founded Ropetackle Arts Centre 12 years ago and has been Artistic Director for most of that time. She has championed many new artists across all music genres and given a platform to dozens of local bands and groups. Anne will be looking for raw talent, professionalism and originality.

Laura Ward

Local folk singer and flautist Laura began performing with her band Laura Ward and the Risen Road in 2009 before branching out with her musician husband Adam Ronchetti as duo Hickory Signals some five years later in order to pursue her passion for reimagining songs from the folk tradition.  Since then Laura and Adam joined forces with alt-folk musician Jinnwoo and multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor to found folk group Bird in the Belly. Over the last two years, both acts have released albums to critical acclaim, with Hickory Signals’ debut being named The Guardian‘s Folk Album of the Month and The Sunday Express naming Bird in the Belly’s debut as their Folk Album of the Year. “The vocals of Laura Ward have a crystal purity” says RnR Magazine.

Laura says: “I am delighted to be on the panel for the inaugural She Shore Live competition. It is absolutely vital that female artists writing and performing original material are recognised and celebrated. Ropetackle has been such an important part of my own musical career and to perform on its stage is a real gift.

“With this initiative, Ropetackle is taking an active role in addressing ongoing issues around inequality of opportunity for women in the music industry and I am proud to be part of it.”

Terms and conditions:

At least one female artist must live within 20 miles of Ropetackle Arts Centre.

Entrants must be able to perform a set featuring a minimum of three original pieces of music.

Music can be of any genre.

Entrants cannot be signed to a label.

Entrants must not have previously performed at Ropetackle – unless they were performing with a different band.

The closing date for entries is Monday 13 January 2020 at 11.59pm.

Finalists will be notified on Monday 20 January 2020.

Finalist must be available to perform a 30 minute set on Friday 31 January 2020 at Ropetackle Arts Centre.

Finalists must agree to participate in She Shore publicity, as well as being filmed and photographed at the live event.

Finalists under 16 will need the consent of a parent or carer, and be accompanied by a parent, carer or chaperone.

The prize is a paid support spot (£150) for a programmed artist at Ropetackle, later in 2020. The artist and date will be decided by Ropetackle Arts Centre. The prize cannot be exchanged for anything else.

The decision of the Judges shall be final and unchallengeable and in their absolute discretion they may declare void any entry/ vote or the competition itself should they consider that there are no entries reaching a required standard, whereupon they can award prizes or not as they think fit.