Music supervision outfit, RESISTER, has launched 515, a new agency for female and gender minority composers.

RESISTER will continue to operate with music supervision as its core focus with the recent portfolio taking in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, IKEA ads and 2022’s The Batman but 515 will be a composer agency launching with a roster including Adina Nelu, Charlotte Raven, Amy McKnight, Esther Joy Lane, Akiko Haruna and Adele Etheridge Woodson.

RESISTER founders Hollie Hutton and Hannah Charman said:“We discovered, over the course of our careers, that the same handful of people were winning most of the work and that not enough gender minority composers were even being pitched on projects. We wanted to open more doors for the underrepresented sectors of the composition talent pool that’s out there, and create a platform to enable them to get a seat at the table.”

“We’ve frequently been asked to scout them for film and TV projects, and would continue to support them throughout the process, acting as agents,” says Head of 515, Emily Richardson. “So we ended up thinking, ‘why don’t we make this official?’

“I really do think that in 10 years time, the industry will look very different and I strongly believe that this starts at grassroots level. We need to be creating pipeline opportunities and encouraging people to take them. Those who are already here should be actively making the industry more inclusive, unlearning systemic biases, having equal representation at senior and board levels, and always having diversity front of mind.”

Jon Creamer

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