Q Review Launches OUT LOUD Radio Show
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — Q Review LGBTQ Music Project (Q Review) founder Kenney Fitzpatrick is working with local Halifax, Nova Scotia community station CIOE 97.5 FM to present a new weekly radio show dedicated to presenting the music from LGBTQ artists titled OUT LOUD.
Fitzpatrick says "It's surprising just how many members of the LGBTQ community have never heard country, rap, hip hop etc. from LGBTQ artists. No genre is off the table. This is a moment in time when we as music lovers have a responsibility to step up and ensure representation across all demographics and to champion the voices of our less visibile corners of music. That includes our QPOC, Trans and gender non-conforming community members."
Each week Out Loud will bring listeners the latest and best music from the LGBTQ music community. Although concentrated on Canadian artists, each week Out Loud will also be diving into the global releases to highlight what's happening in LGBTQ music around the world. The show will have guest artists, new releases, genre spotlights and more!
"We'll also be looking at the challenges artists are facing in an ever changing music industry and specific issues affecting music artists from the LGBTQ community. Plus we'll be looking for new artists and listeners can suggest artists to play and have on the show!”
OUT LOUD broadcasts every Thursday at 10pm AST/9pm EST on CIOE 97.5 FM or streaming online at communityradio.ca
Q Review LGBTQ Music Project launches My Music Story
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — The Q Review LGBTQ Music Project (Q Review) has launched My Music Story, a campaign to raise awareness of the global LGBTQ music community.
“For many of us in the LGBTQ community, music is the thing that helped us through the worst of times,” says Kenney Fitzpatrick, Q Review Founder. “It gave us relief, an escape and a space where everything ‘different’ about us was accepted and celebrated.”
My Music Story uses a variety of mediums to share the personal stories and experiences of contributing artists from around the world. Artists Bronze Avery, J. Gregry, Zee Machine, Katie Tich and Travie Austin have already shared their stories, with more launching every day.
The campaign highlights the importance of visibility and representation of queer artists in the music industry. Fitzpatrick notes this is "of particular importance for LGBTQ youth in rural environments who may not know where to look to see or hear their authentic selves represented in music.”
“I started writing songs to cope with the powerful emotions that came with growing up as a closeted queer teen,” says Katie Tich in her #MyMusicStory. “Channeling my inner turmoil into artistry helped me learn how to use healthy emotional outlets.”
You can read the rest of Katie’s story and follow the campaign online using the hashtag #MyMusicStory
Learn more at qreview.ca/mymusicstory
The Q Review is launching a membership program to support the artists and music of the LGBTQ community. The program provides members with dedicated opportunities, services and vetted resources that can assist them with outreach, visibility and promotion.
The program will launch in September 2020 with limited spots available.
“For artists, membership means access to unique experiences and resources that can move their art and brand forward,” says Kenney Fitzpatrick, Founder of the Q Review and Host of the OUT LOUD! Queer Music Podcast.
“For the organizations, services and companies that sign on to support these artists, membership brings opportunities to connect with an under-serviced, world-wide audience.”
In addition to creating a community of support, membership will allow the Q Review to continue to support LGBTQ artists with current programming and initiatives while also identifying and developing areas for future growth.
“To ensure we can effectively serve our members, we’ll be opening a limited number of spots at first,” says Fitzpatrick. “More memberships will be added as the program grows out.”
Full details of membership benefits will be shared soon at qreview.ca.
The QReview LGBTQ Music Project (the QReview) is an organization working to grow and foster awareness of the 2SLGBTQIA+ music community. We are not a news outlet. Our mission is to support queer artists by advocating for stronger, more accurate representation within the music industry as well as on music channels and other media outlets.
Founder, QReview Music Project