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Meet the XLR Collective: Beth

Name: Bethany Hamilton-Allotey

Campaign: Gender Equality

Areas of specialism: Vocalist

What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? I’ve always had a passion for music, and the Change Creators course is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness for an issue I feel strongly about in a creative way. I also really wanted to work with a group of people that weren’t afraid to be outspoken about these issues, and to talk about how we can overcome these challenges in the future.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators? I spend a lot of time going to concerts and gigs, opening my musical horizon even further. I also love going to art galleries and seeing independent films whenever I can. Bristol has such an incredible arts scene, and I really enjoy getting to know my home city in that way.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most looking forward to? I’m looking forward to our three day residential trip, as it would be really interesting to experience the music scene and how they campaign in a different country. I’m also looking forward to speaking to other charities that would be able to help us raise awareness for our cause.

Favourite song? Sara Tavares – Dam Bo

Favourite music genre? Jazz

An artist that inspires me is Krystal Warren, because she is willing to be completely authentic and original as a female artist, with the most powerful lyrics. She is herself, and it really feels that she’s creating true art within her music.

Best live performance/event (either attended or performed at / and why?) When I saw JP Cooper at the Trinity Centre, his voice blew my mind! I felt that his music really moved me, and the emotion that he can portray when he sings is stunning.

Where do you see yourself / want to see yourself at the end of the programme? I would like to get my confidence back, and to know more clearly about the direction I would like to take in the industry. Whether it be music or campaigning, it will be nice to see where the Change Creators course will lead me to.

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