BPI and Official Charts Company are delighted to partner once again to host ‘Let’s Talk About Music’ – the online event where music personalities discuss their passion for music and the role it plays in their lives.
The special guest for this second edition of the event will be Amy Lamé – Night Czar to the London Mayor and Assembly, and a long-standing champion of LGBT+ rights and engagement, not least as co-founder of the Olivier Award-winning arts company and club night, Duckie.
The event will take place on 30th June at 5pm to help mark what would have been Pride 2020, which was cancelled in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown. It is free for all to attend, with sign up here.
Amy is, of course, also well known as a presenter on BBC Radio 6 Music, and Let’s Talk About Music will draw on her passion for music and on her extensive music knowledge. Interviewed by Rob Copsey, editor of consumer-facing website OfficialCharts.com, Amy will be invited to discuss her journey of music discovery from her early years to the present; to share her thoughts on LGBT+ culture and the role music plays in this.
She will also be asked about the artists who, in pushing the cultural and social boundaries, have inspired the LGBT+ community to find its voice and give shape to its identity. The hour-long session will end with a Q&A, where the ‘digital floor’ will be thrown open to the audience for questions.
The BPI has already adapted to host online seminars exploring the business side of the music industry. However, this new event in partnership with the Official Charts Company has been born out of a desire to lift our community’s spirits in these difficult times by talking about the one love that unites us all: music itself.
The inaugural Let’s talk About Music on 6th May featured acclaimed music critic Pete Paphides, who gave a reading from and discussed his new memoir Broken Greek, and spoke of his love for all things music.
About Amy Lamé
Amy has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award-winning arts company and club night, Duckie, and co-founded RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010/11 and spent her year highlighting the history
and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio. She broadcasted for a decade on BBC Radio London, and now hosts Sunday afternoons on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – one of the first LGBT+ history books for children – was published by Hachette in June 2017. In 2018, Amy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of East London (UEL) and appointed Honorary Professor at University College London (UCL). Originally from New Jersey, Amy has been a proud Londoner for more than 25 years. She has served as London’s first Night Czar since 2016.
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