July 25th, 2021

What is the Arts Lead Sheet? It is a resource for finding grants, jobs, opportunities in the arts. It started as an ad-hoc e-mail list a few years. We are now bringing it back as a feature on FEMMUSIC. It is not restricted to music but encompasses all of the arts. Miss something? Look at the archives at: 




Director of Development – New Music USA


Director of Finance & Administration – New Music USA


Digital Associate – New Music USA


Volunteer Marketing Chair – Denver Startup Week – Denver, CO


E-commerce Marketing Manager – London


Streaming Analytics Coordinator – USA


Marketing Assistant – London


Music Supervisor / Producer – London


Associate Music Supervisor / Production Assistant – London


Label Assistant and Junior PM – London


Head of Curation – London


Composer Assistant – London


Publicity Assistant – Los Angeles, CA


Westword Fellowship – Denver, CO



PRS Power Up – Black Music Creators – UK



Canadian Music Week – How to Create a Memorable Vocal Performance – July 27, 2021 – 2pm EST


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October 1st, 2000

Heather Nova - Siren

Heather Nova is a blend of contrasts. Raised in the Caribbean, schooled in the U.S., and currently based in London, England, her music, too, contains a variety of flavors, from Celtic vocal stylings to percussive guitar to hard-driving folk-pop. This woman can alternately rock out or slip right into a gentle ballad. Without a doubt, she’s talented, but her albums always seem to be a bit uneven. Siren, her fourth release, is no different in that respect. It contains several brilliant tracks, some solid efforts, and a few that are a bit too precious for me to stomach.

While Nova’s soprano vocals are expressive, I’m not a fan of either over-emoting shrieks or of speak-singing unless absolutely necessary to bring across the point of a song. Unfortunately, on Siren she often wanders into bad Tori Amos territory, using glass-shattering vocal swoops again and again to convey emotion, when straightforward singing would have been just as effective.

To Nova’s credit, she paints vivid lyrical images with only a few strokes, and encompasses a wide range of subjects in her songwriting, from springtime (“Winterblue”) to abusive relationships (“I Survived”) to the joy of coming home to a lover after being away (“London Rain”). From the brooding, stormy “Blood of Me” to the tender “Paper Cup” (the line “I’m always drawn to the darkest horse” could sum up the romantic history of just about anyone) listeners are taken on a dynamic journey of sound. Themes that seem to run through Nova’s work are those of healing and renewal, and tracks like “What A Feeling” (“Life is only halfway in our hands/Years have passed while I was making plans … What a feeling/The laughter that was dead is coming”) convey this wisdom. Overall, a spirited effort from a gifted artist.

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