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>> FREDERICKSBURG MUSICIANS TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WOMEN IN LOCAL MUSIC A PLACE FOR GIRLS TO ROCK page 2


 Lisa Borst of Fredericksburg All Ages performs at the Sharps Sessions. Borst would like to see more women in music.
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Date published: 12/20/2012

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Lisa Robinson, a musician from Arlington, was in attendance and shared her own challenges balancing societal expectations, familial responsibilities and music.

"I had kids and I was their primary caretaker," said Robinson, a piano and fiddle player. "So I wrote my music as midnight. I had less time to work than a man might."

Add those sort of gender-role expectations to the often hyper-masculine world of music, and it can create an uncomfortable atmosphere.

"For a long time, it's been very much a boys' club," FAA vice president Janus Chidester said of rock and punk music. "Females weren't really accepted. The shows are very masculine."

Zink came out of the event feeling positive about the future of women in the Fredericksburg music scene.

"A major theme that I walked away with is that not only can providing gear, community space, and outlets to perform and develop a craft like music be vital, it is also just, if not more, important to provide role models," Zink said. "We need to increase billing female-fronted bands at FAA and we need to set up a mentor program with female musicians for young women."

In the end, Zink hopes Take Back the Stage will inspire others to take more of a lead role in changing the music scene for the better.

"We're not here to save the world, or Downtown Fredericksburg," Zink said.

"But we want people of all ages and genders to come together and realize that there is an imbalance in this town's creativity process and then do something about it together. And then somewhere down the road, we won't have to call someone a female drummer, but just an awesome drummer."

Ryan Brosmer is perfectly willing to give back the stage if you just ask nicely.


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