Linda Coogan Byrne is a Music Industry Consultant with 15 years of experience in the international and domestic music industry and is CEO of Award-Winning PR & Marketing Company Good Seed PR. They are also an activist and campaigner for gender diversity and equality and is managing director of Culture Change company Why Not Her?.
Hailed as the woman who has retuned Irish and UK radio airplay towards gender parity, their Gender Disparity Data Reports focusing on the lack of diversity and gender parity across Radio in the UK and Ireland, has become one of the biggest equality movements in the music industry and has garnered over 150 million+ in audience reach, leading the way for the music industry’s #WhyNotHer movement.
Linda was named as one of the Top 100 most influential women in Ireland (in 2021) who are choosing to challenge perceptions to change the world. Linda’s work has been widely praised and featured across notable outlets such as The Guardian, Sunday Times, Clash, BBC, RTE, The Independent and many more. They have been a speaker/lecturer/panellist at Hotpress MixSix, Women’sWork, OutPut, MUTEK Barcelona, Belfast Metropolitan College, Trinity College, IMPALA, Dublin City University, and BBC The Biggest Weekend Festival to name a few.
Linda divides their time working as a Music Consultant/Publicist and Culture Changer/DEI specialist between both of their companies. She has represented well-known acts and bands such as Cyndi Lauper, Suzanne Vega, Amanda Palmer, Counting Crows, Madness, Duran Duran, REM, Eleanor McEvoy, Aoife Scott, The Saw Doctors, Aslan, Groove Armada, Underworld, The Prodigy, Röyksopp and many more over the last 15 years. Including working with brands and companies in both sync and consultancy such as RTE, BBC, IKEA, ITV, AXA, ESPN, Volkswagen, Dominos Pizza, O2, Land Rover, Lexus, and many leading brands worldwide. Linda has also worked with record labels and management companies such as Cooking Vinyl Records, Warner, Universal, V2 Records and Thirty Tigers including many more over the last 2 decades.
Linda’s unique insight into the music industry spans many different angles lending itself to a vast range of experience, and an extensively impressive list of contacts across the entertainment industry both in Ireland, the UK, and overseas.
Linda freelance writes for various press publications in print and online including webzines and magazines and is currently working on their debut book titled ‘Why Not Her? A Question On Justice’. Release date TBA.
They launched a brand new Podcast Series called the Why Not Her? Podcast in 2021, that focuses on amplifying the voices of womxn across a myriad of industries around the world as well as activists and culture changers.
Linda is also a board member of the Arts Council Of Ireland. The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland. Established in 1951, The Arts Council is there to stimulate public interest in and promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, the Council is an autonomous body, which is under the aegis of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Interesting fact: A talented polymath, Linda’s skill set doesn’t stop with the above as they are also a multidisciplinary artist, writer, sync agent, musician, nutritionist, and food blogger. Linda’s illustrations and artwork have appeared in many National and International Publications and Magazines. And has been exhibited in private and public galleries nationwide, including a recent group exhibition in The Kildare Gallery at Carton House in 2018 and a solo show at Inspire-Galerie in Dublin City in July 2017, where most of the pieces sold out. In their spare time, Linda likes to play musical instruments such as percussion, piano, ukulele, and guitar. They are also a qualified Nutritionist.