Music leaders say ‘step up’ comments reflect wider problems
Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year just got a little bit worse: but the important thing about the latest open letter to the beleaguered Grammys boss isn’t so much what it...
February 6, 2018
17% of VC-backed startups have at least one woman as a founder
A study conducted by CrunchBase has found that only 17% of startups receiving their initial round of venture funding in 2017 had at least one woman as a founder. What’s more, that percentage has stayed static since 2012,...
January 16, 2018
40% of new PRS for Music members under 20 identify as women
UK-based collecting society PRS for Music has published some data which it hopes shows encouraging signs of more women taking up careers in songwriting. The society says that 40% of its new members under the age of 20...
December 21, 2017
Women and music: ‘The famous glass ceiling hasn’t been smashed’ (#SlushMusic)
Earlier this month, 1,993 women signed an open letter calling out sexism, sexual harassment and assault within the Swedish music industry. One prominent major-label executive there has since been suspended following multiple...
November 28, 2017
c3 exec Jeff Boxer resigns after sexual-misconduct reports
The executive director of US artist-rights body the Content Creators Coalition, Jeff Boxer, has resigned after three women published blog posts alleging sexual misconduct (links here, here and here). “The Executive Board...
November 23, 2017
Annenberg Inclusion Initiative adds music to its partners
The USC Annenberg university in California is launching a new thing: the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, with music-industry partners including Universal Music backing its efforts around diversity. “Our new name reflects...
November 17, 2017
Women in Music awards: ‘We can be a boss, without the fear of being called a bitch’
“I really can’t open this awards ceremony without mentioning the ‘W’ word. That’s for Weinstein, or willy-wangling… I doubt that in this country there is a single office, bank, factory, pub or club that hasn’t...
November 10, 2017
Ducktails albums pulled from several streaming services
Several albums by Ducktails – the project for American independent musician Matt Mondanile, formerly of Real Estate – have been pulled from streaming services. Pitchfork claimed that distributor The Orchard was responsible...
November 1, 2017
About gender ratios on-stage at music-industry conferences…
There are too many men and not enough women on-stage at music-industry conferences. That’s understood widely, but now US journalist Cherie Hu has dug into the actual numbers behind this concern. Her analysis of 1,644...
October 3, 2017
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki addresses anti-diversity row
Sacked Google engineer James Damore has been giving his first detailed interviews about his ‘anti-diversity’ memo. He nailed his colours to the men’s rights activism mast by giving them to a pair of right-wing YouTubers...
August 10, 2017
Bandcamp transgender-rights day raised at least $84k
Bandcamp has provided an update on last Friday’s fundraiser in protest at US president Trump’s recent tweets promising a ban on transgender people serving in the military services. Bandcamp donated its 12% share of...
August 8, 2017