AIM and WIN call for ‘no more manels’ at conferences
It’s still rare to find a music-industry conference without at least one ‘manel’ – an all-male panel. Indie bodies WIN and AIM are trying to see off the sausagefests with their public-speaking workshops for women...
July 11, 2017
Spotify and Max Martin launch diversity-focused The Equalizer Project
Spotify is launching a new initiative in Sweden called The Equalizer Project, which will focus on the role of women in the music industry. The streaming service is working with partners the Swedish Music Publishers’...
June 12, 2017
Dice Girls Music Day returns as a two-day event
British ticketing startup Dice is planning another ‘Girls Music Day’ event for 16-24 year-old women with ambitions to work in the music industry. This time round, it will actually be ‘days’ – a two-day event...
March 23, 2017
More YouTube controversy: this time over LGBTQ videos
March hasn’t been a good month for YouTube. The ‘value gap’ debate has taken a backseat to other headaches around the video service’s status as a publisher as well as a platform. We reported yesterday on the rumpus...
March 21, 2017
Spotify’s Uber partnership wobbled after recent controversy
Thus far, Spotify has escaped criticism over the fallout from partner Uber’s recent controversies, which have taken in accusations of sexism, rows about regulations, and an embarrassing episode where CEO Travis Kalanick...
March 17, 2017
The future music industry: more diverse, less siloed… and completely unpredictable
The FastForward conference in Amsterdam is only in its second year, but its concluding panel session already has some traditions. The audience have beers, the panel members have beers, and there’s a participatory drinking...
February 25, 2017
So long, white manels! Let’s Be The Change aims for diversity at music industry conferences
If you’ve ever found yourself annoyed by all-male ‘manels’ at music-industry conferences, a new initiative that’s launching this morning should be encouraging. Let’s Be The Change is being launched by industry...
January 20, 2017
UK Music report explores diversity in UK industry
British industry body UK Music has published the results of its first workforce diversity survey, which canvassed nearly 3,000 employees from labels, publishers, management companies, collecting societies and live firms. Among...
January 10, 2017
Pandora sets new diversity targets for 2020
We know that Pandora is aiming for $4bn of annual revenues by 2020, because CEO Tim Westergren has outlined that goal publicly. Now the streaming service is setting another target: to ensure its workforce is even more diverse...
November 9, 2016
UK Music launches diversity survey for music industry
British music body UK Music has launched an industry workforce diversity survey, with the aim of generating sturdy data on gender and ethnicity within UK music businesses. The survey’s launch came before today’s UK Music...
July 13, 2016
Latest stats on just how white and male the VC industry is
Tech news site The Information has published a study of the demographic makeup of senior venture capitalists, and it certainly won’t dispel claims that the tech investment industry is overwhelmingly white and male. “Ninety...
October 7, 2015