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 identify as female. That compares to 21% in the 20-29 year-old category, and just 12% among its 60-69 year-old members. Overall, 17% of PRS for Music’s membership identifies as female, which the society says it’s working hard to improve.
“We’re of the view that this is an industry-wide issue – we cannot improve female representation across our membership unless the wider community also changes,” said its executive director of membership and international Karen Buse.
“To that end, we’re working with national and regional bodies to widen the discussion and action positive change. Our education and outreach team is working hard to reach out to women creators across the UK and we continue to increase our presence at targeted events, to raise our profile among the female demographic.”
As PRS for Music and other industry bodies are aware, the problem to be solved isn’t just about more diversity among the people entering the industry at a young age, but about helping them to thrive and rise up the ranks, rather than drop out as time goes on.