This time last year, the US Recording Academy was facing strong (and deserved) criticism for poorly-worded comments by its boss Neil Portnow about how women needed to “step up” in the music industry. 12 months on, the Academy is offering something more constructive: a ‘Producer and Engineering Inclusion Initiative’ which aims to increase the opportunities for women in that sector of the industry.
“The initiative asks that at least two women are identified and therefore considered as part of the selection process every time a music producer or engineer is hired. It also asks working producers to agree to take issues of gender diversity within music’s technical fields into account when deciding who to mentor and hire for further development,” explained the Academy.
A long list of artists, labels, producers and managers have already signed up to support the initiative, while it’s also linking out to She Is The Music, the non-profit organisation that launched in the US in December with aims including a database of women working in the music industry – including in production and engineering roles.