The Recording Academy, Arizona State University and Berklee College of Music have released their first ‘Women In The Mix’ study, based on surveys with more than 1,600 American women and gender-expansive musicians and industry folk. 84% said they had faced discrimination, and 56% believed that their gender had affected their employment in the industry – although this grew to 65% for musicians. Mentorships and advocacy organisations were praised by respondents as helpful, however. You can read the full report here.
Yesterday’s International Women’s Day also saw the official launch of Safer Spaces, a UK initiative to tackle violence against women and girls at concerts and festivals. It will have tents at various festivals offering support to attendees.
Finally, distributor Symphonic launched a mentorship program yesterday called ‘Women Empowered’, with mentors from Amazon Music, Spotify, A2IM, YouTube, Songtrust, Atlantic Records among other companies. Full details of the program are here.