Campaign calls for UK events to do better on gender diversity
A number of industry bodies in the UK have backed a new campaign calling on conferences and awards shows to do a better job on gender diversity. The MMF, AIM, WIN, PRS Foundation, Featured Artists Coalition, UK Music, BASCA,...
September 19, 2018
Spotify facing gender-discrimination lawsuit in the US
For a company that prides itself on its initiatives focused on diversity and gender-equality, Spotify won’t have enjoyed the overnight headlines about a lawsuit filed against the firm in New York. The lawsuit comes from...
September 19, 2018
Spotify takes podcast bootcamp for women of colour to London
Earlier this year, Spotify ran a ‘Sound Up Bootcamp’ in the US for women of colour, picking 10 from more than 18,000 applicants for a week-long series of educational sessions to help them develop their podcasts. Now...
August 22, 2018
Spotify, Berklee and Electric Lady Studios back residency programme for female producers
The EQL Studio Residency Programme For Women has been set up by Spotify, Berklee College Of Music and Electric Lady Studios to back and support emerging female music producers and engineers. Three six-month residences...
August 17, 2018
Shesaid.so launches full-scale mentoring program for women
Women-in-music network shesaid.so is expanding its she.grows mentoring program, after a successful pilot in 2017. The full program kicks off this summer, with 50 pairs of mentors and mentees starting to work together from...
July 20, 2018
Spotify publishes its global diversity-data report
In April this year, new rules in the UK meant any company with more than 250 employees had to publish a report on its gender pay-gaps. The British arms of all three major labels, as well as Kobalt, PRS for Music, PPL and...
July 13, 2018
Spotify funds three women of colour’s podcast ambitions
Spotify has announced the results of its recent Sound Up Bootcamp, a week-long workshop in June for women of colour with ambitions in the podcast arena. 10 participants were chosen from more than 18,000 applicants, and three...
July 12, 2018
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs criticises lack of support for black execs
Artist and entrepreneur Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has given an interview outlining his frustration with the music industry’s approach to supporting black executives. “You have these record companies that are making so much...
July 11, 2018
Spotify’s Danielle Lee talks brands, audio and diverse recruitment
“Music data, I think, is really unique. We really believe that we can extract unique insights based on how you stream. You can understand habits. You can understand moods, mindsets, tastes. And you can start to predict...
June 27, 2018
Tackling the gender gap: from tech staff to streaming playlists
From man-heavy diversity statistics for music companies to fears that women artists are losing out in the recommendation algorithms of music-streaming services, there are a number of challenges facing the music industry around...
June 7, 2018
Report claims Spotify will restore XXXTentacion to playlists
The last few weeks has seen the term ‘de-playlisted’ used regularly by Music Ally, thanks to Spotify’s new policy on hateful conduct. Now it seems we may have to add ‘re-playlisted’ into the mix. Bloomberg claims that...
May 25, 2018
Troy Carter on hateful-conduct policy: ‘Everybody didn’t agree’
After those rumours that he was leaving the company in protest at its new hateful-conduct policy, Troy Carter has spoken to the Los Angeles Times to stress that he remains in his position. However, he also made it clear...
May 22, 2018