Live Nation launches investment fund for women-led businesses
Live Nation is planning to back a new wave of live-music businesses led by women, with the launch of an early-stage investment fund called the Women Nation Fund. It’ll focus on startups and music companies in the concert...
May 16, 2018
British music companies admit ‘unacceptable’ gender pay gaps
Yesterday was the deadline for all British companies with more than 250 employees to report their ‘gender pay gaps’ to the UK government’s Equalities Office. The definition of this being the difference between the average...
April 5, 2018
Spotify launches Black History is Happening Now initiative
Janelle Monae is the first curator for a new Spotify initiative called Black History is Happening Now. She’ll get her own ‘hub’ within the music-streaming service to highlight her favourite established and emerging...
March 28, 2018
Spotify and Smirnoff launch ‘unconscious gender bias’ campaign
Like us, you’ve probably been wondering when a prominent vodka brand would weigh in to 2018’s music-industry debates around diversity and inclusion. Congrats if you had ‘early March’ in the sweepstake: Smirnoff...
March 6, 2018
Shesaid.so seeks nominations for 2018 Alternative Power 100
Billboard’s recent Power 100 list of music-industry executives was criticised for being dominated by men. Now industry network Shesaid.so has opened nominations for its own Alternative Power 100 list – the second year...
February 23, 2018
Brit Awards: Stormzy and Dua Lipa triumph as host shades Spotify
Apple Music and YouTube may have been the key digital and sponsorship partners for last night’s Brit Awards, but it was Spotify that got an (admittedly-unwanted) shout-out from the event’s host, comedian Jack Whitehall. Speaking...
February 22, 2018
94% of US women surveyed from TV/film biz have experienced harassment
USA Today has surveyed 843 women working in the US entertainment industry to ask if they have experienced sexual harassment or assault during their careers. 94% said they have. The survey focused on the film and television...
February 22, 2018
Diversity in the music industry: ‘We are all part of the solution’
From the recent open letters from women working in the Swedish and Australian music industries condemning harassment to the ‘step up’ storm currently engulfing Grammys organiser the Recording Academy, diversity is a huge...
February 15, 2018
Recording Academy faces further industry criticism
Earlier this month, a group of six senior women from the music industry wrote to the Recording Academy calling for it to up its game on diversity, and offering their help. One report yesterday suggested that they have been...
February 9, 2018
Music leaders say ‘step up’ comments reflect wider problems
Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year just got a little bit worse: but the important thing about the latest open letter to the beleaguered Grammys boss isn’t so much what it...
February 6, 2018
17% of VC-backed startups have at least one woman as a founder
A study conducted by CrunchBase has found that only 17% of startups receiving their initial round of venture funding in 2017 had at least one woman as a founder. What’s more, that percentage has stayed static since 2012,...
January 16, 2018
40% of new PRS for Music members under 20 identify as women
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...
December 21, 2017