Women in Music

Over recent years the music industry has taken small steps towards gender equality. Despite improvements, research makes it clear that we still have a long way to go.

  • 53.6% of those working in the UK music industry are male*
  • This figure drops to 32.7% between the ages of 45 and 64*
  • Women make up just 30% of senior executive roles in the UK music industry, despite making up more 60% of interns and 59% of entry-level business roles.*
  • PRS for Music report that their membership of songwriters is currently only 16% female**

AIM’s Women in Music Events

Here at AIM we are eager to address the gender imbalance and encourage women to succeed in the music business. Our annual Women in Music event brings together women from across the creative industries, both leaders and rising stars, to share their journeys, struggles and advice with each other. See the videos below to watch the most recent footage from Women in Music, in association with Believe Digital, filmed in January 2017 from City Hall.

London Night Czar – Amy Lamé

London’s first Night Czar, Amy Lamé, opens proceedings with a fascinating keynote speech on women, equality and change.

Keynote Interview – Emmy The Great

Bella Union signed London singer-songwriter Emmy The Great in conversation with acclaimed music journalist Laura Barton.

The Next Generation Panel

A selection of the industry’s rising stars discuss their paths to success. Speakers: Carla Marie Williams (songwriter for Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue and Girls Aloud, Founder of Girls I Rate), Martha Kinn (Manager, Years & Years – Machine Management), Stefania Pavlou (Media Relations Manager, PRS for Music), Chloé van Bergen (Senior Label Manager, Believe Recordings), Sharon Matheson (Business Development Manager, INgrooves). Chaired by Lara Baker (Marketing & Events Director, AIM).

Going Live – Women in Live Music Panel

We examine the challenges of women working in the notoriously male dominated live sector, the lack of female artists on festival bills and the safety of female music fans at live music venues and festivals. Speakers: Lauren Down (MD, End of the Road festival), Kelly Bennaton (Marketing & PR, DHP Family), Karma Bertelsen (Marketing Manager, Kilimanjaro Live), Sarah-Anne Grill (Tour Manager, Sigma, Zara Larsson). Chaired by Vanessa Reed (Chief Executive, PRS For Music Foundation).


Useful Schemes and Initiatives:

Interested in women in music initiatives? You might want to sign up to or join the following:

Useful Links:

Some essential reading for those interested in gender equality in the music industry.


* Data taken from the UK Music Diversity Survey 2017