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:
- AIM & WIN offer free public speaking training for Women in Music
- Music Week Women in Music Awards (London, annually in November)
- Women in Music & Entertainment (LinkedIn Group)
- Women in Music (international organisation for women working in the music business)
- Girls I Rate (network of women in music and entertainment)
- She Said So (global network of women in the music industry)
- Let’s Be The Change (initiative to connect conference organisers with female and ethnically diverse speakers)
- Yorkshire Sound Women Network (Yorkshire based women in music network)
- Women Produce Music (encouraging women in work in the technical side of music)
- The Other Woman (music network showcasing the best in new, upcoming and current female talent)
- Sound Women (a network of over 1,000 women working in audio)
- Women in Music (National membership organisation for female musicians)
- PRS for Music Foundation – Women Make Music (funding for female music creators)
- Women in Tune (annual music festival celebrating women in music)
- NOWIE (Network of Women in Events)
- Women of the World Festival (A weekend of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls – held at the Southbank Centre)
- International Women’s Day
Some essential reading for those interested in gender equality in the music industry.
- The Challenge Of Organising A Gender-Balanced Conference In The Music Industry – Lara Baker (AIM), Huffington Post, Dec 2016
- A Playbook For Pushing The Needle On Diversity In Music – Forbes, Feb 2017
- UK Music Diversity Survey 2017, January 2017
- Things I Wish I’d Known As A Young Woman Starting Out In The Music Business – Lara Baker (AIM), Huffington Post, October 2016
- Gender Equality in Music: The Beginnings of a New Movement Involving Men and Women – Huffington Post, June 2016
- The Music Industry’s Dirty Little Secret – Marie Claire, Dec 2016
- Terrified of Public Speaking? You’re Not Alone – Rhian Jones – Synchblog, March 2017
- Alternative Power 100 List – She Said So – March 2017
* Data taken from the UK Music Diversity Survey 2017