WOMEN IN MUSIC - DIRECTORY
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Nonprofit organization SoundGirls® is now in partnership with Spotify® and several other organizations to bring the industry towards gender parity by uplifting and promoting the work of women and gender nonconforming people via their new, EQL Directory. Their mission is to enable users to showcase their work, market their skills, and reach out to each other for industry networking.
Co-founder of SoundGirls and Pearl Jam sound engineer, Karrie Keyes, stated that there are not very many women or non-conforming people working in audio, and because of this people don’t even bother to look. She said, "The EQL Directory proves that this is not true.”
The EQL Directory covers major categories such as audio & broadcast, film & TV, live production, and studio engineering including sub-categories that cover the gamut of specialties in the professional audio production business ranging from production, post-production, artist management, merchandise, touring, stage management and VIP coordination.
It's the directive of the EQL Directory that, by amplifying the careers of these women and people in the audio design industry, equal access to encouragement, equipment, and opportunities within the industry will evolve as well as equal recognition of these professionals' industry contributions. With current trends, including the recent exposure of Hollywood and Washington D.C. luminaries based on the activism of the #MeToo movement or the recent dramatic walkout by high-profile tech workers demanding more equality in the workplace, the EQL Directory is intent on promoting a positive tool to identify solutions to the music industry’s gender imbalance.
Several major companies and organizations have joined the effort, including Spotify, Secret Genius, SoundGirls, The 7% Series, Upfront Producer Network, Yorkshire Sound Women Network, Women's Audio Mission, shesaid.so, Instituto Criar, Girls Make Beats, Gender Amplified, female:pressure, Equalizer Project, Beatz By Girls, and the Audio Engineering Society.
In January 2018, Billboard Magazine® reported that the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism division just released its inaugural report on inclusion in popular music and the results reveal that just like in the film and television industry, there is a strong need for more females in the music industry. The most glaring finding of the report is: In 2017, 83.2% of artists were men and only 16.8% were women. Out of the study’s 651 producers, 98% were male and only 2% female.
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