Seems like there has been a definite sea change in the discussion about gender in the music business of late. Whilst stats and figures are still brow-raising in terms of the numbers of women on festival bills, radio playlists, songwriting teams and working in studios, it does seem like change is in the air with a shift toward analysing why things are as they are, exploring the solutions, and acting on them.
There was a great conversation about some of the initiatives at Sound City earlier this year. Vanessa Reed from PRSF chaired the conversation (she’s behind the Women Make Music fund) and there’s a good summary here with links to initiatives like She Said So that are worth exploring: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/vanessa-reed/gender-equality-music_b_10475886.html
Laura Marling has started a podcast exploring this topic a little. There’s an interesting piece in Metro today about it https://edition.metro.news/content/20160907.am/htmlpages/373695.html
What do you think the one thing (or more) that should change is that will make a massive difference to the gender imbalance in music?