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In the past, men have largely run the music production industry, even for female musicians with a wide fan base. Thanks to the pioneering efforts and do-it-yourself attitude of female bands, artists, and producers, that tradition is slowly breaking down. Now, female musicians and producers are proving that women are no longer just puppets; they’re learning to pull the strings too. 

In the past, men have largely run the music production industry, even for female musicians with a wide fan base. Thanks to the pioneering efforts and do-it-yourself attitude of female bands, artists, and producers, that tradition is slowly breaking down. Now, female musicians and producers are proving that women are no longer just puppets; they’re learning to pull the strings too. 

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Women account for less than 5% of producers and engineers in the music industry. This image shows the large disparity between men and women in the production and engineering of music (Haruch).
Photo Credit(s): Erin Bly

Women account for less than 5% of producers and engineers in the music industry. This image shows the large disparity between men and women in the production and engineering of music (Haruch).

Photo Credit(s): Erin Bly

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The image above displays a study done in the mid-1990’s which shows that 90% (water) of the top 100 music videos shown on MTV were directed by men, where only 10% (oil) of the videos were directed by women (Jhally).
Photo Credit(s): Roselyn Almonte

The image above displays a study done in the mid-1990’s which shows that 90% (water) of the top 100 music videos shown on MTV were directed by men, where only 10% (oil) of the videos were directed by women (Jhally).

Photo Credit(s): Roselyn Almonte

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A recent study by Creative & Cultural Skills in the United Kingdom shows that 77% of people working in the music industry, specifically in promotion and management, are male, while only 23% are female. The image above displays how men comprise more than three quarters of the upper levels of the music industry (Lindvall).
Photo Credit(s): Alex Ernest, Alexis Cruz, Roselyn Almonte, & Billy McDonough

A recent study by Creative & Cultural Skills in the United Kingdom shows that 77% of people working in the music industry, specifically in promotion and management, are male, while only 23% are female. The image above displays how men comprise more than three quarters of the upper levels of the music industry (Lindvall).

Photo Credit(s): Alex Ernest, Alexis Cruz, Roselyn Almonte, & Billy McDonough

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John Webster, chief executive of the Music Managers Forum, explains how only 15% of its members are female. Alex (dressed as male) sits on the third step, while Alexis (female) sits at the twentieth step. This image is used to show the large difference in management in the music industry, between men and women (Lindvall).
Photo Credit(s): Roselyn Almonte

John Webster, chief executive of the Music Managers Forum, explains how only 15% of its members are female. Alex (dressed as male) sits on the third step, while Alexis (female) sits at the twentieth step. This image is used to show the large difference in management in the music industry, between men and women (Lindvall).

Photo Credit(s): Roselyn Almonte

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Haruch, Steve

  • "Women Account For Less Than 5 Percent of Producers and Engineers-But Maybe Not For Long". The Nashville Scene. June 03, 2010.

Jhally, Sut

  • Dreamworlds 2. Media Education Foundation. 1995.

Lang, Zoë

  • Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of South Florida.

Lindvall, Helienne 

  • "Behind the Music: Where are the Female A&Rs?" The Guardian. July 23, 2009.
  • "Behind the Music: The Gender Gap Shows No Sign of Closing" The Guardian. May 7, 2010. 

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