New study confirms women are underrepresented in popular music

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A brand new research from the College of Southern California has revealed the stark fact for girls in fashionable music.

The report, compiled by a collection of high lecturers, aimed to “assess the gender and race/ethnicity of artists, songwriters and producers throughout the 800 high songs from 2012-2019”, taken from the Scorching 100 12 months-Finish Billboard Charts.

Upon conclusion, the researchers discovered that lower than 23 per cent of artists and fewer than 2 per cent of producers had been girls.

The research, which acts because the fourth annual report for the Annenburg Inclusion Initiative, additionally examined inequalities on the Grammys – particularly the classes of Document of the 12 months, Track of the 12 months, Album of the 12 months, Finest New Artist, and Producer of the 12 months.

Our new research on Inclusion within the Recording Studio is out as we speak—and on #IWD2021 the outcomes present that for girls in music there may be little to have fun. As artists, songwriters, and producers girls are outnumbered on the Billboard Scorching 100 12 months-Finish Charts & have been for 9 years. 1/

— Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (@Inclusionists) March 8, 2021

Though optimistic will increase had been discovered, a high-point in 2021 discovered that girls represented solely 28.1 per cent of whole nominees, and as little as 6.four % in 2017.

Elsewhere, the research found that feminine artists had been most distinguished in pop (32 per cent) whereas solely 12.three per cent of hip-hop/rap songs had been carried out by girls.

As Pitchfork reviews, artists of color made up some 45.four per cent of performers within the 800 songs featured within the research, however the report additionally found that girls of color had been “invisible” as producers, with simply eight of the 1,093 producing credit.

In the meantime, just lately launched figures to mark Worldwide Ladies’s Day 2021 yesterday (March 8), additionally confirmed gender stability remains to be closely weighted in the direction of males within the skilled songwriter and composer neighborhood.

PRS for Music, the organisation that appears after over 150,000 music creators and publishers, recorded some 1,971 girls registering as skilled songwriters and composers.

It represents a 12.three per cent year-on-year enhance in comparison with 2019, however males nonetheless make up 81.7 per cent of PRS for Music’s membership.

The figures additionally confirmed a monetary disparity, with the highest 10 highest incomes feminine songwriters and composers in 2020 producing 70 per cent much less earnings than their male counterparts in 2020.

Try the music world’s reactions to International Women’s Day 2021 here. 


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