Nov 29, 2017 Christine Osazuwa
As phrases like: “I’d like to see more women producers”, “there’s not a lot of female founders” and “it’s the famous glass ceiling” are said, it’s obvious that the industry has a long way to go to see equality in music. Exposure and visibility was an area the women agreed needed to be addressed. “We start brainstorming about people we can invite [to an event] and the top 5 people on my list are men,” Claudia said. “That’s definitely a point where we can starting fixing things.” Of course, you cannot forget we need more women on all stages, not just in tech panels.
At Slush Music 2017, about 22% of the speakers are female. As leaders in their fields, the women on the Slush Music stage discussed a range of topics from production, investment, and tech. Pictured above, as an artist and executive, Helienne Lindvall, Head of Business Relations at Auddly, discusses the importance of metadata for an artist’s career.
While women on stages are important, women in all aspects of the tech and music sector are lacking. Linda delivered stats about the representation of women not just on stage, “Only one-third of women in the boardroom are women, 98% of VC capital goes to men.” Within music production, the numbers are no better where it’s estimated that only 5-7% of people in professional music production are women.
One way to improve these numbers is to keep women in the industry. “How do we build an infrastructure to keep women engaged [in the industry]?” Claudia asked. Answers to these questions ranged from safe spaces to early education in music and technology but the most agreed upon answer was about gaining support from men. “It’s really important for men to support us,” Anya said. “I can be here only because my husband picks up my kids from school,” Linda added.
While Claudia discussed solutions to ease the professional musicians’ experience such as allocating funding for childcare while you’re on tour, Linda believes that problems like these will be resolved once we let women in. “When women have power, when they have money, it will solve the practical things. They can pay for that babysitter to go on tour.”
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