Women unequal in music
There’s a gender ratio of 47.4 male music producers to every one female music producer, according the Inclusion in the Recording Studio report from USC Annenberg. That means there has been no change over the four years the university has been covering inequality in the music industry via its inclusion initiative.
The study also found that in 2018, 83% of artists in the year-end Hot 100 Billboard charts were male, and just 17% were female. Women only represented 26% of credited solo artists, while not one woman in a duo or band appeared in the chart. In fact, 2018 was substantially lower than 2012 for female participation in duos and bands.
Forty percent of female songwriters and producers say they have difficulty navigating the industry, including breaking into the business, making connections, and getting into different rooms. They often find they are dismissed or not taken seriously, with their abilities and knowledge doubted or undercut. They also say they often need to prove their competence to individuals who might work with them.