Madelene Aldridge takes a swipe at the sexist world that is the music industry and show's that unbelievably in 2016 it is still a major problem.
The music business has always been seen as a male dominated industry. Whether it’s the record label or the publicist or even the artist themselves, creative and cultural skills report that, women make up only 32% of all music industry related jobs. Whilst some may argue the music industry has come a long way since the days of casual gender discrimination and sexism the gender pay gap would beg to differ. Whilst women are inclined to have superior qualifications to their male counterparts nearly 50% of them earn less than £10,000 compared to 35% who earn the same amount*. It is also important to remember the artists too: Grimes, MIA and Solange Knowles are just a handful of the women who have previously spoken out about their experiences of sexism with the music industry. In addition to this, Kesha’s recent court battle with Dr Luke is a reminder that even in 2016 allegations of sexual assault and rape are still not taken seriously within the music industry and society as a whole.
Whilst it is clear the music industry as a whole still has a long way to go before it becomes a safe and equal environment for women to live and work in there are people fighting all the time to help make this change. The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is an organisation that primarily supports the UKs independent music companies but also works hard to address the imbalance and encourage women to succeed in all areas of the music industry. Girls Against is a brilliant charity set up to help people of all genders combat gig groping and sexual assault at gigs and music festivals. With the support of bands such as Slaves and Foals the women are making gigs in the UK a safer place for everyone. Another amazing organisation set up as a global network for women who work in the music industry is shesaid.so. Founded by Andreea Magdalina, the website provides a platform for empowering women and increasing the profile of women who are making a difference all over the world
In the last 20 years the music industry has come along way when it comes to sexism towards women but, by continuing to support organisations such as AIM and Girls Against as well as constantly striving for equality the gap between men and women in the music industry will one day close for good!