For international women's day Madelene Aldridge takes a look at sexism in the music industry and how The Women Make Music Fund is making a real difference.
The Women Make Music Fund is a vitally important fund set up to draw attention to the gender gap between men and women in the music industry and increase the number of women creating new music in the UK.
Despite the fact that in 2011 only 13% PRS for Music members were professional female songwriters and composers, so far the fund has proved extremely successful with 79% of these women saying the Women Make Music fund significantly helped their confidence - enabling them to grow their professional profile. In addition to this, now in 2017 16% of PRS for Music members are women.
The Fund has already proved successful with Mercury Prize nominated singer-songwriter ESKA using the grant to support her Gatekeeper tour across the UK after being awarded the funds in 2013. She says: “Women Make Music enables and encourages women to get the confidence they need to make steps to play live and record. It’s a unique opportunity to develop a career with the agenda being creative ambition first and foremost.”
The lack of women in the music industry is an issue as old as the music industry itself, and when 78% of PRS for Music members said they had experienced sexism in the music industry we need organisations and funds such as the Women Make Music Fund to slowly but surely close the gap between men and women in the music industry.