It’s not a secret that the art world has long had a difficult time representing women, with sexism being deeply ingrained in our culture since time immemorial. Makes you wonder what’s going on. Where are the ladies? We want to take a look at how women can start building beneficial relationships with music industry executives and specifically, show you how to get your foot in the door of the world’s largest network for music execs.
The lack of female representation in the music industry has been a perpetual problem for a long time. In 2017, there aren’t more women than ever before sitting in the C-suites or holding executive titles at the labels. Why is this? Is it discrimination? Misogyny? A combination of both? Either way, we exist on the outside looking in. This is why it is so important to get involved with the people who are making strides in these areas.
While things are improving, there is still work to be done, especially within the music industry — and at Bean Creative, we wanted to celebrate this positive progression, as well as spark a much-needed discussion about what else needs to change so that the industry can continue to move forward with men and women working together as equals.
The presence of women in many key music industry positions is a relatively new occurrence. Things have changed a lot since the 70s and 80’s when women were largely absent from executive and creative roles. Fortunately, there has been a significant shift lately, driving women’s presence in executive roles to 30%. If you ask our opinion, we would say it’s still not enough, but it’s definitely a step forward.
The music industry has been notoriously slow to change, but there have been notable moments through the decades that have created positive momentum toward equality. Quite recently though, there have been some watershed changes made by women to challenge conventions and dress codes, and give more of a voice (and space) to the incredible female talent in the industry.
We want to give a big thank you to all of the amazing women in music (and media) that have contributed their voices to this cause. It’s been overwhelming and humbling to read over the declarations of support, and it shows how much there is for us all to do together. At the very least, we hope that this series will inspire discussion about how we can continue to further gender equality in the industry. We are ready for this conversation and would love everyone to join us in the comments section.