Counting the Music Industry is a gender gap analysis of over 300 music  publishers and record labels in the UK. This research reveals that just  over 14% of writers currently signed to publishers and just under 20% of  acts signed to labels are female. This gap is surprisingly large and is  indicative of widespread discrimination against women in the music  industry.

Counting the Music Industry also looks at entry routes into music, particularly  through formal education. There has been increased participation by  girls and women in music education at all levels over the past five  years, to near equity, often gaining better results than their male  counterparts. And yet female graduates do not seem to be as successful  as their male colleagues in starting careers. This report looks at  twelve barriers that exist for women wishing to start and sustain a  career in music.

And  finally, Counting the Music Industry identifies opportunities for  further research and concludes with a list of practical recommendations  for government, education and music organisations to implement, improve  and ultimately close the gender gap in music, thereby creating a more  inclusive industry. 

The key findings were published in Music Week and discussed on Radio 3 Music Matters 

PJ Harvey at the Eden Project

PJ Harvey at the Eden Project


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