We need more than ‘girl power’ to solve music’s sexist rot | Yomi Adegoke

A survey of 31,000 musicians suggests harassment in the industry is rife, yet it still pushes the same old ‘sex sells’ mantra

The music industry has a woman problem. It’s a long-standing fact. Looking at last year’s biggest hit singles in the UK, there were three times as many male as female pop stars. It lingers behind the scenes, too; women made up just 12% of songwriters and 2% of producers on the Billboard Hot 100 between 2012 and 2018.

Despite years of head-scratching over the cause, one reason is hiding in plain sight. Or, perhaps it is intentionally overlooked. New figures from the Musicians’ Union – which represents more than 31,000 artists, from rock musicians to orchestral players – suggests almost half of its members have experienced harassment at work. More than four in five did not report it.

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Original source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/23/we-need-more-than-girl-power-solve-music-sexist-rot

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