This is Just a Grrrl.
It’s a site dedicated to connecting women from across the music industry with each other and with the young women who wish to follow in their footsteps.
If you’re not a woman and you’re not in the industry – even if you have absolutely no intention of working in the industry – you can still join! This is a place to ask questions and a place to find answers; a place to discover your new favourite band; a place to make connections. Everyone is invited.
Register here! (Unless you’re a horrible sexist troll. We’re not so keen on them.)
Right then. Why women? We’ll let the numbers do the talking…
- Women make up only one sixth of music industry personnel. That’s one sixth of everyone – from Beyoncé to your local gig promoter – compared to one half of the population.
- Only 16% of PRS members are female songwriters or composers.
- Over 18-years the Mercury Prize has been awarded to only five women.
- Roughly 15% of the Music Manager’s Forum’s membership is female.
- A reported 22% of men in the music industry earn more than £29,000 per year in comparison to only 6% of women.
- 47% of women in the music industry earn less than £10,000 per year, compared to 35% of men.
- Only 4% of the Producer’s Guild members are women.
- In 2016, Billboard’s “Power 100” list had 14 women on it. Of those women, just 5 were not sharing their place in the list with somebody else.
The other issues you probably know – the way that female musicians are portrayed in the media, the lack of female acts on festival line-ups and so on and so forth.
But why music? – we hear you cry. Doesn’t feminism have bigger fish to fry?!
Yes, absolutely it does. We encourage you to join campaigns, go on marches, sign petitions to tackle the more serious global issues affecting women.
Why music? Well, popular culture is important to us. It has a habit of spilling from our radio speakers into society at large. If this website can encourage enough young women to break into music then, eventually, the gender imbalance in this industry will begin to right itself. We’re playing the long game here.
And maybe having a music industry that is 50% female wouldn’t make any difference to the music industry, to young women’s aspirations, or to the prejudices and discrimination that women face across the world. But it might.
Hold on to that possibility. It’s worth a try, isn’t it?
So what does this site have to offer?
- The Information Pages:
- The Conversation Pages:
- Here you can set up your own profile page, send private messages and get notifications
- There is a chat forum where you can:
- discuss the music industry, ask questions and get advice,
- network, promote your business or band
- chat and connect to other women and begin finding solutions to the problems facing women in the music industry
- The Blog:
- This is where women in the music industry can contribute blog posts to the site
- This is also a space for anyone to contribute short videos – a Q&A with an industry professional, your new song, or just a rant you’ve been wanting to get off your chest. These should be no longer than 5 minutes and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want us to include anything else on the site, or if you’d like to contribute some content, email email@example.com.
We’d love to hear from you!
Have a look around – we’ll meet you in the forum.