Women in music – Gender pay gap

As in many other industries the gender pay gap is a well-documented issue in the music world. Women have historically been underrepresented as well as undervalued in the music industry, with men holding the majority of high-paying positions such as producers, executives and managers. This has created a huge gender pay gap, with women earning less than men for similar jobs.

According to a study by the Musicians’ Union in the UK, female musicians still earn 30% less than their male colleagues. This is also due to the fact that women are more likely to take jobs with lower-paying roles like session musicians, whereas men are more likely to work as solo artists or band members, which tend to be higher-payed.


Similarly, a study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that among the top 600 songs of 2017, only 16.8% were performed by female artists, and only 12.3% of the songwriters were women. The study also found that women were less likely to be credited as producers or engineers on their songs.

Overall, the gender pay gap in the music industry is a complex issue that is rooted in systemic gender inequality. It will require a concerted effort from all stakeholders, including record labels, streaming platforms, and industry organizations, to address and rectify this issue.

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