AIM is ‘diversity champion’ for LGBT-equality charity Stonewall

UK independent-music trade body AIM is joining LGBT-equality charity Stonewall as one of its ‘diversity champions’, and hopes that other bodies and companies within the music industry will follow suit. “Creating an inclusive and diverse workplace holds a huge amount of benefits for any business. Ensuring that LGBT staff feel free to be themselves at […]

UK Music study reveals improvements in industry diversity

British industry body UK Music has published the results of its latest Music Industry Workforce Diversity Survey – the second such report, following its original launch in 2016. Based on a survey of nearly 3,000 people within the British music industry, the study has some positive findings. BAME (Black, Asian, minority ethnic) representation in the UK industry […]

Esports agency Hurrah explains how it cultivates diversity

There has been a lot of discussion about why music-industry companies could benefit from more diversity in their teams, but it’s as important to talk about how they can achieve this. A blog post from French esports agency Hurrah this week may offer some useful ideas, with its ambition of being “50% minority-driven” by the […]

Spotify launches database of women in audio and music production

Spotify’s latest diversity initiative is a database of women working in audio and music production, launched in partnership with nonprofit organisation SoundGirls. It’s called the EQL Directory, and is inviting women to submit their details for inclusion, with 736 profiles already featured and filterable by skill (audio, live, FOH, studio, recording engineer etc) and location. “It’s […]

Industry lawyers call for ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual harassment

A group of music-industry lawyers have set out the path from #MeToo to #WeTogether in an opinion piece published by Billboard. The post Industry lawyers call for ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual harassment appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Campaign calls for UK events to do better on gender diversity

A number of industry bodies in the UK have backed a new campaign calling on conferences and awards shows to do a better job on gender diversity. The MMF, AIM, WIN, PRS Foundation, Featured Artists Coalition, UK Music, BASCA, Help Musicians UK and SheSaidSo are among the organisations supporting the campaign, which is focused on advertising in […]

Spotify facing gender-discrimination lawsuit in the US

For a company that prides itself on its initiatives focused on diversity and gender-equality, Spotify won’t have enjoyed the overnight headlines about a lawsuit filed against the firm in New York. The lawsuit comes from Hong Perez, who worked as a sales executive for Spotify between 2015 and 2017, and accuses the company of gender […]

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs criticises lack of support for black execs

Artist and entrepreneur Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has given an interview outlining his frustration with the music industry’s approach to supporting black executives. “You have these record companies that are making so much money off our culture, our art form, but they’re not investing or even believing in us,” he told Variety. “For all the billions of […]

Spotify’s Danielle Lee talks brands, audio and diverse recruitment

“Music data, I think, is really unique. We really believe that we can extract unique insights based on how you stream. You can understand habits. You can understand moods, mindsets, tastes. And you can start to predict behaviour.” Danielle Lee is Spotify’s global head of partner solutions, charged with helping big brands tap in to […]

Tackling the gender gap: from tech staff to streaming playlists

From man-heavy diversity statistics for music companies to fears that women artists are losing out in the recommendation algorithms of music-streaming services, there are a number of challenges facing the music industry around the gender gap. A panel at the Midem conference this morning explored some of them. Moderated by Vanessa Reed of PRS Foundation, […]

Report claims Spotify will restore XXXTentacion to playlists

The last few weeks has seen the term ‘de-playlisted’ used regularly by Music Ally, thanks to Spotify’s new policy on hateful conduct. Now it seems we may have to add ‘re-playlisted’ into the mix. Bloomberg claims that rapper XXXTentacion could be on his way back to Spotify’s programmed and algorithmic playlists in the future, even if fellow […]

British music companies admit ‘unacceptable’ gender pay gaps

Yesterday was the deadline for all British companies with more than 250 employees to report their ‘gender pay gaps’ to the UK government’s Equalities Office. The definition of this being the difference between the average hourly earnings of men and women for each company. Each firm has reported their ‘mean’ gender pay gap (based on […]

Spotify and Smirnoff launch ‘unconscious gender bias’ campaign

Like us, you’ve probably been wondering when a prominent vodka brand would weigh in to 2018’s music-industry debates around diversity and inclusion. Congrats if you had ‘early March’ in the sweepstake: Smirnoff has teamed up with Spotify on a marketing campaign called the Smirnoff Equaliser. It’s based on the fact that the top 10 tracks […] seeks nominations for 2018 Alternative Power 100

Billboard’s recent Power 100 list of music-industry executives was criticised for being dominated by men. Now industry network has opened nominations for its own Alternative Power 100 list – the second year for an initiative that aims for a more diverse selection of executives and creators within the industry. It’s not just about gender. […]

Brit Awards: Stormzy and Dua Lipa triumph as host shades Spotify

Apple Music and YouTube may have been the key digital and sponsorship partners for last night’s Brit Awards, but it was Spotify that got an (admittedly-unwanted) shout-out from the event’s host, comedian Jack Whitehall. Speaking about two-gong winner Dua Lipa: “If she had a pound for every time someone listened to her on Spotify, they […]

Diversity in the music industry: ‘We are all part of the solution’

From the recent open letters from women working in the Swedish and Australian music industries condemning harassment to the ‘step up’ storm currently engulfing Grammys organiser the Recording Academy, diversity is a huge topic for our industry in 2018. The term covers a number of related issues, from harassment to equal opportunities to enter and […]

Recording Academy faces further industry criticism

Earlier this month, a group of six senior women from the music industry wrote to the Recording Academy calling for it to up its game on diversity, and offering their help. One report yesterday suggested that they have been “seriously underwhelmed” by the response. So, in a world where the term ‘hepeating’ has been coined […]

17% of VC-backed startups have at least one woman as a founder

A study conducted by CrunchBase has found that only 17% of startups receiving their initial round of venture funding in 2017 had at least one woman as a founder. What’s more, that percentage has stayed static since 2012, having risen steadily in the three years before that. In 2017, all-women teams accounted for 3% of […]

c3 exec Jeff Boxer resigns after sexual-misconduct reports

The executive director of US artist-rights body the Content Creators Coalition, Jeff Boxer, has resigned after three women published blog posts alleging sexual misconduct (links here, here and here). “The Executive Board of Content Creators Coalition is deeply troubled by reports of sexual misconduct by our executive director, Jeff Boxer. We convened an emergency board […]

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative adds music to its partners

The USC Annenberg university in California is launching a new thing: the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, with music-industry partners including Universal Music backing its efforts around diversity. “Our new name reflects our continued and unwavering commitment to championing inclusion in all forms – including but not limited to gender, race/ethnicity, LGBT, disability and now mental health […]

Ducktails albums pulled from several streaming services

Several albums by Ducktails – the project for American independent musician Matt Mondanile, formerly of Real Estate – have been pulled from streaming services. Pitchfork claimed that distributor The Orchard was responsible for the takedowns on Spotify and Tidal, with three albums – two released through Domino and one through his own label – affected. […]

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