Women In The Mix: Producer & Engineering Inclusion Initiative

 

According to Dr. Stacy Smith’s USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study, only 2 percent of music producers and 3 percent of engineers/mixers across popular music are women.

The Recording Academy Task Force on Inclusion and Diversity is announcing the first ever industry-wide Producer and Engineering Inclusion Initiative. Together with prominent producers, labels, artists, agencies, management companies, and other stakeholders we’re making strides to create industry-wide change.

The Initiative asks that at least two women are identified and therefore considered as part of the selection process every time a music producer or engineer is hired. It also asks working producers to agree to take issues of gender diversity within music’s technical fields into account when deciding who to mentor and hire for further development.

Expanding opportunities for female producers and engineers is not only right and fair, but it also benefits music and artists by broadening the talent pool to best match the needs of each project. Similarly, established female engineers and producers will inspire more young women and girls to pursue technical careers in the music industry and lessen the gender gap.

 

WHO HAS PLEDGED

Thank you to the producers, labels, artists, agencies, management companies, and other stakeholders who have committed to our 2019 Producer & Engineering Inclusion Initiative. We hope you will join us - CLICK HERE to join the initiative.

Producers

Josh Abraham*
Alex da Kid*
John Alagia*
Jack Antonoff*
Jeff Bhasker*
BloodPop*
Evan Bogart*
Fernando Camacho*
René Camacho*
Dave Cobb*
Lauren Christy*
Jennifer Decilveo*
Diplo*
Mike Elizondo* 
Eman (Emanuel Kiriakou)*
Emilio Estefan* 
Ryan Freeland* 
Ludwig Göransson*
Dave Gross
Robin Hannibal*
Alex Hope* 
Dann Huff*
Jimmy Jam*
Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins* 
Tyler Johnson*
Leslie Ann Jones
Larry Klein*
Savan Kotecha* 
Diana Krall* 
Sebastian Krys* 
Greg Kurstin*
Luke Laird*
Frank Liddell*
Poncho Lizárraga*
Joel Lizárraga*
Banda Los Sebastianes*
Tucker Martine*
Juan de Dios Martín*
Max Martin*
Shane McAnally* 
Chris Messina
Blake Mills*
MUNA*
Edén Muñoz*
Linda Perry* 
Ron Perry*
Saúl Plata*
Salaam Remi*
Maggie Rogers*
Mark Ronson* 
Raphael Saadiq*
Luis “Dro1dz” Salazar*
Santigold*
Jack Splash*
Swagernauts*
Taylor Swift*
Andres Torres & Mauricio Rengifo*
Ryan Tedder*
Jesús Tirado*
The Chainsmokers* 
TRAKGIRL*
Pharrell Williams*
Dan Wilson*
Dion “No I.D.” Wilson*          
*Indicates Founding Supporter

Labels

 

Arista Records* 
Arista Nashville*
Astralwerks*
Atlantic Records*
ATO Records*
Beggars Group*
BentBeat Productions
Big Loud Records*
Big Machine Label Group*
Bloodshot Records
Blue Note Records*
Born to Fly Records
Buskin Records* 
Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG)*
Capitol Records*
Capitol Records Nashville*
Craig Dunn, Collective Artist Management
Columbia Records* 
Columbia Nashville*
Concord* 
Creative Nation* 
Crooked Paintings* 
Def Jam Recordings, Inc.*
Disney Music Group (DMG)*
Disruptor Records* 
EMI Nashville*
Entertainment One
Epic Records* 
Glassnote Records* 
Harvest Records*
Interscope Geffen A&M*
Island Records*
KidzBop* 
Kill Rock Stars*
Mass Appeal Records
MCA Nashville*
Mercury Nashville*
Mom+Pop*
Monument Records*
Motown Records*
Omnivore Recordings
RCA Records* 
RCA Nashville*
Republic Records*
River House Artists*
RL Recordings
Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian)*
Sire Records*
Sony Music Latin Iberia Region*
Sony/ATV Music Publishing*
Thirty Tigers*
Tommy Boy*
Transoceanic Records
Tricycle Records
Triple Tigers*
Universal Music Group (UMG)*
Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE)*
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG)*
Verve Label Group* 
Virgin Records*
Warner Bros. Records*
Warner Music Group (WMG)*
Warner/Chappell Music*  
*Indicates Founding Supporter

Artists

2 Chainz*
5SOS*

Jhene Aiko* 
Aminé*
Kassi Ashton*
Baby Goth*
Jesse Baez
Kelsea Ballerini*
J Balvin*
Jon Batiste*
James Bay*
Becky G*
Tony Bennett* 
Dierks Bentley*
Justin Bieber*
Big Sean* 
Bleachers*
Mary J. Blige*
Leon Bridges*
Bishop Briggs* 
Brothers Osborne* 
Caamp*
Calibre 50*
Colbie Caillat*
Alessia Cara* 
Cardi B*
Brandi Carlile*
Cam*
Chance the Rapper*
Kelly Clarkson*
Common*
Jhay Cortez*
Ruth-Anne Cunningham*
Andra Day*
Alvaro Díaz
Deer Tick*
Diplo*
Dispatch*
DVLP*
Arrolladora Banda El Limón*
Banda El Recodo*
Missy Elliott*
Gloria Estefan* 
Sharon Van Etten*
Sara Evans
Ezinma* 
Fall Out Boy*
Fat Joe*
FLETCHER*
Luis Fonsi*
Fuego*
Karol G*
Teddy Geiger* 
Selena Gomez*
Ariana Grande*
Grimes*
Halsey*
Phil Hanseroth*
Tim Hanseroth*
Niall Horan*
Matt Hunter*
Ryan Hurd*
Lauren Jauregui*
Joe Jonas*
Nick Jonas*
Juanes*
Alicia Keys*
Kian*
Emily King*
Diana Krall*
Kungs*
Lady Gaga*
LaFame*
Ray Lamontagne*
John Legend*
Coi Leray*
Little Big Town*
Jennifer Lopez*
Florence and the Machine
Post Malone*
Shirley Manson (Garbage)*
Maroon 5*
Lori McKenna*
Meek Mill*
Shawn Mendes*
Lily Meola*
Metro Boomin*
Julia Michaels*
Milkman
Nacho*
Nicki Minaj*
Steve Moakler*
Janelle Monáe*
Ashley Monroe*
Maren Morris*
MUNA*
Kacey Musgraves*
Lukas Nelson*
Of Monsters and Men*
Old Dominion*
Pearl Jam*
Katy Perry*
Phillip Phillips*
Pink*
Ben Platt*
RAYMIX*
Jessie Reyez*
Bear Rinehart*
Mala Rodriguez*
Maggie Rogers*
Rozzi*
Santigold*
Troye Sivan*
SKY*
Martin Solveig*
Lennon Stella*
Lindsey Stirling*
Taylor Swift*
Tank and the Bangas*
Tegan and Sara*
The Chainsmokers*
The Killers*
The Weeknd*
Meghan Trainor*
Transviolet*
Gloria Trevi*
Carrie Underwood*
Keith Urban*
Usher*
Grace VanderWaal*
WALK THE MOON*
WAPEA*
Michelle Williams*
Pharrell Williams*
X Ambassadors*
YG*
Yo Gotti*
Justin Young*
Sebastian Yatra*
Jeremy Zucker*
*Indicates Founding Supporter

Management

42 Entertainment*
Advanced Alternative Media Inc.* 
Aleen Keshishian & Zack Morgenroth, Lighthouse Management & Media*
Amelia Artists *
Jason Aron and Anthony Li, Halsey Management*
Jonathan Azu, Red Light Management*
Hannah Babitt, This Is Noise Management*
Mark Beaven*
Bailey Blues*
Borman Entertainment*
Will Botwin, Red Light Management*
Scooter Braun & Allison Kaye, SB Project*
Bobby Campbell*
Creative Nation*
Mark Cunningham, Red Light Management*
Kelly Curtis, Curtis Management*
Direct Management*
Ann Edelblute, The HQ*
Jeffrey Evans, Bassline Management*
Foundations Music*
Full Stop Management*
John Geraghty, JPG Projects*
Tracy Gershon*
Adam (Ash) Harrison*
Michele Harrison, Friends at Work*
Andy Kipnes*
Rachel Kurstin, No Expectations Management + Publishing*
Karen Kwak*
Lionfish Entertainment*
Little Underground Management*
Dre London, London Entertainment*
Lindsay Marias, Grit & Magic Entertainment*
Phil McIntyre, PhilyMac*
Mick Management*
Modest! Management*
Morris Higham Management*
Jason Owen, Sandbox*
Quincy Jones Productions*
Rebel One Management*
Red Light Management*
River House Artists*
Guillermo Rosas*
RPM Management*
Sandbox Entertainment*
Seth Kallen, This Fiction*
Shopkeeper Management*
SMACK*
Ty Stiklorius, Friends at Work*
TaP Management*
Three Six Zero*
Triple 8 Management*
XO*
*Indicates Founding Supporter

Agencies, Entertainment Companies, Stakeholders

A2IM (American Association of Independent Music)*

Fabian Marasciullo
Global Music Rights*
Roc Nation*
Lauren Valencia, Roc Nation
She Is The Music*
The Azoff Company*
Beka Tischker, Wide Eyed Entertainment*
William Morris Endeavor*
Women’s Audio Mission*
*Indicates Founding Supporter

 

 

RESOURCES

 

Resources to help identify potential talent or for current talent in need of professional support.

The EQL Directory

Powered by SoundGirls in partnership with Spotify and other organizations, The EQL Directory seeks to bring the industry towards gender parity by uplifting and promoting the work of women and gender nonconforming people. We include all women in our directory, including trans women and people who are non-binary. The searchable directory enables users to showcase their work, market their skills, and reach out to each other for collaboration and networking.

For more information, please visit www.makeiteql.com.

Female Frequency

Female Frequency is a community dedicated to empowering female, transgender & non-binary artists through the creation of music that is entirely female generated.

For more information, please visit www.femalefrequency.com.

Femme House

FEMME HOUSE is an educational platform created to address the lack of representation and equity in electronic music by empowering women to learn the language of the studio. With DJ, producer and label head (of Sofi Tukker’s Animal Talk Collective) LP Giobbi at the helm, we leverage her rich network of artists to lead immersive workshops on practical recording skills—covering everything from using MIDI to how to work with vocalists.

For more information, please visit www.thisisfemmehouse.com.

Gender Amplified

Gender Amplified is a non-profit organization that aims to celebrate women in music production, raise their visibility and develop a pipeline for girls and young women to get involved behind the scenes as music producers. The movement also connects passion for music with technical skills that can be used in a wide range of scientific and arts based fields, areas in which women are traditionally underrepresented.

For more information, please visit www.genderamplified.org.

Girls Make Beats

Girls Make Beats (GMB) Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that empowers girls by expanding the female presence of DJs, Music Producers, and Audio Engineers. GMB works with girls ages 8-17 and hosts educational seminars, summer camps, industry panels and networking events. GMB helps girls further their careers as music producers, DJs, and audio engineers by providing courses on industry leading hardware and software and by offering internships at recording studios as well as Pro Tools certifications.

For more information, please visit www.girlsmakebeats.org.

SHE IS THE MUSIC

SITM is a nonprofit organization increasing the number of women working in music - songwriters, engineers, producers, artists and industry professionals. We are an independent, global network that operates as a unifying organization for women from across the industry, creating strength and impact on a global scale.

For more information, please visit https://sheisthemusic.org/.

shesaid.so

Established in September 2014, the shesaid.so community is international and diverse, comprising of women from all sectors of the music industry: record labels, artist management, bookings, tech, creative and more. shesaid.so started as and continues to be a space where members can openly ask for advice, share jobs and events, announce new projects and build community.

For more information, please visit www.shesaid.so.

Sound Girls

SoundGirls exists to provide a support network for women and non-binary people working in the professional audio industry and to assist those with a drive to be successful in audio. Women make up only 5% of the professional workforce in audio and music production. This profession thrives on word of mouth and networking. SoundGirls gives women working in the industry an opportunity to meet and network with other industry professionals, creating a strong support network.

For more information, please visit www.soundgirls.org.

Women In Music

Women in Music is an organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthens community ties.

For more information, please visit www.womeninmusic.org.

Women's Audio Mission

Women’s Audio Mission is a San Francisco/Oakland-based nonprofit organization that uses music and media and an incredible “carrot” of a training environment – the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women – to attract over 1,500 underserved women and girls every year to STEM and create technology studies that inspire them to amplify their voices and become the innovators of tomorrow.

For more information, please visit www.womensaudiomission.org/hire-a-woman-producer-or-engineer.

Women's International Music Network

The mission of the Women’s International Music Network™ is to create a hub to connect women in all facets of the music industry. You are not alone! Founded in 2012 by Laura B. Whitmore, a veteran marketer of the musical instrument and audio industries, the Women’s International Music Network site hosts news, events, and a community forum for women from all walks of the industry.

For more information, please visit www.TheWiMN.com.

 

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