Women In The Mix: Producer & Engineering Inclusion Initiative

 

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

To ignite industry-wide commitment to solving this severe inequality, Women in the Mix was launched in 2019. 

The Initiative asks that at least two women are considered in 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 Women in the Mix. Below is a list of the founding employers, but the list has since grown to over 650. The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative is studying the data to monitor compliance to the pledge and results are included in their annual study of females in popular music.

We hope you too will join us - CLICK HERE to pledge.

Producers

Josh Abraham
Ryan Adams
John Alagia
Alex da Kid
Andrei
Jack Antonoff
Jennie Armon
Roberta Arnold
Banda Los Sebastianes
Cristy Barber
Jess Bartlet
Delia Beatriz
Dave Beatty
Lenise Bent
Jeff Bhasker
Aaron Birdsall
BloodPop
Evan Bogart
Carl Borden
Linda Briceño
Elle Brigida
Darrell Brown
Richard Burgess
Robert Calton
Fernando Camacho
René Camacho
Dave Cobb
Victoria Cordero
Brandon Creed
John Cuniberti
Jennifer Decilveo
Juan de Dios Martin
Diplo
Catherine Duc
Sam Dyson
Lynne Earls
Dawn Elder
Maria Elisa Ayerbe
Mike Elizondo
Eman (Emanuel Kiriakou)
Emilio Estefan
Dana Fakhoury
Bobby Ferrari
Elisa Fisher
Ryan Freeland
Daniel Galindo
Denise Gentilini
Valerie Ghent
Bt Gibbs
Maria Gomez
Roxanne Gomez
Lachlan Goold
Ludwig Göransson
Igor Gorbunov
Andrés Granda
Dave Gross
Robin Hannibal
Hart
Derrick Harvin
Ruth Hertz
Ben Holst
Alex Hope
Sam House
Dann Huff
Vanessa Jackson
Jimmy Jam
James C.
Nyx Jesmani
Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins
Tyler Johnson
Leslie Ann Jones
Lisa Kida
Larry Klein
Chris Knudson
Konfusia
Savan Kotecha
Diana Krall
Kamilo Kratc
Sebastian Krys
Greg Kurstin
Jochen Kux
Luke Laird
Emily Lazar
Daniel Ledwell
Ashley Levy
Delanie Leyden
Frank Liddell
Melisha Linnell
Joel Lizárraga
Poncho Lizárraga
Glenn Lorbecki
Enu Majek
Claire Marie
McKinley Marshall
Juan de Dios Martín
Max Martin
Tucker Martine
Audrey Martinovich
Sylvia Massy
Shane McAnally
Charlie McClean
Chris Messina
Blake Mills
Kevin Moyer
MUNA
Edén Muñoz
Angela Newkirk
Adam Novodor
Carla Olson
Jonathan Padilla
Pat Patten
Ana Paula
Cheryl Pawelski
Linda Perry
Ron Perry
Lara Persia
Joram Pinxteren
Angela Piva
Saúl Plata
Jonathan Plum
Charlie Post
Ana Quiroga
Chris Rahm
Salaam Remi
Mauricio Rengifo
Maggie Rogers
Mark Ronson
Mick Rose
Glenn Rosenstein
Raphael Saadiq
Luis “Dro1dz” Salazar
Santigold
Cassandra Shankman
D'Anna Shields
Roy Silverstein
Pascale Snoeck
Kathy Sommer
SoundGirls Productions
Paul Speer
Jack Splash
Michael Starita
Swagernauts
Taylor Swift
Tina Tchen
Ryan Tedder
Vaneese Thomas
Cedric Thompson
Jesús Tirado
Andres Torres & Mauricio Rengifo
TRAKGIRL
Kelly Tsai
Fieke van
Gabriel Vigliensoni
Diane Walsh
Drew Waters
Pharrell Williams
Dan Wilson
Dion “No I.D.” Wilson
Terri Winston
Hilton Wright
Guillermo Zepeda

Labels

 

Michele Anthony, Universal Music Group
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
Binta Brown, Big Mouth Records
Ken Bunt, Disney Music Group
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
Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records
Rani Hancock, Sire Records
Harvest Records
Interscope Geffen A&M
Island Records
Jamhuri Events
Michelle Jubelirer, Capitol Music Group
Allison Kaye, SB Project/Ithaca Holdings
KidzBop
Kill Rock Stars
Joshua Mancuso, BMG
Mass Appeal Records
MCA Nashville
Golda McCormack, Concord Music Group
Gabrielle Mella, Reversed Tornado
Mercury Nashville
Mom+Pop
Monument Records
Motown Records
Omnivore Recordings
RCA Records
RCA Nashville
Republic Records
River House Artists
RL Recordings
Portia Sabin, Kill Rock Stars
Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian)
Sire Records
Sony Music Latin Iberia Region
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Julie Swidler, Sony Music
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
Nan Warshaw, Bloodshot Records
Carolyn Williams, RCA Records  

Artists

2 Chainz
5SOS

Aruna Abrams
Jhene Aiko
Egypt Ali
Alperan Akpinar
Stephanie Alexa
Briana Alexis
Aminé
Marco Antonio
Aderonke Ariyo
Lucy Arnell
Kassi Ashton
Baby Goth
Jesse Baez
Kelsea Ballerini
J Balvin
Jon Batiste
James Bay
Becky G
Belinda
Viviana Benitez
Claire Bennett
Tony Bennett
Dierks Bentley
Alissia Benveniste
Jocelyn Bernal
Justin Bieber
Big Sean
Bleachers
Mary J. Blige
Shakari "TRAKGIRL" Boles
Gregg Bowman
Leon Bridges
Bishop Briggs
Susana Brochado
Brothers Osborne
Bryant K.
Janelle Burdelle
Steve Bursky
Caamp
Calibre 50
Colbie Caillat
Alessia Cara
Cardi B
Brandi Carlile
Cam
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper
Lee Chapman
Eline Chavez
Annie Chen
Molly Cherryholmes
Chiara
Christin
Andrea Cichecki
Kelly Clarkson
Cass Clayton
Amanda Colleen
Common
Jhay Cortez
Ruth-Anne Cunningham
Sha Davis
Andra Day
Lili del Sol
Alexandra Denton
Alvaro Díaz
Casey Dienel
Deer Tick
Diplo
Dispatch
Jamie Donnelly
DVLP
Amber Early
Arrolladora Banda El Limón
Banda El Recodo
Missy Elliott
Laura Escudé
Gloria Estefan
Sara Evans
Kai Exos
Ezinma
Mat Falcon
Fall Out Boy
Fat Joe
Gina Figueroa
Aengus Finnan
FLETCHER
Florence and the Machine
Jaha Floyd
Luis Fonsi
Fuego
Teddy Geiger
Alicia Gomez
Selena Gomez
Xavier Gonzalez
Ariana Grande
Grimes
Philip Hall
Halsey
Phil Hanseroth
Tim Hanseroth
Anne Harper
Catherine "SassyBlack" Harris-White
Carla Hassett
KP Hawthorn
Gracie Hays
John Henry
Pepe Hernandez
Sharonda Hill
Whitney Hogan
Lynda Billie Holiday Jr.
Honey Child
Niall Horan
Courtney Horton
Jack Hummel
Matt Hunter
Ryan Hurd
Yanna Indiia
Laura Jane
Janique
Lauren Jauregui
Ben Jayne
Celina Jennée
Jenny
Jessica
Kathryn Johnson
JoJo Siwa
Joe Jonas
Nick Jonas
Esjay Jones
Kim Jordan
Juanes
Danielle Juhre
Flaviya Kaklyugina
Karol G
Nancy Kaye
Alicia Keys
Kian
The Killers
Emily King
Diana Krall
Kungs
Lady Gaga
LaFame
Ray Lamontagne
Marenikae Lasode
John Legend
Coi Leray
Xaina Lerner
Little Big Town
Dacil Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
The M Company
Shirley Manson (Garbage)
Maroon 5
Mariah Maxwell
Lori McKenna
Meek Mill
Melissa B.
Shawn Mendes
Lily Meola
Metro Boomin
Julia Michaels
Eve Michelson
Milkman
Jen Miller
Katherine Miller
Nicki Minaj
MISZ
Steve Moakler
Janelle Monáe
Ashley Monroe
Maren Morris
MUNA
Kelly Murray
Kacey Musgraves
Nacho
Lukas Nelson
Lauren Nicole
Of Monsters and Men
Old Dominion
Lisa Patterson
Sophie Payten
Pearl Jam
Steve Perrino
Katy Perry
Phillip Phillips
Pink
Ben Platt
Post Malone
Angela Predhomme
Noah Pugliano
RAYMIX
Jessie Reyez
Bear Rinehart
Alexandria Rios
Mala Rodriguez
Maggie Rogers
Rozzi
Rodrigo Ruiz
Ana Sannella
Charles Sano
Santigold
Alan Saucedo
Danita Scott
Freya Seeburger
Sharlene
Marcella Simien
Troye Sivan
SKY
Rodrigo Soares
Martin Solveig
Jason Soudah
Ali Starrlight
Lennon Stella
Lindsey Stirling
Maya Stolkiner
Lena Sutter
Taylor Swift
Niamh Sygrove
Tank and the Bangas
Tegan and Sara
Sarah Tejada
Syreeta Thompson
Tony Thompson
Therese Tofting
Meghan Trainor
Jennifer Trainum
Transviolet
Sean Tre
Gloria Trevi
Romee Ulven
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban
Usher
Sharon Van Etten
Grace VanderWaal
Kameelah Waheed
WALK THE MOON
Jock Wanamaker
Wande
WAPEA
The Weeknd
Jenda Wight
Jimmy Wilkens
Michelle Williams
Pharrell Williams
Willow Hawks and the Sonder Bombs
Whitney Wolanin
Renah Wolzinger
X Ambassadors
Ximena
Al Yankee
Sebastian Yatra
YG
Yo Gotti
Justin Young
Zara
Brandy Zdan
Jeremy Zucker

Management

42 Entertainment
Bee Anais
Advanced Alternative Media Inc.
Aleen Keshishian & Zack Morgenroth, Lighthouse Management & Media
Amelia Artists 
Jason Aron and Anthony Li, Halsey Management
Jeff Azoff, Harry Styles Manager
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
George Couri, Triple 8 Management
Creative Nation
Mark Cunningham, Red Light Management
Kelly Curtis, Curtis Management
Joe D'Ambrosio Management
Direct Management
Ann Edelblute, The HQ
Jeffrey Evans, Bassline Management
Foundations Music
Full Stop Management
John Geraghty, JPG Projects
Tracy Gershon
Autumn Greenfield
Adam (Ash) Harrison
Michele Harrison, Friends at Work
Joi Rhone Presents
Andy Kipnes
Rachel Kurstin, No Expectations Management + Publishing
Karen Kwak
Anthony Li, Halsey Management
Lionfish Entertainment
Little Underground Management
Dre London, London Entertainment
David Macias, Thirty Tigers
Lindsay Marias, Grit & Magic Entertainment
Michael McDonald, Mick Management
Adrian McGruther, su:ku:ya artist management
Phil McIntyre, PhilyMac
Mick Management
Modest! Management
Zach Morgenroth, Lighthouse Management
Morris Higham Management
Lynn Oliver-Cline, Luke Combs Management
Jason Owen, Sandbox
Quincy Jones Productions
Faith Raphael
Rebel One Management
Red Light Management
River House Artists
Guillermo Rosas
RPM Management
Sandbox Entertainment
Seth Kallen, This Fiction
Shopkeeper Management
Cynthia Simien, 965 Music Group
SMACK
Ty Stiklorius, Friends at Work
TaP Management
Three Six Zero
Triple 8 Management
Janet Weir, Red Light Management
Dean Wilson, deadmau5 Manager
Giselle Fernandez, Creative World Management
XO

Agencies, Entertainment Companies, Stakeholders

A2IM (American Association of Independent Music)

Erica Almeida, Talent Coordinator Electronic Arts
Amilcar PRO, CREATE.Digital Music
Jocelyn Arem, Arbo Radiko
Yael Benamour, Your Music Company
Global Music Rights
Maria Gonzales, NOMEX - Nordic Music Trade Commission
Sandra Kratc, Soundworks Recording
Beth Laird, Creative Nation
Rebeca Leon, Lionfish Entertainment
Fabian Marasciullo
Elizabeth Matthews, CEO ASCAP
Thomas Mcdonough, Music Noises LLC
Gina Miller, Entertainment One Nashville
Lana Miller, Live Nation Entertainment
Christine Occhino, Elise Music Group
Chandra Purnell, Step Into My Cipher Entertainment LLC
Roc Nation
Rachel Rossos
Silvia Samalea, Lanfranco Music
She Is The Music
The Azoff Company
Beka Tischker, Wide Eyed Entertainment
Lauren Valencia, Roc Nation
William Morris Endeavor
Women’s Audio Mission

Additional Stakeholders

Valentina Alvarez
Gimena Barcenas
Andrea Baxter
Khadeeja Burage
Norma Durán
Rosemarie Faith
Michèle Vice-Maslin, Sweetersongs & Mob Force Productions
Karen Gabriela
Leann Geldenhuys
Daisy Guzman
Alessandra Hill
Latonya Hill
Shannon Hurley
Danielle Inez
Mayra Jiménez
Hazel Kari
Alan Krueger
Debra Lee
Marisha N
Laurine Metais
Jessica Minch
Miss AM
Moses
Nikolova
Julieth Noelia
Oak
Lisiane Oliveira
Emmanouel Ollandezos
Andrea Otero
Pamela Patino
Chambrai Pendergrass
Kobi Pham
Jon Pierre
Thomas Powers
Luisa Quijano
Michael Rome
Renee Roozlan
Claris Sayadian-Dodge
Julie Schuhcard
Sofia
Napoleon Stevens
Cory Summers
Svetlana
Nancy Tarr
William Thomas
Michal Tuček
Tweedie
Sue Verran
Word386
Pat Zepeda

 

 

RESOURCES

 

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

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

The vision of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative's Music Coalition is to create diversity and inclusion in the music industry. The mission of the coalition is to engage and work with leaders and executives in the music space to cultivate an inclusive industry culture and business practices that advance equality among artists, musicians, and employees. Guided by the individuals and expertise behind the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, The Music Coalition will leave a lasting global footprint on consumers by ensuring that music is openly accessible to all.

For more information, please visit https://annenberg.usc.edu/research/aii.

Beats By Girlz

Built in response to a workshop piloted in 2011 and initially developed at The Lower Eastside Girls Club in NYC, Beats By Girlz is designed to empower young women in music technology by providing them with the guidance, access, tools and role-support to develop their interest (and ultimately their ability to pursue career opportunities) in music production, composition, engineering, etc. The Beats By Girlz curriculum is available for licensing in schools and communities, regardless of classroom gender or gender balance. Gratis licenses will be given to schools who offer free or scholarship based programming to the communities. We also work with and support our direct partners who create their own Beats By Girlz chapters in their own communities.

For further information about getting Beat By Girlz into your community please reach out to beatsbygirlz@gmail.com.

Billboard Women in Music

Billboard Women in Music is an annual event held by Billboard with a companion site that serves as a year-round aggregate of key Women in Music news. The event's main award is titled Woman of the Year, established to recognize women in the music industry who have made significant contributions to the business and who, through their work and continued success, inspire generations of women to take on increasing responsibilities within the field.

For more information, please visit www.billboard.com/women-in-music.

Change The Conversation

Change The Conversation is a coalition of women from various music backgrounds who are working together to improve the environment for female artists in country music. We strive to banish the myths and misconceptions that exist regarding female artists in the genre. We want to fight inequality with truth to create an equal playing field in country music. Leslie Fram, Tracy Gershon & Beverly Keel are the group's founders.

For more information, please visit www.Changetheconversation.net. Inquiries & Info: officialchangetheconvo@gmail.com

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.

THE 7%

With women accounting for less than 7% of producers and engineers, The 7% is a series designed to highlight and create a safe haven for women in music. We are creating a unified and inclusive platform to craft solutions while building and strengthening the community.

For more information, please visit https://twitter.com/the7percentus?lang=en.

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 Produce Music

Women Produce Music (WPM) is an artist and producer led non-profit founded by composer producer Katia Isakoff, to promote and support the activities of music-makers, producers and audio engineers through a series of collaborative projects and initiatives.

For more information, please visit www.WomenProduceMusic.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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