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.
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.
Alex da Kid
Eman (Emanuel Kiriakou)
Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins
Leslie Ann Jones
Banda Los Sebastianes
Juan de Dios Martín
Luis “Dro1dz” Salazar
Andres Torres & Mauricio Rengifo
Dion “No I.D.” Wilson
Big Loud Records
Big Machine Label Group
Blue Note Records
Born to Fly Records
Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG)
Capitol Records Nashville
Craig Dunn, Collective Artist Management
Def Jam Recordings, Inc.
Disney Music Group (DMG)
Interscope Geffen A&M
Kill Rock Stars
Mass Appeal Records
River House Artists
Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian)
Sony Music Latin Iberia Region
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Universal Music Group (UMG)
Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE)
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG)
Verve Label Group
Warner Bros. Records
Warner Music Group (WMG)
Mary J. Blige
Chance the Rapper
Arrolladora Banda El Limón
Banda El Recodo
Sharon Van Etten
Fall Out Boy
Little Big Town
Florence and the Machine
Shirley Manson (Garbage)
Of Monsters and Men
Tank and the Bangas
Tegan and Sara
WALK THE MOON
Advanced Alternative Media Inc.
Aleen Keshishian & Zack Morgenroth, Lighthouse Management & Media
Jason Aron and Anthony Li, Halsey Management
Jonathan Azu, Red Light Management
Hannah Babitt, This Is Noise Management
Will Botwin, Red Light Management
Scooter Braun & Allison Kaye, SB Project
Mark Cunningham, Red Light Management
Kelly Curtis, Curtis Management
Ann Edelblute, The HQ
Jeffrey Evans, Bassline Management
Full Stop Management
John Geraghty, JPG Projects
Adam (Ash) Harrison
Michele Harrison, Friends at Work
Rachel Kurstin, No Expectations Management + Publishing
Little Underground Management
Dre London, London Entertainment
Lindsay Marias, Grit & Magic Entertainment
Phil McIntyre, PhilyMac
Morris Higham Management
Jason Owen, Sandbox
Quincy Jones Productions
Rebel One Management
Red Light Management
River House Artists
Seth Kallen, This Fiction
Ty Stiklorius, Friends at Work
Three Six Zero
Triple 8 Management
Global Music Rights
Lauren Valencia, Roc Nation
She Is The Music
The Azoff Company
Beka Tischker, Wide Eyed Entertainment
William Morris Endeavor
Women’s Audio Mission
Resources to help identify potential talent or for current talent in need of professional support.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 (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.
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/.
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.
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.
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://the7percent.us.
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 (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 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.
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.