Today is International Women’s Day and it’s exciting to see that a new initiative by Canada’s National Arts Centre is cutting through gender imbalance in the music industry. And thanks to export office Sounds Australia, six Aussie artists are on-board.
The Global Network for Female-Identifying Music Producers is the new virtual and global project, offering 25 female-identifying studio producers and beatmakers from five countries the chance to meet, network and discuss their ideas, and overcome systemic barriers faced in the industry.
The initiative has been spearheaded by First Nations Exports Producer Leah Flanagan and led by Heather Gibson, Executive Producer of Popular Music and Variety at Canada’s National Arts Centre.
With the underrepresentation of women in the industry high on their minds (something explored powerfully in the recent documentary Underplayed), the leaders have launched the new network intending to create something that puts female-identifying producers first.
President and CEO of Canada’s National Arts Centre Christopher Deacon says the centre is committed to offering more opportunities for producers.
“Through this initiative, we hope to make a real difference to female-identifying music producers, and champion accessibility and inclusion in this crucial part of the music industry” he said.
Now, the network is already shaping up, with international partners in Argentina, Estonia and Sweden joining Canada and Australia.
The six talented Australian producers involved are Antonia Gauci, Becki Whitton, Candice Lorrae, Jane Aurora, Kween G and Milan Ring (pictured).
Find more information about the program HERE