THE CONVERSATION

BE PART OF THE CHANGE 

BE PART OF THE MOVEMENT 

BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION

Imagine standing in the door to a room, full of noise. It just sounds like chatter, there are no sentences, no words, just noise.

 You step in and you start to hear them, the news, the media, the online critics and article headlines. They dominate the room, they are the ambience you can hear within the room…but that’s the first layer…it’s still chatter.

Now if you took the time to walk around you’ll start hearing the important stuff, the opinions, the real conversation you need to hear. Unless you really immerse yourself in the conversation all you’re going to hear is chatter, if you stand in the doorway all you’re going to hear is noise.

But if you start moving into the room you can move through the stages of hearing what’s going on. You start to see what’s happening behind the scenes, start to hear what people are actually saying about the industry.

You start to realise how many people would just hear the noise and move on or maybe even just hear what the News channels are talking about. How many would actually take the time to hear what people are saying?

You might think I’m trying to hear a negative response but my questions have been designed to make people think and to try and draw out the different opinions! That’s how a conversation works! 

Hear for yourself below

The answers will fascinate you

Composer &
Musician

Hastings , UK

Student Composer and Musician, currently studying Music and Technology for Film and Game writing in a variety of styles but specialising in writing
World Music.

It’s a weird feeling. Theres no evident discrimination but the numbers don’t lie? Whats going on? 

Theres an outdated opinion sticking around!

‘I don’t think assumptions are made about us…it’s just that we are very much under the radar’

Composer &
Musician

London, UK

Student Musician studying Music in Hertfordshire with a particular interest and passion for the importance of having
Musical education
within schools.

Learning to ‘Shut up’ or picking battles isn’t something someone should be feeling!  

Why does she feel like she is described before her talent? Why does she feel like a statistic? 

 ‘I’m not a FEMALE composer, I’m just a composer that happens to be female’

Composer &
Musician

Wales , UK

Student Composer and Musician currently studying Music and Technology for Film and Game Developing a distinctive Orchestral and Electronic
Sound.

Recognition and understanding  factors within the industry that might be contributing towards the problem.

People like this will change the world! 

There’s not enough being done to promote and represent women in these industries’ 

Composer & Instrumentalist

North London, UK

Student Composer and Instrumentalist, writing for a variety of styles such as Ensemble, Stage,
Film &
Videogame.

Encouragement. Encouragement. Encouragement. 

We need to be making sure that roles are noticed…not gender.

Let’s focus more on the talent!

‘…equality is a balance between ALL people and i think we need to remember that’

 

Composer, Producer & Musician

North London, UK

Lives and Works in London, as a Technician for a Tech company.
He works as a Composer, Musician and Producer
in his part time.

Everyone is fighting for the same thing.

Lots of people think there isn’t a problem…but also have the sense that there is….

Throw that rulebook out the window! 

‘It will take forward thinking people, people who like to upset the status quo’

 

Composer & Sound Designer

London, UK

Assisstant Course Manager for ThinkSpace Education, creating bespoke audio and music for film, game and Television.
www.skylarkmusic.org

Composer

Australia

A well established composer, with a passion and involvement for gender equality within the music industry, internationally! Travelling around the world to share her knowledge!

It’s not an outdated opinion! Theres still this unconscious bias floating around but we have also progressed? Why can’t we talk more about it! 

Theres a structure that people are comfortable with but we need to push past that!

 ‘We have a duty to go and find out what women are doing and take a chance on Women ‘

 

what do you think of the Conversation?

Where the hell are all the women? That’s the question but don’t worry this isn’t a long list of problems, there is a light at the end of the tunnel just keep reading…I promise it will get better 

I asked people a series of questions, tried to spark a conversation within them, spark new opinions and the contrast is definitely clear. So many questions buzzed around my head but I settled on leading questions, bringing up topics to see if any disagreements arose and get some movement happening. One question just shot to the top.

What’s with all the conflicting opinions? I thought everyone had a clear vision here? 

Of course everyone agrees that women don’t belong in the kitchen…that’s an obvious unless you want the wrath of every woman in hearing distance to crush you… but why is it that one female composer found that discrimination was clear as day and active in their lives but another found it was the work of female composers playing the victim. 

Lots of people feel held back by an aspect of their lives, gender, sexual orientation or class. A lot feel like they have been pushed into a box and the thing that holds them back are a conditioned minds of different levels of people within the industry, keeping people in the past meaning that modern-minded and forward-thinking people have to push up through the ranks to make those steps of change that are desperately needed within the industry.

People know two normalities. The normality that there’s a boys club within the industry, men making all the decisions and women falling into not being recognised being put into a box. The other normality being that a change isn’t needed because the change has happened and almost happened too far…maybe feminism gone too far but that women are equal to men and that the change doesn’t need any extra noise. 

People are in the middle of these normalities. 

Some are fully either way but most are stuck in the middle not knowing what is happening. How is it that just over 100 years after the vote for women that there are still classic stories emerging of harassment and unequal pay and the weird balance of people calling you bossy or bitchy and confident and assertive. 

Why is it that if you asked people to name a composer they are eager to jump to names such as Hans Zimmer but Wendy Carlos, a distinguished female composer is barely recognised.

Are people fighting to be heard through the noise? Are people shouting only to be told to calm down or be less of a diva?

Everyone wants to be taken seriously for their work in the music industry, gender doesn’t come into that, but why is it that after all this time there is still the lingering sense that something isn’t right…something hasn’t quite changed enough. 

Don’t get me wrong, the music industry has changed in leaps with recognition for minority composers, generally, opinions wouldn’t change if people found out a score had been composed by someone of a different gender, but why is there still this contrast of opinions?

Why have I found that people tend to give unequal credit to the male ranking composer, for a co-composed piece with an equally talented female composer? Of course, there are exceptions but from initial creation to production there seems to be a  disproportionate amount of credit given where it may not be due. 

There’s just been a simple lack of balance everywhere.

BUT WAIT…..THERE IS GOOD NEWS 

2018 has actually been a fantastic year for gender equality within the industry. In February 2018, 45 Musical Festivals pledged to achieve a 50/50 gender balance by 2022, an ambitious but achievable goal if we actually put our minds to it and let’s keep it that way. Even though there are sections of the industry that are in a grave imbalance of gender, its a step. It’s a HUGE step and even though I’m not saying we should walk slowly to balance…it will show everyone that it can be done! 

So get out there and find the women behind the scenes, find the women that are working their tits off but just aren’t getting the recognition or publicity they deserve. It all changes with a simple share of a track or a shout-out. It all starts with you even if you don’t consider yourself part of the music industry you’re still important to the conversation that can start the change to a better balance. 

 

95%
OF CONCERTS HAVING MUSIC COMPOSED ONLY BY MEN

DID YOU KNOW...

In the 81 years that the Academy has given out awards, women have been nominated just 7 times in score categories

45.3

45.4% – 49.1% 

PERCENTAGE RISE OF THE PROPORTION OF WOMEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY BETWEEN 

2016-2018 

(FROM 3000 SURVEY RESPONSES)  

DID YOU KNOW...

Of 117 scripted primetime network TV shows airing in the 2017-2018 season with an original score, a total of 7 list a woman as their composer.

97.6%
OF CLASSIAL AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PERFORMED IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS, WAS WRITTEN BY MEN

KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING.

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