Part One : A day in the life of a woman in the Music Industry.

Part One : A day in the life of a woman in the Music Industry.

(Me in my second year of my Music Production Diploma, on a stage I helped to build)

Its been five minutes since I wrote my first blog post and here I go again. It must be a particularly motivated evening for me so why stop at one post ?
If you haven't read my first post ‘Who am I ?’ then you may not know that Im particularly enthusiastic on music and feminism, so when the two cross streams (ignore the cheesy Ghostbusters reference) I couldn't be more excited to pour out my ideas and opinions. 

I’ve heard it all from “Women belong in the kitchen, not a recording studio” to “Girls just aren't strong enough to lift that kind of equipment (says a closeted sexist about quite a small guitar amp that almost anyone is capable of lifting)”. 
It’s tough to get on in any line of work when you hear negative comments about your gender/sex being ‘unable’ to carry out a certain job role, especially when these comments are 100% of the time either false or just plain ridiculous.
In the music industry, its apparently somewhat surprising to see a woman, such as myself, operating a sound desk or even creating the best beat on a drum kit, but why ?
I’ve tried to figure this out by researching ‘women in the music industry’ online countless times but have never received an exact answer or at least one that defines it from my perspective, hence the creation of this article.

I want others to learn it from a local perspective such as my own, and from others around me both male and female. 
This article is part of an in-depth study that believe it or not, I started a year ago in the second year of my Music Production Diploma as part of my ‘special subject investigation’.
As a part of this assignment, I researched the history, development and progression of women in music and interviewed members of my class about their ideas on the subject. 
As well as this I interviewed female sound engineers, female musicians and performers to get an idea on how they've experienced sexism in the industry and how they think people should target it, so that we can once and for all end these rubbish experiences.
I also did research into projects and movements set up to help women in the music and performance industry, such as ‘Sound Girls’ and how the national Art’s Council are now offering funding to women aiming to develop within the music industry.

To say the least, I was inspired by my research but couldn't help but feel as though I had to carry on studying the topic. Not only to broaden my understanding of why sexism exists in this industry but to change the minds of all (if not a few) the people who think that women aren't an essential, vital part of this fantastic industry.

My ultimate end goal : To change the industry as it formally exists. It’s no longer a ‘man’s club’ and in fact, never has been. We need to change our prehistoric perspectives on gender roles as a whole society, not just in music, but its definitely such a great place to start.

Most of you will realise that the title of this argument states ‘Part One’, because this is merely the beginning of a journey that I intend to make to change so many peoples understandings on the existence of women in this industry.
On this blog you’ll be able to find regular this subject as I have a lot lined up for this article. Including interviews with some of the most inspiring women in music that I know, my experiences and developments as female sound engineer and the progress of the projects that have been set up to help women in the music industry, some of which I hope to be a part of over the course of the next few months/years. 

For now, however, I hope you've enjoyed this introduction and if theres anything else that you’d like to know then by all means get in touch.


Abby :)

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