New York City has long been a place where the industry has always been dominated by men, and a new survey by the Recording Industry Association of America suggests that’s not the case anymore.
While the industry’s female audience continues to grow at a steady clip, a new poll suggests that the industry still isn’t welcoming new women.
The RIAA survey of 1,096 people ages 18 to 50 found that the gender divide has never been wider in music, but that’s changing.
Only 29% of respondents said they consider themselves a woman, down from 42% last year, and only 37% said they would consider a career change.
The rest of respondents had a variety of reasons for their reluctance to take a stand: They were concerned about losing their job; they were worried about financial responsibility; they didn’t want to be seen as “overly macho”; or they were looking for other careers.
But while the number of women who said they’d consider career changes dropped, they also saw opportunities for them to be a part of the music industry.
“In the last five years, the gender gap in the industry hasn’t gotten any bigger,” said RIAAs Chief Economist Michael Pachter, who is also a contributing editor at the website Billboard.com.
You can go to your local music store and pick up a record, or you can go on YouTube and watch artists doing what they love to do, or to go to an online concert, and see the whole spectrum of music available.” “
I think a lot of it has to do with how people are able to access music in the first place.
You can go to your local music store and pick up a record, or you can go on YouTube and watch artists doing what they love to do, or to go to an online concert, and see the whole spectrum of music available.”
The survey found that men were most likely to say they’d take a career break because they’re “too busy” or “too focused on work” while women were most often asked if they consider music a career.
While women make up only about 10% of the population, they account for roughly half of all independent record labels, and they’re now the largest group of new record labels.
They’ve also gained ground in the music business in the past decade.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, the number and share of women in the United States has increased by 17% over the past five years.
But Pachthaus says there are still a lot more barriers to entry in the male-dominated music business, such as a lack of access to music training and a lack-of-industry-support culture.
“It’s not that women are not in music,” Pachthers said.
That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important that the music community has a diversified and diverse workforce, which is not the same as women in general, as there are more of us, but we’re not necessarily as talented, as skilled, as motivated as men.” “
So there are a lot barriers that men and women in music have to deal with.
That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important that the music community has a diversified and diverse workforce, which is not the same as women in general, as there are more of us, but we’re not necessarily as talented, as skilled, as motivated as men.”
The number of young female artists is on the rise The survey of RIAAS respondents also found that more young women are interested in the business than their male counterparts, which Pachthroes says is a sign of a changing industry.
But the number who said that was also down from 2015, which was the last year the survey was conducted.
The numbers don’t lie, Pachtner said.
Young women were also more likely than older women to have attended college and be working full-time in music production, which may have been a factor in the drop in female participation.
Pachtrus said that there is a lot that still needs to be done to bring women into the industry, but he said the industry should be more proactive in trying to reach out to them.
“The industry has been working on that for a long time,” he said.
“The question is, can they do it on their own?”
He said that in 2017, the RIAAA did a report that found that nearly 30% of musicians were male, while only 13% of women are in the profession.
“There’s no question that the number [of women] has gone up,” he added.
“That’s the big challenge that we’re going to have to address is trying to bring them into the business, which takes time and a lot time.”
Pachthy said that the survey doesn’t paint a complete picture of the industry but that it does shed light on some of the issues that are still on the table.
For example, there’s still a lack and a shortage of mentors, Pacheter said.
And it’s a challenge that is still present in a lot different industries.
For instance, the music-industries training industry has struggled to find a suitable mentor for young musicians. Pichthy