Women remain a minority in most areas of the Catalan music industry


The female presence in the Catalan music industry – of 33% – and the role of women in many areas of the music sector is a minority, and these do not get to professionalize their musical studies, as constanta constana the "Anuari de la Música 2019 »presented this Friday by the Grup Enderrock and the Association of Representatives, Promoters and Managers of Catalonia (ARC).

According to the study, although female voices have doubled their presence in Catalan festivals in the last three years, they only represent 23%, a figure that rises to 38% if the mixed groups are added. The Bioritme, the Guitar BCN and the Primavera Sound head the contests that have opted for parity, according to the same study. On the other hand, the festivals where the number of women is lowest are RockFest, Canet Rock, Vida, Cap Roig and Camping Jove.

These data contrast with the more than 1,500 women and mixed formations that are recording discs in the Catalan-speaking territories, a figure that shows that the female presence in the sector is relevant, has valued the editorial director of the Anuari, Lluís Gendrau.

"Women are aware of gender discrimination from a very young age and if they do not decide to dedicate themselves professionally to music it is because they see no way out or are not encouraged to do so," said the president of Women in the Music Industry. (MIM), Carmen Zapata, who believes that "musical education is the great obstacle to be overcome in order to achieve a more normalized and equal situation in the world of work".

Thus, while in the centers of elementary music and professional degree the presence of women – in students and teachers – is close to parity, or even exceeds it, the figures are reduced in higher education to 38% of female students, compared to to 23% of teachers.

At an industrial level, the number of women entrepreneurs in management companies, wards and seals is 16%, despite the fact that female staff reaches 38%. 18% of women are in charge of music halls and only 14% are directors of live music companies or record companies.

In general terms, the Catalan music industry is recovering from the impact of the economic crisis, but it depends on the "capacity and effort" of private companies, a trend that contrasts with the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community. During the last years, the festivals of the Catalan-speaking territory have seen a moderate growth in attendees, and it is worth noting the increase in the audience of theaters (it grows by 9%) and the musical circuits (by 14%). (tagsToTranslate) women (t) continue (t) being (t) minority (t) industry


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