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How big is the gender gap in music? Big. Disturbingly big.

Last.fm–yes, they are still around–went through 16 years of music awards and music festivals to see where female artists stand vs. their male counterparts. We knew that the gender gap was big, but this infographic brings us face-to-face with the stark reality.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “How big is the gender gap in music? Big. Disturbingly big.

  • There’s nothing disturbing about this. You know why the gender gap is so big when it comes to festival headliners? Because male artists get more people to concerts than female artists. That’s a fact. In 2017, ALL of the artists in the Top 10 worldwide tours of that year were male, and 16 1/2 of the Top 20 were male. That’s not sexism, that’s just what the people, men and women, want.

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