There’s a new Canadian program designed to encourage woman to become music producers

If you were asked to list some famous female record producers, how many could you name?

Let’s see, there’s Sylvia Massy, ex-Sonic Youth bass player Kim Gordon, and…uh, there’s…um.

You see the problem.

According to the latest research, only 2.1% of the producers who worked on songs in the Billboard Top 100 between 2012 and 2018 were women. Digging deeper into the industry, there’s just one female producer for every 47 men.

Music suffers because of this gender inequity. It’s time for this boys’ club to start admitting more women. And that begins with initiatives to encourage more women to become music producers.

SOCAN, Canada’s performing rights organization, has announced The Equity X Production Mentorship Program. “The program,” says Charlie Wall-Andrews, “strives to address the lack of diverse representation among producers.”

“As many as 25 women and gender minorities will be selected to participate in a three-day retreat where they will gain the capabilities and talent to start their journey to becoming a confident and skilled music producer.”

This retreat will take place January 9-11, 2020 in Toronto. If you’re interested in more information–or if you’re ready to apply for the program, apply, go here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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