In response to the outrage from artists and festival goers alike at the lack of diversity and gender balance in music festivals, 45 events from across the world have pledged to ensure their lineups are at a 50/50 split by 2022.
The project is coming from UK’s PRS and their foundation Keychange, an organisation aimed at empowering women to make positive change in the music industry.
If you are all about making our lineups more diverse here in Australia then this is an initiative you should be getting around, because who doesn’t love the women in our music industry?
Festivals in North America, Sweden and the UK are all on board, including Canada’s BreakOut West and North by North East, New York’s Winter Jazzfest and A2IM Indie Week, and the BBC Proms, Kendal Calling, Sŵn, and Liverpool Sound City in the UK.
Speaking of the project, PRS Foundation CEO Vanessa Reed issued the following statement:
“Our focus on gender equality in 2018 aligns with the centenary for some women being given the vote in the UK. 100 years on, the push for gender parity across society continues and with increased public awareness of inequalities across the creative industries we have an opportunity to respond and commit to tangible change in music.”