Women Music Producers
Where & When –
Although many of the world's leading artists are female, the same level of prominence cannot be seen behind the scenes. The people who allow an artist’s song ideas to become a reality are very rarely women. The music industry has been striving to create a more equal balance between men and women and has been somewhat successful, yet producers, sound engineers and technicians are almost all men. But why? Is it the common problem that many women have faced over the years, of entering into a boy’s club. Often, male dominated roles can become quite intimidating for women if there is a certain kind of atmosphere present. Or does the problem originate in a lack of education and a lack of desire?
Susan Rogers (ex-engineer for Prince who now teaches engineering and production, as well as psychology and music cognition in Boston) said in an interview with BBC that in her psychology modules, the male/female split is around 50/50, yet in her engineering and production modules, only 1 in 10 students was female. So what needs to change to level the playing fields within this area? Does the testosterone fuelled culture need to be eradicated within the music industry, or do we need to target the very root of the problem and educate more young people on opportunities within production and engineering so that these roles become a more viable career path for both men and women.