16 May 2016
Music Victoria is continuing its commitment to gender diversity within the state's contemporary music sector by adopting a policy to ensure at least 40% participation by women in the organisation's activities.
The peak body's new policy responds to the findings of its 2015 survey 'Women in the Victorian Contemporary Music Industry'.
More than three hundred women responded to the survey with findings identifying that pay inequality is one of the key obstacles for women working in the Victorian music industry. This was attributed to a lack of paid employment, the casual nature of the workforce, gendered approaches towards child rearing, a lack of networking and professional opportunities, and the 'confidence gap' between men and women.
Sexual harassment and the general undervaluing of music were also cited as obstacles towards women working in the sector.
The findings of the survey have been published in a report by Music Victoria. The report also includes an action for equal gender representation where possible across these key areas:
- Music Victoria's committee of management
- Music Victoria's sub-committees
- Industry advisory groups run by Music Victoria
- Judging panels for The Age Music Victoria Awards
- Panels and performances for Music Victoria managed events and professional development workshops
- External promotional material
Music Victoria's new policy recognises that gender is a diverse spectrum with the organisation using the terms 'women' and 'men' to include individuals who identify as female, male, and gender non-conforming.
Gender equality was a strong theme in the latest round of Creative Victoria's Music Works Grants program, which included support for several female artist-led projects and initiatives addressing the gender gap. These include The Push's Girls Rock!, a five-day intensive music camp for girls and gender non-conforming youth, aiming to increase participation in the music industry; and the 2016 LISTEN Conference, which will draw together Melbourne's finest female creative minds to explore gender, feminism, music and performance.