In 2020, PRS for Music, the organisation that represents over 150,000 music creators and publishers, recorded 1,971 ladies registering as skilled songwriters and composers. This represents a 12.3% year-on-year enhance in comparison with 2019, and close to twofold enhance (79.6%) in comparison with 2018, when 1,097 ladies registered. Over half (58%) of ladies becoming a member of PRS for Music in 2020 had been underneath the age of 30.
Regardless of progress, males make up 81.7% of PRS for Music’s membership, which is considerably increased than the music business as a complete. Umbrella physique, UK Music, reported the proportion of ladies working within the music business had reached a document excessive of 49.6% in its newest Range Report for 2020.
Whereas final yr was an unprecedented monetary yr for the whole music business because of the pandemic, male music creators nonetheless earned more cash than ladies. Analysis launched in the present day discovered that the highest 10 highest incomes feminine songwriters and composers, generated 70% much less revenue than their male counterparts in 2020. The drop in revenue for girls displays a widening of the hole in comparison with 2019, the place the deficit between the best incomes women and men was 67%.
Of all songwriters and composers who obtained a royalty in 2020 from their music being streamed, downloaded, broadcast, or carried out, just one in six (16.7%) had been ladies, highlighting the continuing challenges ladies face as music creators when vying for alternatives for his or her music to be heard.
There may be nonetheless a lot work to do to bridge the gender hole and PRS for Music, together with business companions, is taking part in its half. For instance, PRS for Music is actively collaborating with Ladies I Price, based by songwriter Carla Marie Williams, to impact change and create alternatives for younger ladies getting into the music business to succeed. Whereas latest actions with Girls in CTRL, based by songwriter Nadia Khan, set as much as empower ladies and underrepresented teams to advocate for equity and equality within the music enterprise, are focussed on dramatically growing gender variety inside senior management roles on the PRS Members’ Council.
Throughout the music business, PRS for Music will probably be actively encouraging members and workers to help optimistic change to handle present gender bias and inequality, singing to the tune of this yr’s Worldwide Girls’s Day 2021 theme, #ChooseToChallenge.