In the current public debate about the role of females and queers in the music business it comes out that there is not only a gender gap but also that violence against women is an everyday issue. The recent allegations against numerous men in the entertainment business seem to support the fact that our society’s system of power still supports the emotional and physical exploitation and exclusion of women and queers, ranging from subtle rhetoric undertones to sexual harassment. Furthermore, there is also research that shows that most of the musicians being able to perform in public are cis-male (around 86 %).
It is thus one of the aims of the GiDaMP as part of the SMF to create a protected area in modern music in order to empower women and queers to participate as fully accepted and integrated members of the music scene.
To achieve that aim part of the concept is to establish a framework that supports firstly education about gender in new music and feminism as a promale movement that is an enrichment for everybody. It is a framework that makes dialogue and debates that lead to understanding between all gender types possible. Therefore researchers in the field of gender and music will be invited and spaces for conversation and discussions will be opened at Sample Music Festival.
Secondly is to engage as many female/non-binary artists and representatives of the music scene as possible and give them spaces to present themselves and their art in public and thus be a part of the educational process as well. Giving spaces for presentation of female and non-binary artists is very important because positive role models are needed that have an impact on other female and non-binary artists and may encourage them. Role models give empowerment and motivation to imitate, so more women will be active in the field of DJing and Producing. A higher number of female and non-binary activists and an educated audience is the requirement to achieve gender equality in the modern music scene in the future.
Photo by Arno Simons
Gender Gap as a Social Phenomenon
In contary to what some people might think that the gender gap is a problem of specific subcultures, the gen-der gap is indeed a social phenomena in general: poli-tics, sports, entertainment business and music business. The music business also has still to develop a balanced structure. The gender gap exists independently of genre. Research shows that over 86 % of artists are male and even mixed bands are the minority at festivals.
Although first steps in collecting evidence in this field have been made further research is needed to support the process of raising awareness for this problem in society.
Playing Like a Girl
by Pil and Galia Kollectiv
A few months ago, we came across an ad at our local practice space in which a band was looking for a guitarist and saw fit to state that they were looking for “males aged between 17-22 only”. We
rather facetiously posted the ad to female guitarist magazine She Shreds’ Facebook timeline, mocking the idea that the ability to strum could be hindered by excess oestrogen. Predictably, our
social media friends joined in attacking the inherent sexism of such a suggestion. However, the more we thought about the role of gender in shaping popular music, the more we had to concede that
no matter how misguided, the young lads who had posted the ad had a point: there was definitely such a thing as ‘playing like a