Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry Sign Initiative to Help Female Producers + Engineers

2019-02-04

Story and photo by Anne Erickson

Women are outnumbered as producers, engineers and mixers in popular music, but a collection of artists have signed an initiative to turn that around

Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are among the handful of artists from a wide range of genres who have signed a new initiative created to increase opportunities for female producers, engineers and mixers and encourage their efforts.

The initiative, which is spearheaded by the Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, states that anybody, or any company, who is “responsible for or involved in selecting and hiring producers and engineers to commit to making hiring decisions only after considering a slate of candidates that includes at least two women.”

“Music is more than just a passion,” states a message on the initiative’s official website. “It’s the lifeblood of our community. We celebrate music creators and their dedication every day. Together, #WeAreMusic.”

Women comprise a surprisingly low percentage of producers, engineers and mixers in popular music. According to a study conducted by USC Annenberg in 2018, women account for only two percent of producers and three percent of engineers and mixers.

Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy and Lady Gaga are joined by a number of other acts — both rock and pop artists — in support of the initiative, including the Killers, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez.Walk the Moon, Garbage’s Shirley Manson, Bleachers, Bishop Briggs, Tegan and Sara, Of Monsters and Men and X Ambassadors.

For more information on the initiative and to learn how to get involved, head to RecordingAcademy.com/WomenintheMix.

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