According to the UK report, half of women in music have experienced gender discrimination and a third have been sexually harassed.

The Musicians Census surveyed 6,000 musicians in the UK overall, with 2,526 respondents identifying as women.

According to the latest musician census published in the UK, 51% of musicians who identify as female have experienced some form of gender-based discrimination compared to 6% of male respondents.

The musician’s registration is the first of its kind in the UK.

The survey also found that 33% of female musicians reported being sexually harassed while working as a musician, and 25% of women have witnessed sexual harassment of others in music.

The Women Musicians Insight Report, which was based on census data, found that women experience much higher levels of discrimination, sexual harassment, financial issues and structural barriers to career advancement.

The report also sheds light on the gender pay gap in the music industry.

The experience of sexual harassment and gender discrimination was found to have a detrimental impact on the careers of female musicians with women making up 62 per cent of respondents who said that work-related abuse or harassment hindered their career progression, as well as 60 percent. percent of those who said that discrimination was an obstacle for them.

Financial challenges and career longevity

Female musicians earn less than their male peers and are significantly underrepresented in the highest-earning bracket according to today’s data.

The average annual income for a female musician was found to be £19,850, compared to £21,750 for men – meaning women earn almost a tenth less. Women also make up just 19% of the top earners who earn £70,000 or more from music each year.

The gap is also particularly noticeable as female musicians are more qualified than their male counterparts with 14% more women holding a music degree and 15% holding a postgraduate music qualification. However, this statistic does not correlate with higher average earnings.

Financial issues were also prominent with 27% of female musicians saying they don’t earn enough money to support themselves and their family, compared to 20% of male musicians.

Career longevity was another issue facing female musicians in the UK with women’s visibility in music diminishing with age. Women are most represented in the younger age groups, where 47% of musicians aged 16 – 55 are women, but this drops sharply as they get older, to just 26% after the age of 54.

This finding may be due to women experiencing higher levels of age discrimination, with 30% of women reporting it compared to 21% of men.

Roles and genres of music

Another finding worth noting is that the genres of music in which women worked were not as diverse as their male counterparts, with 79% of women acting as performing musicians.

On the other hand, women make up only 29% of DJs and 24% of producers, and only 15% of live sound engineers and 12% of studio/mastering engineers.

In terms of genre, classical music and musical theater had the highest proportion of female respondents at 59% and 46% respectively.

Rap had the lowest reported number of women working in the industry, at 8%.

Primary Care Responsibilities

Another finding in today’s report was that primary care responsibilities affect women more than men, with 29% of women stating that family and caring commitments are an obstacle to their careers versus 11% of musicians of other genders.

In a recent viral interview, Lily Allen sparked controversy when she said, “My kids ruined my career. I love them and they complete me, but as far as pop stars go, they totally ruined it.” .

The musician said that as a woman “I can’t have it all

“It’s a conundrum that many women need to weigh because, pop star or not, having children has a huge impact on women’s careers — far more than men overall, statistically.”

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