It's hard enough getting a foot in the door in the music industry. It's even harder if you're a women trying to get in your foot in the door in the music industry.
The proof is in the numbers. The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative published a report in January 2018, Inclusion in the Recording Studio? that studied inclusion in music to "create [measurable] change in hiring practices for women and underrepresented racial/ethnic groups across all facets of the music industry – on both the artistic and business sides." The results are shocking, and I encourage everyone interested in working in the music industry to read through the report, whether you're male or female.
We also saw a recent Grammy Awards that encouraged the hashtag #grammyssomale due to the lack of female nominees across all categories, and even fewer female Grammy winners.
Then came a statement from Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, encouraging women to "step up."
We've already stepped up. We're here. 2017 saw some incredible album releases, tours, and performances by female artists. Women are busting their tails to enter the music industry not just in an artist or producer capacity, but on the business side as well. We are doing everything we can, and while there have been improvements, especially since the #TIMESUP movement began last fall, the music industry is still very much a male dominated industry.
We need change.
So what can we do about this? How can we create a more inclusive culture? How can we encourage future generations of women to enter into this industry?
The Broken Glass Blog
That's where this blog comes in.
Why the title "The Broken Glass"? Have you ever heard the term "the glass ceiling?" The goal of The Broken Glass Blog is to inspire women to shatter that proverbial glass ceiling of the music industry.
The intention of this blog is to create a safe space for women in music, entrepreneurs, future female music industry leaders, and our male supporters to connect, discuss, and dream. We want to inspire and educate young women through interviews with female industry executives, business owners, artists and more, who at one point in time were struggling to create a career and life in music. We want to inspire innovation in music with interviews from female entrepreneurs who created a life they love in the industry they love.
But most of all, we want to show the music industry that women are here and that we've already stepped up.
What can you expect to read here?
Inspiration, interviews, tips and tricks, and so much more. This blog will be focused around the music industry, but occasionally we'll venture into the world of entrepreneurship, business, productivity, self-care and more. We want to not only inspire women, but to provide tools and resources to be a better business woman or artist. We'll post our favorite books, podcasts we think will resonate, workshops (online and in person), self-care tips, productivity tips...basically everything that we think will help women achieve their potential and shatter that ceiling.
At this time, all posts on this will be written by Kristi, but you may hear other voices in the forms of interviews, guest bloggers, or the inclusion of relevant articles, podcast episodes, etc. Interested in submitting an idea or being a guest blogger? Feel free to submit using the Submission form from the Contact tab at the top of the page!
That fine print that no one reads.
Yeah yeah, I know. It's no fun having rules. But here's the deal with this blog: this blog and space on the Internet was created to be a safe space for women to share their stories with other women. To encourage young women to share their musical or music industry talents with us and the world. To provide resources and support for those who may not have access or who may not be sure what step to take. Please read the following basic rules about this blog, and read more in the Terms of Service at the bottom of this page if you're interest in reading more.
- Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
- Comments that contain profanity, offensive material, spam, or attack another individual will be promptly deleted.
I will do my best to reply to comments and emails as soon as possible, however, with a full time job and other activities, it may take me a day or two to get back to you, but I promise I will!
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