APRA AMCOS have announced a series of new initiatives to help address gender inequality in the Australian music industry.
The announcement comes in response to recent reports like those conducted by the University of Sydney’s Women, Work and Leadership Research Group which found that women are “chronically disadvantaged” in the Australian music industry, as well as a research conducted by RMIT’s Dr Catherine Strong which found that APRA AMCOS female members only take in 10% of its total royalty payments.
Among a swathe of new initiatives, APRA will implement strict 40% female participation measures in performers at its events, on its judging panels and across its many programs.
APRA has also announced a goal of a 25% increase in female members year on year over the next three years, as well as the introduction of a new Australasian mentor program in partnership with industry organisations.
“Our industry has been waving the flag of inclusiveness for years, but the small numbers of women we organically recruit each year tell an entirely different story,” said APRA Board Chair Jenny Morris of the announcement.
“If music is to face its complex technological and legal future with talent from all demographics, then it’s time for a little less conversation and a little more action. For APRA AMCOS this means a deliberate recruitment and re-training program to draw female talent we know is out there.”
APRA AMCOS has also announced that it will invest $20,000 in further research into the issue of gender inequality in the industry.