Male Advantage Is A Pervasive Feature Of The Australian Music Industry

Skipping A Beat - Rerport CoverUsing publicly available published data, a new research report interrogates the industry dynamics that have produced a contemporary music scene in which radio playlists, festival line-ups, industry awards, peak bodies and major industry boards are dominated by male contributions and voices.

For example:

  • Women represent only one-fifth of songwriters and composers registered with the Australasian Performing Rights Association, despite making up 45 percent of qualified musicians and half of those studying music
  • Women creative artists earn far less than their male counterparts
  • Women receive less airplay on Australian radio and are consistently outnumbered by men on Triple J’s annual countdown of the 100 most popular songs and albums
  • Music festival line-ups are dominated (sometimes entirely) by male artists and male-lead acts
  • Women are significantly less likely to be honored in the music industry’s most prestigious awards including the ARIAs, ‘J’ and AIR awards
  • Women hold only 28 percent of senior and strategic roles in key industry organizations
  • There are no women on the boards of ARIA or AIR and women are underrepresented on the boards of all other national music industry peak bodies.