Taking center stage...
Festivals prove to be a big problem for the women of music.
Women are consistently absent from festival lineups, excluded from the main stages if they're booked at all, and are often on the receiving end of gross misconduct while in the audience.
It's no secret that the male-to-female ratio of festivals is dismal. The articles below highlight some of the ongoing struggle for artists and their fans. In country music, the problem is particularly pervasive and persistent.
The absence or abuse of women can never become an issue of complacency.
While there is on shortage of coverage throughout other genres of music, solutions seem to be coming too slowly for the country music community.
Omitting women from one event lineup may not seem like a big deal but its effects are far-reaching. Lack of representation directly impacts an artist's exposure to large crowds. When absent from a lineup, not only does an artist not receive whatever potential payment was offered for the gig, they also miss out on merchandise and produce sales, downloads and streams from new fans, and a host of other supporting avenues for revenue.
Sponsorship opportunities are extended to artists with substantial fan bases so an artist struggling to be seen is likely to be missed.
In addition, the backstage area at a festival is a breeding ground for budding relationships. Collaborations and creative communities are strengthened just by sharing the same stage.
Press and promotional swagger often uses festival bookings as an stamp of approval form he industry and fans.
It can even be a struggle to recruit or retain talented band members who rely on substantial touring schedules to support their livelihoods.
Beyond the band, female audiences are coming forward to share about a festival culture that includes frequent sexual harassment and assault. In some reports, 90-100% of women who attendee large festivals experienced some form of abuse. Being a female music fan shouldn't be synonyms with misconduct survivor.
If women aren't included at festivals, or their fans don't feel safe, they simply can't get ahead.
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