WOMAN is an anonymous collective of changemakers working to secure more marketshare, opportunities, resources, and equality for women in the music industry.
A little less talk. A lot more action.
WOMAN was founded to encourage a little less talk and a lot more action. For most of history, women have faced unnecessary barriers to success and the music industry is no exception. In today's modern world, the women of music still face sexism, ageism, discrimination, harassment, abuse, and more. Countless careers of talented women have been lost to the current broken system. The system can change.
We believe this is one issue that really is black and white. Simply put, women want MORE:
Why is WOMAN anonymous?
The women of music got into the industry to perform, play, or promote music. They did not get into it to wage a war against an unfair employment culture. WOMAN gives women a chance to work to change the music industry without having to publicly leverage their brand, persona, company affiliations, or fan loyalties. The number one concern that we hear from women is the fear of retribution. Anonymity erases these concerns and allows our committed change makers to focus on what really matters: taking action to secure more marketshare, opportunities, resources and equality.
WOMAN believes that every story matters. In the business of "celebrity", it often seems like the voices that are heard only belong to the "biggest names". Up-and-comers, songwriters, staffers, executives, and dreamers should all be able to expect a safe and equal workplace. WOMAN provides a place for the women of music, at every level, to come, be heard, and say with a strong collective voice, "We want MORE."
The woman in our logo represents all of us. We speak with one voice. Loudly. Together, the women of music will change the culture of the music industry for the better. Thank you for supporting our work.
We've heard the talk...
"Country music takes care of its own..."
Country music prides itself on its care and compassion. From St. Jude's children to disaster relief, veterans' issues to beating cancer, we are no stranger to opening our hearts and hands far and wide.
That's why it is so important for us to live up to the creed that country music takes care of its own. We can't claim we do that and leave half our artist population and many colleagues struggling for success.
"We're working with what we've got...
As Martina McBride said, "The idea about not playing two females back to back ... I get it. If you have less than 19% of your music by females, you want to spread it out. The real point is ... why is your playlist less than 19% females???"
An ear often likes familiar sounds. If it isn't used to female voices and writing - and most of country music currently isn't - how can anyone, from industry vet to fan, expect to appreciate their true value. There isn't a lack of females wanting to make it in country music. What we lack is a significant number of people and places that are willing to play them.
"I'm just trying to make it..."
We get it. You have dreamed about being in the music business your entire life. You are finally here. Maybe you've "made it". Maybe the ink isn't even dry on your record or publishing deal. Maybe you are just picking up backroom gigs in small bars. Maybe you're recording new songs from your bedroom.
Wherever you are, know this: we are stronger together. Follow those who are speaking out on social media and share what you can. Ask questions, give thoughtful answers, and don't be afraid to speak up when something starts to cross the line. Be informed about who is leading the groups you are a part of and encourage inclusivity in their work. Walk away from bad partners so you can stand with pride when better things come your way. With you in our corner, and us in yours, we will be able to carve out a better future for everyone. One where we all make it okay.
“But "they" still run everything..."
Not for long. If we all come together, we can work towards truly changing the culture of the business. Country music isn't just three chords and the truth. It's a business and an industry that needs to change at its CORE. In order to achieve our goals, we need to prove that the women of music not only want MORE (marketshare, opportunities, resources and equality), they won't stop until they get it.
Together, we can spread that message through strength and solidarity. Together, we can elevate more active women and men into leadership positions. Together, we can demand with our dollars and invest in inclusivity. Our collective voice can change the current culture.
"I want to be seen as a PERSON, not just a woman..."
Yes, you should be. We all want to be recognized for our general personhood and acknowledged for the contributions we bring to the work. You don't want to just be the best FEMALE producer. You want to be the best producer. Period. The problem is that, unfortunately, as an industry, we just aren't quite there yet.
To quote Meghan Markle, "Women need a seat at the table, they need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases, where this is not available, they need to create their own table. "(International Women's Day, 2015) What the industry needs now is a new table with seats for everyone - women and men. It will take women willing to advocate for their own advancement, and men acknowledging that need, to see success. Working together, we will we pave the way to parity.
"My company supports me so its not my problem..."
We'll leave this to former First Lady Michelle Obama,
"There are a lot of people who get to the table, and they're too nervous to add that value. Because a lot of times, they get to the table and they're so concerned with not losing the seat at the table."
"Maybe you say something that gets you kicked out of the table. Well, maybe that's not a table you need to be at."
Other women need you at the table, speaking up, making room for more women to find seats.