WOMAN was started by women who felt compelled to stop being complicit in industry bad practices and start being proactive in creating a better culture for others and ourselves.
We began this work without any names to associate with it, no titles or companies to leverage, and no reasons to compel others to join in. All we had was a mission and a message. And we were determined to put in the time and work needed to start seeing a real difference.
We are beyond humbled that anyone would come alongside us to listen, read, share, contribute, and be a part of making positives change for women in country music. Being included in any of the following has absolutely blown our mind. Not for our own accolades but for the visibility it has lent to the cause. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to invite these audiences to join us in change.
The Nashville Women of Music Action Network (WOMAN), a group of artists and industry folks founded in the wake of #MeToo and Time’s Up, has moved toward concrete action. “Every industry was having a time of reflection, looking at how women are treated. Country music just didn’t seem to be having that same moment,” says a representative of the organization…”
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The Women of Music Action Network of Nashville also joined in, dissecting the flaws in Hill’s advice they hit upon a key idea: When it comes to programming content, you cultivate the audience you want. Women who want to hear other women sing country music already know not to turn to country radio, where they are not supported.”
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Country music’s gender imbalance isn’t just a radio problem — it’s prevalent on streaming service playlists, festival lineups, award shows and more. Still, radio is most frequently the focus, especially on social media. Nashville collective Women of Music Action Network, for example, will post bleak screenshots of radio charts, and how empty they look if you take every male act away.”
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Woman Nashville took exception to his new article, turning to Twitter to refute Hill's findings and the manner in which he conducted his research. Hill tweeted that he and another consultant had dropped the number of women at a station and arrived at his data model, and when asked outright if he had ever conducted a cross-experiment by reducing male artists to the same percentages at a station, Hill admitted he hadn't, calling the suggestion "absurd."… The entire exchange is too long to post here, but Woman Nashville wrote a detailed article about the incident, including their own analysis of what they feel are the flaws in Hill's thinking, as well as the industry's attitude toward women in general.”
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