The Women of Nashville's Music Scene Are Calling Time’s Up

Time for action...

"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 (whose members remain anonymous in order to speak freely). “It’s concerning from an economic perspective for the female artists, and then, obviously, it’s at its most severe in terms of the sexual harassment and abuse that permeate a culture where women aren’t really present as leaders, and their voices aren’t being heard."

Read the full article by Jessica Hopper via Elle.

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Martina McBride, Sara Evans Reflect on the Importance of Equal Airplay for Women in Country Music

Never would have dreamed...

"I never would’ve dreamed when I was a little girl onstage that, at some point, I would be completely blackballed from the genre that I love so much and the genre that I’ve also contributed music to and helped grow."

Martina McBride, who began her career a few years before Evans, shared similar sentiments: "I just know that women have a really strong point of view that a lot of people can relate to," McBride says. "I feel like it’s doing the country music audience a disservice to not have it where it’s easy to get to. You almost have to go looking for it."

Read the full article by Olivia Ladd via The Boot.

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CMT Makes Network History With All-Female 'Artists of the Year' Special

Barrier breaking records...

"CMT recently celebrated the women of country music's past, present and future with an all-female Artists of the Year special. The numbers from the October 17 broadcast are in, and the 90-minute segment earned the network record-breaking ratings.

According to CMT, this year's Artists of the Year honoring Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is the most-watched Artists of the Year special in franchise history."

Read the full article by Lauren Black via Forbes.

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iHeartMedia's Gator Harrison On State Of Country, Streaming as an 'Additive' to Radio & Efforts to Play More Female Artists

Voices are missing...

"While I personally would absolutely say that I could care less about any specific classification, including gender, when it comes to adding music for the radio station, it's very difficult to look at the broadness of the country format and not notice that female voices are missing.

Presently, WSIX is supporting 12 currents from women, and about 25 percent of our active library is female. WSIX, iHeartCountry [the platform of which Bones was recently named vp/creative director] and Bobby are working on some exciting breakthrough ways that we can champion female artists. Details coming soon."

Read the full article by Jim Asker via Billboard.

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Country Radio Takes Action To Address Gender Disparity.

On its own merits...

"Entercom country format captain and Portland VP/programming Mike Moore adds, “I would hope my fellow programmers out there would base things on the quality of songs and whether or not they feel it would resonate with their audience, regardless of whether it is a male lead singer or a female lead singer.” Working with Entercom stations across the country, Moore is thankful the company is big on local market research. “The people that are programming and doing the job there have that as a resource as they are making local music decisions,” he explains. “We try very hard to judge the song on its own merits.

“Something that wasn’t necessarily a conscious effort, but we are doing it in Portland and Seattle, is that we have holiday shows that we run in both markets – they’ll play Portland one night and Seattle the next – and this year the lineup is pretty female heavy,” Moore says. “We have Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini, along with The Brothers Osbourne. If you look at that, it’s a two-thirds female bill. I’m excited… these are two young dynamic artists that the audience has really embraced."

Read the full article via Inside Radio.

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Women Artists On Country Radio: Old Issue Brings New Debate.

Women are wanted...

"I strongly disagree with these statements,” Smith tells Inside Radio. “I think there is this false narrative that people are falling in line with, and stepping outside the box is becoming rarer.” And thus, Smith ignored the box and blatantly named her on-demand program and Nash Country Daily column, “Women Want To Hear Women.” Not only has she heard these dated rationalizations in radio station hallways, artists have told her the same talk is taking place in record label conference rooms.

“I have had female artists on my podcast say that labels have told them, ‘I love your stuff, you’re a star, but we’re just burnt out on females right now,’” Smith relays. “Meanwhile, at the time, that same label only had three female artists on the roster."

Read the full article about Elaina Smith’s new podcast, “Women Want To Hear Women” via Inside Radio.

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Cam stands up for women in music, joins Sam Smith in Orlando

Move it along boys...

"Whatever the status of our industry, it’s a lot easier for people to make up and excuse as to why things are the way they expect them to be,” said Cam on the phone from the road. “That’s easier than coming up with how maybe our world should be different.”...

“It’s a fun thing to talk about, and I think a lot of people are starting to realize that we need to evolve,” she said. “I think the more people start speaking up and questioning it, you realize that in a lot of instances there’s ego and self-preservation happening in place of good leadership.” ...

“Music is integral to our humanity,” she said. “It’s very narcissistic to think that your own interests are more important than allowing good music to get to human beings."

Read the full article by Trevor Fraser via the Orlando Sentinel.

15th Annual Artist-In-Residence: Miranda Lambert

Ladies and gentlemen...

"We’re talking about someone who has been the CMA’s top female vocalist a record seven times, selling millions of albums and scoring hit after hit while retaining absolute artistic conviction and credibility. She writes her heart and sings her truth, and her truth resonates,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “We are honored that she is this museum’s 15th artist-in-residence, the latest in a line of greats that includes some of Miranda’s own musical heroes, like Guy Clark, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, and Buddy Miller."

Read the full release from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Man Who Thinks Women In Country Music Are “Tomatoes” Is At It Again

No, not again sir...

"Women are not tomatoes, or any part of the salad. They're a talented force to be reckoned with, whose voices deserve to be heard. If country radio doesn't want to play them, the audience who do want to hear what the women of country music want to say will just go elsewhere to find them."

Read the full article by Courtney E. Smith  via Refinery29.

Illustration by Elliot Salazar.

New Survey Shines Light on Sexual Harassment, Mental Health Within U.S. Music Industry

Matters to Quality of Life...

"Both personal accounts and surveys like this one from the Music Industry Research Association show that, throughout the industry, discrimination and sexual harassment continue to have a detrimental impact on musicians’ quality of life."

Read the full article by Bobbie Jean Sawyer via Wide Open Country.

Speaking With: Cam

Stories aren't facts...

"They come up with all these stories, “you know people turn off the radio when a woman comes on.” The whole thing is ridiculous because what it comes down to is that there’s still a bunch of older men in power positions, women aren’t at the top positions at labels, radio or a lot of these companies and they’re not asking women what they think; they’re telling women either things that they think they can control the narrative of what women do or don’t like, how to launch women and it’s just totally foreign to them.

What it comes down to is this lingering belief that women aren’t as valuable as men. It comes out in all kinds of ways and it’s something that awareness wise, I think a lot of us think “oh we’re doing fine, women can have jobs and what rights do we have, we’re doing pretty good” but I think you can hold two things in your mind at once. You can say yes, we are better than we’ve ever been and we’ve progressed as far as we’ve ever come in this moment and at the same time you can acknowledge that we’re not there yet."

Read the full article by  Samantha Stanley via Completely Country UK.

Faith Hill, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt Getting Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Reach for the stars...

"Faith Hill and Trio members Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt are among the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s Class of 2019. Hill will receive a star of her own; while Parton, Harris and Ronstadt will be inducted together, in recognition of their work as a trio...

The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Committee always tries to select a group of talented honorees that appeal in various genres of the entertainment world,” says Chairman and Walk of Famer Vin Di Bona in a statement. “I feel the Committee has outdone themselves, and I know the fans, tourists and the Hollywood community will be pleased with our selections. We are excited to see each and every honoree’s face as they unveil that majestic star on Hollywood’s most famous walkway!"

Read the full article b Wendy Hermanson via Taste of Country.

Post-Beyoncé, Music Festivals Still Have a Woman Problem: Here’s How to Fix It

It is time to take action...

"Festivals want the freedom to book lineups for their specific audiences without restrictive regulations. Musicians don’t want to be booked to meet a quota — no one wants to be on the stage just because they’re female. But when the statistics show us that bookings up and down the lineup at festivals are so lopsided in favor of men, it is clear the founders and bookers have to take a look at what that is — and take action to fix it. Whether that means giving women a bigger role in decision-making when it comes to booking festivals, asking booking agents to consider representation in their negotiations (and fight harder for their female clients), or checking their implicit bias."

Read the full article by  Courtney E. Smith via Refinery29.

Women Are Being Harassed at Music Festivals in Scary Numbers—WTF Is Going On?

It doesn't have to be this way...

"I think there’s kind of a mindset of, ‘This is just what happens here. There’s really not anything we can do about it.’ I think a lot of people come at it as an inevitability,” Hopper says. “This is something that has been going on forever, but I think it’s really crucial that, first and foremost, people realize it doesn’t have to be this way. And secondly, it is on us to prevent it, not bandaid it after the fact."

Read the full article by Isabel Sophia Dieppa via Marie Claire.

There Are Only Two Women in the Tortuga Music Festival Lineup, and We're Tired of Writing This Think Piece

We are tired too...

"This lack of inclusion, particularly in the supposedly liberal hippie havens that are music festivals, should be shocking to the senses in 2018, or anytime after the Mad Men era really. But it is even more egregious that women's voices are being ignored in the immediate afterglow of two global women's marches, the #MeToo movement, and Hollywood's Time's Up campaign."

Read the full article by  Celia Almeida via Miami New Times.

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Why Most Festivals Are Only Booking Female Artists Farther Down The Lineup

The problem remains...

"But the overarching problem remains: Women still aren’t being booked at the top level, despite the fact that in 2017 several female pop stars crowded the charts: Kesha, Taylor Swift, P!nk and Katy Perry debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (as did Lorde and Lana Del Rey, who played several festivals last summer). They also recently had, are currently on or will soon be playing arenas or stadiums on their own headlining tours."

Read the full article by  Lyndsey Havens via Billboard.

Dozens Of Music Festivals Announce Gender Balance Initiative

It just makes sense...

"Half our audience is female, so it makes sense that that should be reflected on stage too," says Angela Dorgan, organizer of the Dublin emerging music festival Hard Working Class Heroes, in a statement accompanying the announcement."

Read the full article by  Andrew Flanagan via NPR.

New Findings About Women in Country Music Tell an Incomplete Story

New findings, old news...

" The Tennessean reports that the number of purely female songs on a country airplay chart published by the industry trade publication Country Aircheck dropped by 2.6 percent between 2016 and 2017, from 13 percent to 10.4 percent. It's not clear exactly how many songs that percentage reflects, but with some savvy math, we may be able to figure it out.

The two percent drop means 2017 featured the lowest percentage of female voices on the radio since 1994, when just 13 percent of the Top 100 songs featured female voices. There was great hope that action after Tomatogate would lead to a surge of female voices. The #TimesUp and #MeToo conversations reintroduced the conversation, but the imbalance has long been the norm in country music. And we're not alone."

Read the full article by Billy Dukes via Taste of Country.

Maren Morris Calls Out Sexism, Lack of Women on Country Radio

Women want to be heard...

"If you don’t give us the chance to be heard, potential fans will NEVER hear us,” Morris wrote...

The idea that listeners — women in particular — don’t listen to female artists is an oft-repeated misconception cited by program directors using data that’s unverifiable. The myth is essentially stifling the careers of female artists because of little more than a (misinformed) hunch, creating a cycle of inequality and a self-fulfilling prophecy. These days men do perform better on radio — because they’re often the only ones getting airplay."

Read the full article by Bobbie Jean Sawyer via Wide Open Country.

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Bobby Bones To Launch Show Focused On Female Country Artists

All women, all the time...

"I’m just tired of it. I can take acts on the road. I can play the music. But people aren’t embracing things, and they are embracing other things too fast. They’re just not giving females a chance. I’m going to take a square peg and shove it into a round hole until it’s also round. It’s important for fairness. I want everybody to have an equal shot."

Read the full article via Inside Radio.