As events like Midem 2017’s inaugural Women In Music Brunch and panel – organised with Jessica Sobhraj, president of Women in Music and CEO of content-protection platform Cosynd – and more are proving, raising the profile of women in music has never been more of an industry priority.
Here, we speak to a number of key music industry executives about how their contribution to the sector is increasingly being recognised.
Lara Baker – Marketing & events director / Association of Independent Music (UK)
“It’s only in recent years that calls for greater diversity have begun to gather momentum. AIM recognised the gender inequality over 10 years ago. Then-CEO Alison Wenham got tired of being the only woman on various industry boards. Since then, we’ve organised the annual Women In Music conference, the Women In Music Awards and recently launched free public-speaking training workshops for women in music.
“I would like to see companies developing diversity policies and adapting their attitudes and environments to be more flexible and inclusive. That would help great female talent to stay on and progress to the senior levels of the industry. There are plenty of men supporting moves towards equality in the music business, and I encourage those men to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect when they see it.”
Cherry Chunfei Guo – Attorney/senior partner / Tiantai Law (China)
“I see a lot of women around me working in the music business and also found the same trend in my legal field. There are more young female lawyers than male lawyers in the intellectual property (IP) department in my law firm. Even in China’s IP courts, female judges occupy a considerable number of positions.
“By connecting women attendees, Midem has a unique channel for bringing together women in the music business from different countries. By reporting their stories, it lets the world know about their achievements.”
Sandra Gama – Chief legal officer / iMusica Corp (Brazil)
“Not only do we see the gender issues and women’s roles in our business addressed in press, events, music community and other discussion groups, but also in our daily meetings with dealmakers, influencers and entrepreneurs. iMusica has been in the market for 17 years, and when I joined two years ago, I was very happy to find a company that has succeeded through a diverse group of decision-makers.”
Marie-Anne Robert – Vice president, international / TuneCore (France)
“At TuneCore, we’ve cultivated a very inclusive environment where women are empowered to grow, and half of our management roles are filled by women.
“Events (like Midem) are key in helping spread the word and inform the rest of the industry of the many talented women working throughout the music space. They also creates a wonderful place for women to network. As a recent transplant from Paris to New York, the organisation made me feel like I was part of a community and helped in my transition.”
Nikoo Sadr – Manager, interactive marketing / The Orchard (UK)
“I’m lucky to work in an organisation where women and diversity in general is not only important to talk about and discuss but is also a vital part of the success of our business. I think it’s inspirational to have so many women in key positions that can mentor and lead the way for others within our company.
“On the creative side, I would love to see the continued growth of songwriters and producers, not only with more women but also with more visibility for the women working in the industry. They need recognition in their own right. I think that’s inevitable in the future.”
Jessica Sobhraj – President, US-based Women in Music (WIM) and CEO of Cosynd, the content-protection platform
“WIM not only provides educational and professional resources to women at all stages of their career, but we also place a concerted effort on showcasing leading women in the hopes that doing so will serve to encourage other women to aspire to the same.”
This and more in the Midem 2017 News magazine, which you can read in full here (and/or check out its contents in full here first):