As we celebrate International Womens’ Day this week, we’re delighted to shine a light on a selection of leading women in music, who share their industry vision in a series of interviews, before taking part in Midem 2019 next June. The last in our series of interviews is with Nadia Khan, who as Artist Manager, CEO of CTRL Management and Founder of Women in CTRL (UK), notably manages artists like Lethal Bizzle.


> What recent business achievement are you the most proud of?

Securing a big synch deal for one of my clients! Really great to see how urban music is being used in commercial projects and makes me realise how far we’ve come.


> What is your biggest hope for the music industry in 2019?

More awareness and conversations on the gender gaps in the industry, and steps to start to take positive action so there is a more equal gender split across artists, radio, streaming and live shows.


> Do you have a particular wish for women in the music industry?

To continue to see women in the industry vocalising their achievements, and helping them to have a voice through my platform Women in CTRL.


> How has women’s role in the music industry evolved in recent years?

It’s good to see more women in the industry being more vocal about issues, but the industry has a long way to go, we’re nowhere near parity of opportunity and remuneration for women in the industry.  We need more executives at the highest level to get involved to action change.


> What obstacles remain to be overcome?

We still have a long way to go with the gender pay gap, and recently-released figures on the gender gap in the charts show a worrying trend for a decline in women in the charts, and gender splits representation across all of the industry for artists across radio playlists, streaming platforms and festivals/ live slots are highly skewed towards male artists. Women aren’t being given the same opportunites/platforms as male counterparts.


> What will you look for when attending Midem next June?

For new exciting artists and building some more great international connections and contacts which is always a highlight at Midem.


> Which artists are you the most excited about right now and why?

I’m excited to support talented female upcoming artists, and really excited about female musician Laughta, who’s got some really exciting projects in the pipeline and being pipped for big things this year.


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