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Vol 37  No 15
June 9, 2005


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Study will research women in music

Memorial University’s Centre for the Study of Media, Music and Place will partner with the provincial government in a research project examining potential barriers and opportunities for women in the music industry of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The project was announced May 30 by Joan Burke, minister responsible for the status of women.

Dr. Beverley Diamond, director for the Centre for the Study of Media, Music and Place, said historically, the participation of men and women in music has been different from one instrument to another, from one genre to another, and from one industry sector to another.

“While women are now active in all facets of the music profession, they continue to encounter challenges relating to training, touring, image, and professional development,” she added.

Some challenges noted to date include differential hiring for public performing events, the increasing global sexualization of the pop music industry, child care, pensions and other systemic issues.

Following the announcement, women from across the province and from all musical genres are meeting with educators, those working in technical support, sound recording and communications, government policy and arts administration to discuss these concerns. Some expected outcomes for the meeting will be research and recommendations to industry, government and others on addressing the concerns raised, in addition to the establishment of a province-wide network of women in music. This network would allow women to work together to plan future events to celebrate and promote awareness of the contribution of female musicians to the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

In this province, women make up approximately 20 per cent of the individual membership of the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and less than five per cent of the membership in bands and groups.

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