A new report has revealed a huge gender inequality in British dance music.
The Progressive gender representation in British dance music report, spearheaded by BBC Radio 1 DJ Jaguar Bingham, found that only 5 percent of dance hits are by women.
It also found that less than one percent of dance music played on UK radio was created by a female solo artist or all-female band and that they were underrepresented at music festivals.
The study analyzed 22 festival lineups from 2018-2022 and found that the gender split was significantly in favor of male performers, with the average percentage of female and non-binary acts making up just 14 percent of the lineups in 2018.
According to the report, this has since risen to 28 percent, but women are often relegated to warm-up slots at the bottom of the bill.
‘You cannot be what you cannot see. And if you look at the line-ups and you see these headliners and the majority of the line-up is male, you’re not going to see yourself represented,” said Jaguar. Sky News.
“And it’s the same as hearing songs on the radio or in streaming or on the charts” [which are by non-male artists alone], that’s 5 percent in the charts and 1 percent in radio, which is so small. As a radio host, that makes me very sad. And if you don’t see yourself in that space, you’re not going to think, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll learn how to make house music or I’ll go get some decks and learn to DJ’. What we found in the report is that people do not feel safe, visible or welcome.”
In addition, the report highlighted the fact that many women feel unsafe in clubs.
Jaguar added: “A lot of this work involves traveling alone late at night, often to clubs and venues where people are drunk. You go to the green room for your set, and there are often crowds of people drinking and smoking.
“And sexual assault is also rife in the nightlife industry, and it’s something that really needs to be talked about more and regulated.”
She has launched two different initiatives: Future1000, a free online course for girls, transgender and non-binary people aged 12-18 to learn how to DJ, make music and get started in the industry, and the Jaguar Foundation, which aims to make electronic music more accessible to all.
Meanwhile, it was revealed yesterday (Aug. 2) that one in five British nightclubs have closed in the past three years, according to data shared by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA).
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