NEW YORK — The Recording Academy is partnering with Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University to complete a study focused on women’s representation in the music industry.
The academy, which puts on the annual Grammy Awards, said the lack of female creators in music is “one of the most urgent issues in the industry today.” The organization says the data it collects “will be utilized to develop and empower the next generation of women music creators.”
The Grammys have been criticized over the years for awarding and nominating more men than women. Part of that is because the awards show honors not just performers, but also producers and engineers — positions dominated by men.
The academy revealed that among the 853 nominees across all 84 categories at this year’s show, 198 — 23% — identify as women.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 28, 2018 Grammy trophies sit in the press room during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York. (Photo: DON EMMERT, AFP via Getty Images)
In 2019, the organization said it planned to double the nominees of female voters by 2025; the academy reported that it had reached 33% of its goal by adding 831 women to its voting membership. In the same year, the academy launched a new initiative asking musicians, record labels and others to consider at least two female producers or engineers when working on a project, whether it’s a song or an album.
The Recording Academy has faced persistent criticism in recent years for the lack of awards process transparency. Last January, the academy’s ousted CEO Deborah Dugan alleged in a legal complaint how the “Grammys process is ripe with corruption,” saying that the board uses “secret committees” to whittle down nominees and “push forward artists with whom they have relationships.”
Earlier this year, interim president Mason outlined steps being taken, including hiring a diversity and inclusion officer and funding women in music organizations. The announcement came soon after Sean “Diddy” Combs used his Industry Icon award speech at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala to criticize the academy’s commitment to diversity.
This year’s award show will take place March 14 in Los Angeles and the study is expected to be released in early 2022.
Contributing: David Oliver, Gary Dinges and Patrick Ryan
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