Streaming service Spotify has announced a new residency program by the company to promote professional development for female record producers and engineers.
The program is called the Equal (EQL) Studio Residency Program and will host three different programs in New York, Nashville and London. The programs will be six months in length, offering participants paid hands-on work in each city; participants in New York will share their time between the city’s Spotify studios and Electric Lady Studios, while those in Nashville and London will work with Secret Genius Studios.
Spotify’s Director of Cultural Impact, Kerry Steib, identified the need to promote the often underrepresented demographic of women in the music industry in a statement: “We have to use our resources to create opportunities to address this, and do it with great partners across the industry. This is just the beginning.”
Spotify’s move is another recent move by the industry in addressing inherent discrimination and sexism against female artists and industry employees. Before the #MeToo movement took speed late in 2017, many musicians including Bjork and Ke$ha had voiced their concerns about the place of women in the music industry. Then later that year 2,000 women working in the Swedish music industry and 400 in the Australian counterpart shared their concerns in a joint letter that was made public.
The residencies for each city begin on October 1 with applications closing by August 24 at 5 p.m. EST. Applications for each of the three cities can be completed at the following links: Nashville / New York / London.