Essay On Women In The Music Industry

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Why aren’t women aspiring towards leading position in the theater and music industry? As a woman you look at the long parade of male presidents, CEOs, and producers and as a child you don’t fantasize about getting those jobs. When will young women be told to achieve higher aspirations? Most women in both industries go for the performance aspect instead of the leading position such as technical direct, producer, or music producer. In the theater industry there is less than thirty percent of women producers, in the film industry less than ten percent and in the music industry less than five percent. What is keeping women from getting these job? For some od reason the percentage for women taking leading positions in the performing arts are low? …show more content…
Ruth Saxelby writes “There are plenty of female artists out there now who are self-produced and doing cutting-edge productions to surround their own vocals or compositions, which is vital part of the musical landscape right now, but the resulting message is that the female producer is an aesthetically presented vocalist who only produces her own songs.” She explains that females producing and performing their own works is a part of the reason women aren’t moving up in the industry. This creates hurdles because being a vocalist, aesthetic presenter, and a songwriting are separate and time-consuming skills that you have to put your heart and soul in to. By taking on all the different job women create a view of them self displaying to performers that their performance create is less important that the …show more content…
Time are changing but the women progression in theater are moving slowly. Even though women are in a good standing Off Broadway they are at a standstill on the Broadway scene with only ten percentage women directors and playwrights in the years 2013 and 2014 directing and writing show. But on the opposite end of the spectrum the majority of audience attending Broadway and off Broadway shows are women. Equality in theater survey conducted using Canadian resentenced in 2010 indicates that women are more likely than men to attend theatrical performances over men with 49% women stating, they are likely to attend a theatrical production, and 37% of men stating that they are likely to attend a theatrical production in the upcoming year. So why are plays still being directed more towards a male audience? With musicals such as the producer becoming leading headlines on the Broadway scene. Why is so difficult for women to create a career for herself on broad way, Patrick Healy writes that “Women have long seen sexism in the industry, despite theater being the home of so many progressive-minded artists. Even matters like maternity leave weren’t standard in some directing contracts until recently.” In the article “Staging a Sisterhood” the interviewees explain that the Theater has always been a

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