Gender and popular music policy

Sam de Boise, Maura Edmond, Catherine Strong

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    The popular music industries have significant problems when it comes to gender equality. There is now ample evidence that major barriers exist that prevent women and non-binary people from participating fully in almost all activities related to music-making (see Strong and Raine 2019 for an overview). In this chapter, we consider how cultural policy approaches have attempted to address this issue, and to what extent they have been successful, by comparing examples from the popular music industries in Sweden, the UK and Australia. We show that the wider national policy contexts of a country and the ways in which women, and music and the creative arts more broadly, have historically been included in policy considerations, leads to different expectations and outcomes for interventions in this area. We conclude with an examination of how policy responses to the Covid-19 crisis in 2020 may be shifting the ground on this issue.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Policy
    EditorsShane Homan
    Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
    PublisherBloomsbury Academic
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9781501345333, 9781501345357, 9781501345340
    ISBN (Print)9781501345326, 9781501389917
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


    • Gender
    • Cultural Policy
    • Music Policy
    • Media and Cultural Industries
    • Popular Music

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