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‘A male-dominated team does not reflect society’: Why are only 5% of music producers women?

By Rhian Jones

25 Apr 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Women and non-binary people made up less than 5% of producer and engineer credits across the top 50 streamed songs of last year. The Guardian takes a closer look at why this is the case.

A good music producer facilitates a studio environment that allows an artist to plunge into the depths of their soul, and cleverly shapes the sound of their music – a bad one, meanwhile, can halt a promising career. But in 2023, 70 years on from the dawn of rock’n’roll, this tremendous power still lies in the hands of an overwhelming majority of men.

Women and non-binary people claimed less than 5% of producer and engineer credits across the top 50 streamed songs of last year, according to a recent report from Fix the Mix. Dated stereotypes have framed producing as the preserve of nerdish knob-twiddling blokes – despite there being ample historic evidence to the contrary.

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