New York, NY (November 16, 2018)—Pro audio organization SoundGirls has teamed with streaming service Spotify to launch the EQL Directory, a non-profit dedicated to expanding opportunities for girls and women in music.
It’s estimated that less than 5 percent of all audio professionals are women. The EQL Directory is a global database of professionals that seeks to amplify the careers and achievements of women working behind the scenes in music and audio. Any person around the world can add their name and claim their space, and any person looking to hire a more inclusive creative team can use the directory to find professionals in their area.
The project is among a number of initiatives Spotify has developed to support equity in the audio industry, according to the company. In August, Spotify created three full-time residencies in its Secret Genius and Spotify studios to support hands-on career development for female studio engineers; the Equalizer Project’s success has continued with networking dinners and a recent Producer Camp in Sweden; and The SoundUp Bootcamp, an accelerator program for aspiring podcasters in underserved communities, has been launched in the US, UK and Australia.
Spotify and Secret Genius have assembled a new EQL Advisory Board. TRAKGIRL, along with Lauren D’Elia, Jin Jin, Kesha Lee and Ali Tamposi will help shape the future of the programs.
Visitors to the EQL Directory can find resources from initiatives and organizations like the Audio Engineering Society, Beatz By Girlz, Equalizer Project, female:pressure, Gender Amplified, Girls Make Beats, Instituto Criar, Secret Genius, shesaid.so, SoundGirls in Mexico, The 7% Series, Upfront Producer Network, Yorkshire Sound Women Network and the Women’s Audio Mission.
"[We] face the myth that there are not very many women or non-conforming people working in audio, and because of this, people don't even bother to look,” said Karrie Keyes, co-founder of SoundGirls and Pearl Jam’s longtime monitor engineer. “The EQL Directory proves that this is not true.”
TRAKGIRL, a producer who has worked with the likes of Jhené Aiko, Belly and Luke James, noted, “This is a great tool to create more opportunities for women. We have to continue the work and create more inclusion and diversity in male-dominated spaces; we have a lot of work to do, but this is an awesome start.”
Anna Ingler, co-founder of the Upfront Producer Network, which represents 100-plus female and gender-nonconforming producers in Sweden, concurred, adding, “In order to make change, everyone has to agree there’s a problem to solve in the first place.”
“SoundGirls already had this global directory of women in audio and production, and we came together to help them make it more beautiful, more useful, and more visible within the industry,” says Kerry Steib, Spotify’s Director of Social Impact. “We know that increasing equity for women in these fields is a complex problem to solve. We have to work with great partners across the industry and come together to create solutions.”
EQL Directory • www.makeiteql.com