Innovative international music production company, The Online Recording Studio (TORS), is launching the ‘TORS FOR EQUALITY’ (#TORS4EQ) campaign to address the massive gender imbalance within the music industry.
The Leeds based company recently posted a job advertisement for a new Music Producer position and was shocked to discover that of the 500 people that applied for the role, only 3 of them were female – with the other 497 serving as a reminder of the huge gender imbalance still prevalent within the music industry.
To address this inequality, TORS is launching a worldwide campaign to find talented and passionate female music producers to join their team. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with aspiring artists from all over the world on their original songs.
Trends such as these are widespread within the music industry. USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s 2018 report, ‘Inclusion In The Recording Studio’, a study of the gender and race of the industry’s core professions that analysed the 700 most popular songs, revealed that women only make up 21.7 percent of artists, 12.3 percent of songwriters, and a mere 2.1 percent of producers.
Joe Wadsworth, Founder and Head Producer of TORS, has said:
‘It was the strangest thing – to have so many people apply but the balance be so heavily tipped in favour of men. I remember it being the same when I was studying music production at university; my year had around 400 students and there were maybe five girls on the course.
I can only speculate as to why that is but what I do know for sure is that there are talented, passionate female producers out there who for some reason are not being given the opportunity to show the world what they can do. With this campaign, we’re trying to change that’
The campaign starts on the 1st of August 2019 and will be open to any candidates over the age of 21. Candidates will be asked to supply a 3-track portfolio of their work to be judged by The Online Recording Studio team. Five successful applicants will then be invited into the second round of the process where they will be set a number of music production challenges; the progress and results of which will be shared on the TORS Instagram profile and their website.
The winner, and recipient of a Music Producer role at TORS will be announced on the 1st of September 2019.