Friday March 8th – In Honor of International Women’s Day – Panel on “Crafting Creative Jobs in the Music Industry” and Lecture “Hearing Gender Dynamics in Music”

Lecture: Hearing Gender Dynamics in Music? Feminist Approaches to Popular Music Analysis (L.J. Müller)

Industry Panel: Crafting Creative Jobs in the Music Industry (Laura Bell, Marg van Eenbergen, Cissy Joan, and Jo Sandow)

Within this symposium, we bring together successful women working within the popular music field in Europe, allowing them to reflect upon experiences working in male-dominated roles within creative industry positions and opening the floor for discussion.

We will begin at 15:00 with a panel discussion featuring Laura Bell (Managing Director at BMG), Marg van Eenbergen (Freelance Record Producer and Artist), Cissy Joan (Performing Artist, Urban House Groningen), Jo Sandow (Creative Strategist, Sizzer). Our illustrious panel is followed by a guest lecture presented by L.J. Müller,  PhD candidate in Musicology and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. For more information on our featured speakers click here.

We wish to invite not only Arts faculty  and student members of the university but anyone who may be interested in hearing more about gender dynamics in influential popular music career paths. Together we hope to explore how new gender informed forms of music analysis may contribute insight into the practical matters of getting somewhere in the music industry and vice versa, we aim to learn for these professionals, gaining insights about how to cope and thrive in this environment.

Call for papers – Gender Dynamics in the Popular Music Industry

The Department of Arts, Culture and Media in connection with the research project Music Dynamics in the Music Industry funded by the NWO KIEM (Creative Industry – Knowledge Innovation Mapping) at the University of Groningen is pleased to announce a two-day symposium to be held on May 16-17, 2019. The symposium will bring together both scholars and industry professionals to share insights on the topic of Gender Dynamics in the Music Industry. The intention is to share resources and create a dialogue to better address the lack of gender parity within the music industry. Further, we seek to extend to discussion to fields connected to, but not exclusive to the (relatively better researched) performance sphere. We welcome scholars and industry professionals from all genders and from all genres of music from classical to folk and popular.

Please send your abstract, a short bio (less than 100 words) and affiliation to by March 15th, 2019.

Abstracts should be less than 350 words, in English, and with a relevant title. Proposed panels are also welcome and should contain a short panel abstract – less than 300 words and individual presentation abstracts, less than 350 words.

For more information on the content of the symposium visit the Gender Dynamics Symposium: May 16th-17th tab on the right.

Panel Presentation at Groningen’s Eurosonic Noorderslag

Hoe krijgen we meer vrouwen op het podium? (How to promote more women on music stages?)

In recent years, a general recognition of the gender dynamics pervasive within music seems to be on the rise. But attention is mostly drawn to the gender disparity between professional artists. To better understand the practices disadvantaging women on concert stages, the time is ripe to shift attention to  focus upon talent platforms. While in music education programs, gender is well balanced, yet the informal routes to professional musical careers seem to disadvantage female artists disproportionately. In this panel, industry experts and gender scholars debate the gendered practices of talent platforms that continue to play a role in the gender gap within the music industry more broadly.

Panelists featured during this event will include: Kristin McGee (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Li Sang Ong (Conservatorium van Amsterdam), Chris Moorman (Popronde) Jorien Stravens (Popsport)