Welcome to In the Key

On these pages you’ll find everything you need to know about life as a woman or gender expansive artist producing and performing electronic music. The latest statistics, thought leadership, industry articles, documentaries, expert podcasts, and publications are all here, along with the most comprehensive, multi-genre directory of female, trans and non-binary electronic music producers anywhere in the world.

In the Key (ItK) started life as ‘In the Key of She’, Professor Samantha Parsley ‘Leverhulme Trust Fellowship’: an academic research project to explore the career experiences of women on the technical side of electronic music production. In 2022, in recognition of a shifting gender landscape Samantha dropped the pronoun ‘she’ to be more inclusive of non-binary and gender expansive artists. Seriously under-represented, women and non-binary people make up only 2-5% of music producers, and DJ line-ups in the world’s clubs and festivals are still male dominated. If we are serious about helping make tech-heavy creative industries less male dominated, investigating the electronic music industry is a good place to start. 

Through its radio show and socials, In the Key has now grown into a well-respected platform for raising the visibility of gender minority electronic artists, and championing diversity in the electronic music industry more broadly. The research findings have appeared in some of the industry’s leading publications and informed policy at the Association for Electronic Music.

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6 days ago

Writing about hope in the face of adversity today. Massive respect to all gender minority artists battling the music industry patriarchy day in day out... just a few amazing organizations tagged below 👇🏾👇🏼👇23by23 The Female DIY Musician MPW FEMME HOUSE Lady of the House Draw the Line Radio Show Psy-Sisters Music Boudica @sisucrewldn Produce Like A Girl The F-List for Music EQ50 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Producers! Join 23by23 for a chance to remix top artists and get your music signed on awesome labels!23by23 is moving over to Discord!We just announced our March 2023 remix contest with Desert Hearts x Beth Lydi, which will be facilitated through our Discord server, so make sure to join our Discord by heading to the link in the comments.#23by23 #discord #remixcontest #remixthis #remix #deserthearts #bethlydi ... See MoreSee Less
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