INVESTIGATING GENDER DIVERSITY IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION

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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The UK Women & Equalities Select Committee report into Misogyny in the Music Industry is now out. I'm proud to be connected to many of the organisations who gave evidence. As expected the report makes for sobering reading, especially around the area of non-disclosure agreements which are used to gag those who report sexual abuse. Anu Shukla from Resident Advisor highlights this in her article published today and I was very happy to be able to contribute. Read the full RA article here ra.co/news/80190 Download the report here publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5804/cmselect/cmwomeq/129/report.html ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Getting excited about my first NTIA summit in Manchester in a couple of weeks time! I'll be speaking in collaboration with Vick Bain from The F-List for Music about systemic and structural biases in the music industry. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

If you're passionate about change in the Dance Music industry, consider getting behind Change the Beat with a donation - SYDNEY BLU does SO MUCH through this organization to change the male domination of record labels - pretty much all for free - so if you can spare a bit of cash to help it would go a long way I'm sure! Details below...Since our transition from #23by23 to #ChangeTheBeat, we've been continuing to work towards gender equality in the dance music industry by showcasing and providing opportunities and support for women, trans and non-binary producers. We're now officially a non-profit organization and we're continuing our work into 2024 and beyond. We're partnering with some of the biggest labels in the industry to help give female, trans and non-binary artists more exposure than ever. We're hosting events and we're expanding into the educational space. If you'd like to support us with our mission, the link to donate is in the comments below. Others ways you can support includes sharing content, commenting, engaging with our community on Discord, and telling your friends about us! ... See MoreSee Less
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