March the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. There are many incredibly talented female artists who stop creating because their work doesn’t get the celebration it deserves and they don’t get the support they need. Here are some ways you can support female artists right now.
Why female artists need you
Art and creativity is a vital life force. It helps people dream, to feel less alone and to imagine a different future.
When an artist stops creating because they feel burnt out or unsupported, it’s not just a personal loss for that artist. It affects everyone.
A study of the Australian music industry by Triple J’s Hack reveals:
- Female artists are still only getting 40% or less of radio airplay on Triple J, Double J, and Triple J Unearthed, compared to 60% for male artists.
- Of the top 6 Australian music festivals in the last 12 months, male artists made up 63-90% of the artist lineup.
- Of the 120 independent Australian record labels registered with AIR, only 20% of them are managed by women.