Panteia was invited by the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance to present the findings of a study on ‘gender equality in the cultural and creative sectors’ at an expert workshop on gender and diversity in the music industry. The study was carried out for the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC).
The study identifies the situation of female artists and professionals in the cultural and creative sectors (CCSs), and maps the existing international recommendations aiming to achieve gender equality in these sectors. The study noted that there is a lack of systematic and internationally comparable information across countries in relation to gender issues, and men tend to be more prevalent in more prestigious, decision-making, and creative leadership positions. The gender pay gap exists in the cultural and creative sectors, and gender stereotyping and gendered occupations mean less vertical growth in the CCSs for women.
Martin Clarke, one of the lead researchers on the project, presented the main findings and gender stereotypes that were identified, as well as the best practices which tackle these stereotypes and the concrete changes that can be observed in the music industry.
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