Championing Diversity in Studios & Music Production

It’s more important than ever to have strong and diverse role models in the creative industries, especially in music production where women comprise less than 2% of engineers and producers working professionally. The statistics of music university graduates tell a different story however; nearly half of graduates who majored in music in university are female, but by the time they hit the workforce this number drops dramatically. There is a clearly defined disconnect between the entry of young women into creative industries, and the occupational pathways that lead them into professional careers.

Studios 301 is committed to championing diversity and gender equality within the music industry, co-hosting a series of collaborative events aimed at engaging, educating, and motivating young women and non-binary to take up roles in audio engineering and music production. The initiatives, spearheaded by Studio Manager, Shelley Bishop, and Mastering/Tenancies Manager, Lynley White-Smith, who comprise half of the management team at Studios 301, intend to provide an environment of support and encouragement for young professionals.

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, Studios 301 and APRA AMCOS have partnered on a national workshop series, aimed at promoting the growth of female and non-binary music producers. Over 100 producers in Sydney alone applied through APRA AMCOS for the full day experience, where industry facilitators walk through production techniques across band recording, pop/contemporary music, and film and TV composition. Presenters include acclaimed, multi-award winning Australian Screen composer and current president of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, Caitlin Yeo, highly sought-after classically trained screen composer Bryony Marks, multi-talented producer / engineer / musician Antonia Gauci, genre-defying producer Jan Skubiszewski, Ableton expert Jane Hanley, electronic music innovator Eve Klein, and producer / electronic musician stars-on-the-rise Ninajirachi and Mookhi.

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Later in the month, homegrown non profit organisation Women in Music Sydney and Studios 301 are collaborating on an immersive studio experience and panel discussion entitled The Recording Process, featuring an in depth look at the recording industry through the eyes of female audio engineers. Panelists include ARIA Awarding winning sound engineer Virginia Read of ABC Studios, Warner Music’s Christina Thiers, Studios 301 producer / audio engineers Antonia Gauci and Tahlia Coleman, and Studio Manager / producer / musician Shelley Bishop moderating.

The Recording Process

Wednesday, 10th April 2019
Studios 301 – 3 Ellis Avenue, Alexandria 

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Studios 301 and industry partners actively seek to improve the hire and retention rates of women in the music industry, and provide mentorship and support for young professionals entering the workforce.

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