April 15, 2021

EMEE signing the Keychange Pledge

Representation of women and gender minorities in the music industry remains very low in all European countries. Across the participating countries’ collecting societies, women represent 20% or less of registered composers and songwriters. Earnings for women are even lower and women and gender minorities are underrepresented in leadership roles across the industry and on stages at festival programmes.

Keychange is an international gender equality campaign that invests in emerging talent whilst encouraging festivals, conferences and a growing range of music organisations and institutions to sign a pledge to include at least 50% women and under-represented genders in their programming, staffing and beyond.

In our daily task of supporting the European music sector in its international development strategy, we believe that promoting gender equality is a necessary change and a factor of diversity and growth. By signing the Keychange pledge, we commit with our members to rebalancing the gaps. – Corinne Sadki (EMEE Executive Board President)

The Keychange Pledge represents a collective effort to change this landscape. Through the Keychange Pledge, Keychange is building a network of music festivals and organisations that are committed to achieving and transforming representation throughout the music industry.

Signing the Keychange pledge EMEE as a network will be:

  • Aiming at gender-balanced bodies
  • Aiming at gender-balanced speaker selections for panels organised by EMEE and encouraging its members to do so
  • Aiming at a gender-balanced selection of experts working on EMEE projects and encouraging its members to do so
  • Promoting diversity and gender balance amongst our members and beyond