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Help Us Educate 40,000 Industry Insiders at SXSW

by Backstage Chats Foundation
Help Us Educate 40,000 Industry Insiders at SXSW


Did you know that women make up only ~ 2% of music producers and ~ 5% of audio engineers? Just 12% of major music festival acts are female or female fronted. SXSW, one of the biggest music/film/tech conferences in the world, awarded BCF a space to educate 40,000 trade show attendees on music's gender disparity problem. Yet, the up-front materials and production costs of hosting this monumental 4-day event are in the $1,000's. Please, help us get to SXSW!

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Women in music have systemically and historically experienced intense gender disparity and discrimination. Most people, including those working in the industry, are unaware of the severity of these problems. Examples: -- Radio station policies prohibiting playing two female-fronted songs back to back on the air. -- 39% of women in music report experiencing stereotyping or sexualization -- Four out of 871 producers are women of color -- 10% of GRAMMY nominees were women (2013-2019)


Our booth at SXSW will promote gender parity through: -- Educational handouts -- On-site interviews with female rising stars in music that attract attendee attention and will air on the podcast -- Promote other nonprofits that are working to empower women in music -- Raise funds for teen girls in need to attend music/sound camps on scholarship

Long-Term Impact

By educating 40,000 industry insiders about the reality of gender disparity in music, we can positively shift policies and workplace attitudes affecting women. We can also attract more listeners to our podcast that features the stories of women in music, thus exposing the next generation to female more role models and squashing imposter syndrome. BCF's scholarship grant programs help teen girls get the experience and tools necessary to compete in the workplace and face gatekeepers.


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Backstage Chats Foundation

Location: Austin, TX - USA
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Project Leader:
Thea Wood
Austin, TX United States
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