The Recording Academy Launches Women In The Mix Study — How to Participate

On Sept. 1, The Recording Academy, known for the prestigious Grammy Awards, announced the launch of the Women In The Mix Study. The study will be held through The Recording Academy, Berklee College of Music Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, and Arizona State University. The survey is part of the organizations’ goal to examine women’s roles in the music industry, and it will be open through Sept. 20.

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What is The Recording Academy’s Women In The Mix Study?

The Women In The Mix Study was created by The Recording Academy, Berklee College of Music Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, and Arizona State University. The three organizations previously started a study in March to analyze women’s position in the music industry, and the new survey is the next phase of the study.

According to a press release, the Women In The Mix Study “will survey women and gender-expansive people working in the American music industry to better understand their roles and realities within the field.”

The press release shares that “the goal of” The Women In The Mix Study “is to help inform diversity, equity and inclusion objectives and goals within the Recording Academy, the industry at-large and advocacy groups working in this space. With this initiative, the Academy, BerkleeICE and ASU are committed to increasing the dialogue surrounding women’s representation in the music industry and bringing further examination and exposure to this topic.”

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In 2019, Berklee and Women in Music published a study called “Women in the U.S. Music Industry: Obstacles and Opportunities.” 

According to the press release, “the Women In The Mix Study will examine overall progress since the initial report, identify where continued work is needed, include expanded gender identities, further explore pathways into the industry, and look further into the roles of women in music.”

The Recording Academy issued statements about the study

Following the launch of the study, Recording Academy co-presidents Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay wrote statements about the Women In The Mix Study in a press release.

In her statement, Butterfield Jones said:

“We continue to embrace our responsibility to inspire and influence meaningful change for women in music. The Women In The Mix Study is the next key step in our commitment to deliver on this important work. Participation is mission-criticalto gathering strong data to accelerate progress, and we encourage anyone working in music who identifies as a woman or as gender-expansive to take this survey and ask others in their music networks to do the same.”

Panay added his own statement, saying, “I am honored to expand on the impactful work initiated during my time at Berklee as I embark on my new journey at the Academy. This survey will help us better understand the realities and aspirations of our peers and what crucial steps we as an industry must take to create a better world for women and gender-expansive people in music.”

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How to participate in the Women In The Mix Study

The Women in The Mix Study is part of The Recording Academy’s continued efforts to improve diversity and representation within its organization and across the music industry.

For those looking to participate in the study, “all women-identifying and gender-expansive professionals actively working in the music industry” are encouraged to take the survey. The survey can be found here.

The Recording Academy will publish the findings of the survey and overall study in January 2022.