The Recording Academy – the organisation responsible for the Grammys – has announced a new initiative to benefit female producers and engineers in the music industry. The announcement follows some pretty poor representation by the Academy in the last year or so; in January 2018, its president Neil Portnow attributed the underrepresentation of female acts to women just needing to “step up”, while the organisation’s response to criticism on the subject was similarly uninspiring.
The new initiative, though, is presumably an attempt to correct the course of the Recording Academy’s approach (and that of the music industry as a whole). It comes after the formation of a “Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion” last year.
The Producer and Engineer Inclusion Initiative asks “any entity or individual responsible for or involved in selecting and hiring producers and engineers to commit to making hiring decisions only after considering a slate of candidates that includes at least two women”. And, on a more advisory note, it suggests that producers “take gender diversity challenges in music’s technical fields into account when determining who to mentor and prepare for development and advancement opportunities”.