Pop Cultures


Round table discussion and Q&A, 26th April 2019

The Allbright, 11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR.

Tickets are free but limited. Booking is essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pop-cultures-women-music-and-celebrity-tickets-59220456981

Whether on stage or behind the scenes, women's status in the music industry needs interrogation. Pop music culture circulates representations of women that both shape and reflect their role in our culture. At both ends of the spectrum it is a site for some of the most regressive gender tropes and some of the most excitingly resistant, norm-shattering responses to them. On an industrial level, women have to fight for their seat at the mixing desk: of the world’s 600 most popular songs last year, only two per cent were produced by women, the gender pay gap at some of the biggest music-focused companies is a staggering 30 per cent, and just 14 per cent of performers at US festivals were women. At the 5th Celebrity Culture Club event, our panel of speakers from academia and the music industry discuss how women are represented in the music industry, both on stage and behind the scenes.