On Wednesday, March 8 (International Women’s Day), Underground Music Collective teamed with Women in Music Nashville to present ‘Succeeding as a Woman in the Music Industry,’ featuring a panel of female entrepreneurs who shared their experiences navigating the music industry, the challenges they’ve faced and overcome, and the lessons they’ve learned.
This Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m., we’re proud to offer a special encore presentation of this panel discussion on our YouTube channel, to close out Women’s History Month.
Watch it Below!
On Monday, March 20, Music on the Move Studios will host its March showcase at The Basement East in Nashville. Hosted by Erin McLendon & The HellCats, this Women’s History Month showcase features performances Erin O’Dowd, Meg Rilley, Noelle McFarland, and Teagan Stewart, as well as pop-up shops from female-owned businesses.
The entire lineup joined The Quinn Spinn for a roundtable discussion about the showcase, and why it’s important for women in music to create their own opportunities. This one’s a deep dive!
Women are constantly rewriting what it means to succeed in the music industry — on their own terms. The music industry is filled with powerful women, from artists releasing record breaking singles and breaking ground in songwriting and production, to shattering the glass ceiling in the boardroom.
We are excited to team up with Women In Music (WIM) Nashville on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. — that’s International Women’s Day — to present our next virtual panel.
Tonight, it’s all about opening night of our 2023 NashLive! Cobra Series at The Cobra Nashville.
Joining us in this endeavor — our first presented show of the year — will be a stellar lineup featuring ARREIS, Chelcie Jette, and Ria Barkr. Two of the three artists on the bill have released music and/or visuals today, meaning that we’re throwing a double release party for the ages.
Tickets are available here for $10, and it’s 21+ up to enter when doors open at 8 p.m.
If you’re in Nashville, you should come out. But, no matter where you are, you can get a sampling of the lineup with this week’s Songs You Should Hear!
Hear What You Should
Want to get involved with our good friends at Music on the Move Studios? Here’s your chance!
We have new tunes blowing in, like the gentle early-autumn breeze currently sweeping through Nashville.
This week’s Songs You Should Hear lineup features three emotionally-gripping new tracks from female artists. We start by whisking you away to the scenic Pacific Northwest, before transporting back in time to the 1980s — with a twist! Then, we close with a frantic pop anthem about the difficulties of finding love, when we find it hard to love ourselves.
Hear What You Should
Erin McLendon and Caitie Thompson are the co-founders of Music on the Move Studios. Both Erin and Caitie are music educators — Erin teaches voice, while Caitie teaches multiple instruments — who are passionate about helping budding performers achieve their potential. In addition, Music on the Move’s all-female showcases provide independent artists and small businesses with a chance to build community in a live setting, while Caitie’s Paradox Jukebox podcast gives the members of that community an opportunity to share their stories.
Through Sept. 30, buy one month of lessons from Music on the Move Studios, and get the second month half off: https://www.musiconthemovestudios.com/musiceducation
According to NPR, only 12.7 percent of songwriters and 2.8 percent of music producers were female in 2021.
This alarming statistic shows how far the music industry has to go to achieve true equality.
Today is Women’s Equality Day, and our good friend Erin McLendon (co-founder of Music on the Move Studios) shares why it is important for those in the music industry to acknowledge the continued battle for equal rights — for reasons that stretch far beyond music.
Get Erin’s thoughts on the Music on the Move blog, and don’t forget to get tickets to Music on the Move’s next showcase — featuring an all-female, all-LGBTQ+ lineup — at The East Room on August 31.
I promised you the female perspective, and here it is! As someone who’s been in Nashville for 13 years now — shout out to 17 year old Erin for taking the plunge! — I have a pretty solid grasp on what it’s like to be a woman in this industry. I am also keenly aware of the fact that I have a lot to learn, and will probably always have a lot to learn. Our industry is ever-changing and, if this past year has taught us anything, it is to adapt and survive.
Let me hit you with some facts:
- In the last 10 years, the peak percentage of women being played on country radio was 33%. It has since declined to almost half of that, reaching just 16% in 2019.
- In 2019, Mickey Guyton’s single “Better Than You Left Me” was pulled from country radio after consistently climbing, because country radio “didn’t want two female ballads on the charts at the same time.”
- Only 12.3% of the 600 most popular songs from 2012-2018 were female performers. That’s 73 performers. Out of 600.
- In 2020, only four female artists made the Billboard Top 20 year-end lists, with Taylor Swift being #9.
So, what’s my point? My point is that we, as women in this industry, can’t follow the traditional model of “making it,” because that deck is simply not stacked in our favor.