This Report Analyzed the Best (and Worst) of Women's Representation at Latin American Music Festivals

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Over the previous few years, the Chilean feminist collective Ruidosa has been having a look at how usually ladies make the invoice at main Latin American music festivals. The powerhouse group crunched the numbers for 2018 and, as a lot of a bummer as it’s, the message couldn’t be clearer: ladies nonetheless aren’t getting booked for festivals and organizers must do higher.

A brand new research launched by the group exhibits that gender inclusivity at 66 related Latin American music festivals has barely made progress during the last three years. In 2016, solely 9.1 % of acts at these festivals had been led by ladies; in 2018, that quantity grew to only 10.1 %. Not one of many pageant lineups managed to achieve a 50-50 gender stability, and when Ruidosa calculated the averages between 2016 and 2018, they discovered that solely three or much less acts out of 10 are fronted by ladies and even made up of a minimum of one lady.

These numbers are notably disheartening within the context of our cultural second, when conversations round gender disparity have unfold amid the #MeToo period. All of those outcomes nonetheless paint a bleak image of what alternatives seem like for ladies in music, although it might appear that now, greater than ever, issues must be enhancing. This analysis exhibits that extra work stays—and extra trade leaders should be listening. The silver lining is that there are collectives like Ruidosa forming all through Latin America, they usually’ve been combating relentlessly to push discussions ahead, deliver points to the forefront, and demand change on the highest ranges.

To present some examples of what’s working and what’s not, Ruidosa recognized the festivals that are inclined to have probably the most ladies performing (they know what they’re searching for: Ruidosa has been placing on their very own pageant for a couple of years now). They discovered that Colombia’s Estéreo Picnic and Mexico’s Vive Latino had the best share of girls, however with charges of seven % and 5.9 % respectively, even these numbers are abysmal at greatest. Ruidosa additionally discovered that lineups in Chile, Colombia, and Mexico are barely extra inclusive, with 20 and 30 % of musical acts led by ladies or together with ladies. The lowest illustration charges occurred at festivals in Argentina, the place the variety of ladies artists lingers round 14 %.

Festivals are only one a part of creating higher and more healthy music scenes. Major awards and ceremonies additionally play a task, and Ruidosa has been main the cost to level out the disparities that plague these milestone occasions as nicely. Earlier this yr, they examined ladies’s illustration at main Latin music awards and unveiled some irritating information. In 2017, solely 68 ladies—or 14 %—acquired nominations out of a potential 504 awards, whereas their male counterparts swept 78 % of nominations. The numbers dropped even decrease when it got here to precise wins, with males accumulating 82 % of awards. Now that we’re all conscious and armed with precise numbers, there’s no excuse for staying on the identical sexist path.

Read the complete research over at Ruidosa’s web site, and take a look at graphics summarizing the report’s findings under.

This Report Analyzed the Best (and Worst) of Women's Representation at Latin American Music Festivals

Graphic by Francisca Alcalde. Courtesy of Ruidosa

This Report Analyzed the Best (and Worst) of Women's Representation at Latin American Music Festivals

Graphic by Francisca Alcalde. Courtesy of Ruidosa

This Report Analyzed the Best (and Worst) of Women's Representation at Latin American Music Festivals

Graphic by Francisca Alcalde. Courtesy of Ruidosa

This Report Analyzed the Best (and Worst) of Women's Representation at Latin American Music Festivals

Graphic by Francisca Alcalde. Courtesy of Ruidosa

This Report Analyzed the Best (and Worst) of Women's Representation at Latin American Music Festivals

Graphic by Francisca Alcalde. Courtesy of Ruidosa

This Report Analyzed the Best (and Worst) of Women's Representation at Latin American Music Festivals

Graphic by Francisca Alcalde. Courtesy of Ruidosa

This Report Analyzed the Best (and Worst) of Women's Representation at Latin American Music Festivals

Graphic by Francisca Alcalde. Courtesy of Ruidosa