Remember when just Billboard’s Power 100 was comprised of just 9% women in 2016? With nothing but white faces appearing within the Top 30?
This year’s list told the same, stale story.
Just 14 women were included in Billboard’s 2017 Power 100 — 9% of the featured 153 names, with only half listed alone.
The first person of color appeared at No.28 – Warner/Chappell boss Jon Platt.
Female music industry network She Said So has had enough. The group has just created its own Alternative Power 100, compiled by its 1,700-strong network of female industry execs worldwide.
The list, revealed today in celebration of International Women’s Day, proves there are a wealth of women making a difference in the music business – you just have to know where to find them.
“The Alternative Power 100 is yet another vehicle which we continue to raise awareness of women involved in the music industry (yes, we are still at that stage), spark debate and ultimately create change.”
Andreea Magdalina, she said so
It also includes high-achieving executives from the LGBT community and from other backgrounds.
She Said So Founder Andreea Magdalina said: “The Alternative Power 100 is yet another vehicle which we continue to raise awareness of women involved in the music industry (yes, we are still at that stage), spark debate and ultimately create change.”
The SheSaid So list is intended as a symbolic gesture, said Magdalina, and ‘is by no means an accurate reflection of professional achievements or a hierarchical index supported by scholastic research and/or a substantial amount of nominations’.
She added: “It is, nevertheless, our attempt at highlighting the work of our members and their extended networks which often gets overlooked due to market saturation.
“It is our opportunity to showcase non-traditional companies, career paths and levels of success that reject unilateral thinking.
“It is our privilege to express what diversity and representation mean to us, inclusive of mainstream selections and unconventional subcultures alike.
“It is also a chance to reflect and learn about our own shortcomings in an effort to devise solutions that further our objectives beyond gender.”
Amongst those nominated are WIN CEO Alison Wenham, hit songwriter Carla Marie Williams, SVP at Because Music, Jane Third and Beats 1 Presenter Julie Adenuga (pictured above, L-R).
Also appearing on the list are Director at Downtown Records, Emily Williams, Head of Digital at Communion Music, Claire Mas, UMPG CEO Jody Gerson, VP of Goldenvoice, Lesley Olenik Galindo and MD of Glassnote Records UK, Liz Goodwin.
You’ll find the full list below.
Adriana Arce | Artist Manager, Maverick
Alison Wenham | CEO, Worldwide Independent Network (WIN)
Ana Passaseo | VP of Finance, Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Andreea Magdalina | Founder, shesaid.so
Ann Harrison | Author, Music Business
Anna Hildur | Programme Director, Nordic Music Export
Anna Meacham | International Head of Music and Entertainment, Purple Entertainment
Annie Mac | DJ
Ashley Mak | Global Event Producer, Boiler Room
Bjork | Artist
Brontë Jane | A&R , Third Side Music
Cameo Carlson | President, mTheory Nashville
Carla Marie Williams | Songwriter and Founder, Girls I Rate
Catherine Manners | Founder & Director, Manners McDade
Cathy Bauer | Head of Domestic Sales, Secretly Distribution
Cherie Hu | Media & Entertainment Contributor, Forbes
Claire Mas | Head of Digital, Communion Music
Clare Scivier | Music Coach, Clarey Sage
Dee Adam | Miss, Dee Adam at Ferocious Talent
DJ Paulette | DJ, Radio Presenter, Journalist
Elizabeth Garo | VP of Talent
Ellen Koehlings | Editor in Chief, Riddim Magazine
Emily Williams | Director, Downtown Records
Emma Birkett | Artist Manager, One Little Indian
Eric Mackay | VP Digital, EMEA & APAC, Warner Chappell
Erykah Badu | Artist
Frances Shelley | Composer
Francisca Goncalves | Creative Licensing Manager, Globe (Universal Music)
Francisca Valenzuela | Founder + Musician, Ruidosa Festival
Gabrielle Cawthorne | International Director, Warner Music UK
Georgia Taglietti | Head of Communication, International Media & PR, Sonar Festival
Gina Tucci | Head of A&R, Big Beat Records
Grace Jones | Artist
Grace LaDoja | Artist Manager
Harriet Jordan-Wrench | CEO and Founder, Secret Sessions
Harriet Moss | Global Creative Manager / London Director, Manners McDade / shesaid.so
Heather Mundinger | Creative Licensing Assistance, Downtown Records
Helen Barass | Marketing Manager, Kobalt Music Recordings
Hugo van Heijningen | Founding Member, Red Light Radio
Jane Beese | Head of Music, RoundHouse
Jane Third | SVP, Because Music
Jen Lyon | Founder / Co-Owner, Mean Red Productions / Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Jen Pearce | SVP, Licensing & Strategic Marketing, Downtown Records / Immortal Music Publishing
Jessi Lumbroso | A&R manager, FIRST MATCH
Jo Dipple | CEO, UK Music
Jody Gerson | CEO, UMPG
Judy Miller | President Publicist, Motormouth Media
Julia Willinger | SVP A&R, Mom + Pop
Julie Adenuga | Presenter, Beats1
Karen Emanuel | Founder, Key Production Group
Karma Bertelsen | Marketing Manager, Kilimanjaro Live
Kate Moross | Director, Studio Moross.Com
Kathryn Frazier | Owner/CEO, Biz3
Kelly Chappel | VP Touring, Europe, Live Nation
Kerry Fierro | Founder, Girl Power!
Kieran Yates | Journalist
Lara Baker | Director of Marketing and Events, AIM
Laura Escude | CEO/Founder, Electronic Creatives
Laurence Mulle | Artist Manager, Snoot
Lesley Olenik Galindo | VP, Goldenvoice
Livia Tortella | CEO, Black Box
Liz Goodwin | MD, Glassnote Records UK
Louisa Rainbird | Creative Manager, Television, Music Sales
Lucy Blair | Director of International Sales & Marketing, The Orchard
Lulu Simone | Founder, SoulsinAction
Margi Cheske | President, Concord Label Group
Maria Castellon | Marketing Specialist
Marni Wandner | President and Founder, Sneak Attack Media
Martine Carlson | Manager, Creative Licensing, Downtown Records
Meg Harkins | SVP of Marketing, Roc Nation
Michelle Garramone | Artist Management & Consulting, MG Entertainment Group
Michelle Golden | Founder, ProjectNextUp
Molly Neuman | Head of Music, Kickstarter
Monique Wallace | Head of Publicity, Worldwide Friendly Society
Morgan Thoryk | Music Producer, Media Arts Lab
Naomi Palmer | Founder & Senior Agent, Earth Agency
Nikki Sherrod | Senior VP Of Music, Warner Bros.
Nikoo Sadr | Interactive Marketing Manager, The Orchard
Olivia Nunn | Marketing Manager, Island Records
Patti Silverman | Connector, Advisor, Speaker, Consultant, Advisor, SF Music Tech & SXSW
Paul Benney | Founder, DUMMY Mag
Portia Sabin | President, Kill Rock Stars
Rachel Menzies | Music Supervisor / Founding Director, Native Music Supervision / Hookline LTD
Ramya Velury | Brand Management, Downtown Record
Rebecca Sahim | A&R/ Head of Publishing, Maverick
Rhian Jones | Journalist
Rochelle King | VP Product Design & Insights, Spotify
Safiya Lambie Knight | Artist and Talent manager, VEVO
Sammy Andrews | Director, Deviate Digital
Sarah Anderson | Financial Controller/ Advisor, Boiler Room / shesaid.so
Sarah Maria Elvira | Label Manager, Music Editor, Producer, A&R
Seb Weller | Founder and CEO, WMA
Stacey Tang | General Manager Columbia Records UK, Sony Music
Susan Brazer | CEO, LionShare Media
Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura | Production + Partnerships, NTS Radio
Tanyel Vahdettin | Founder, Eleven Management
Tiffany Yu | VP of Digital Innovation, Three Six Zero
Tiger Reid | International Product Manager, Beggars Group
Troy Carter | Head of Music, Spotify
Ty Stiklorius | Artist Manager, Founder/CEO, Friends at Work
Vanessa Reed | CEO, PRS Foundation
Viki Sinden | Deputy Editor, The Bunker Publishing / Upset Magazine / Dork Magazin
Wendy Carlos | Composer
Yvette Noel-Schure | Publicist and Founder, Schure Media Group
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