From the Grammy’s to the Country Music Association Awards, women are found being discriminated against in the country music industry. Last year of the 135 nominees at the Grammy Awards women didn’t even make up a third of the total nominated and the sexism doesn’t just end there. Take a look at the charts for example, in 2015 only 15 women made Billboard’s top 100 list and only a year ago two leading ladies, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, represented all women on the country music charts.
So that’s why I am supporting women in the music industry, but what will it take for us all to hear more female voices on the radio?
The main thing a fan can do is (legally) download music from the artists they like to send a message to music labels and radio stations that by supporting those artists they could attract a larger audience.
What if there’s nothing you like on the radio — get engaged, get involved, call your local radio station and ask for what you want. In the meantime, instead of complaining about the lack of women on the radio, let’s focus on the fact that female artists are already making a difference in the country music industry and celebrate the fact that we as fans get to access that work online.
See we’re lucky to be living in an age and time when we don’t have to sit around waiting for a song we like to come on the radio — we can go find whatever we want, whenever we want, and if that winds up providing enough financial support for those artists to make a good enough living to continue doing what they’re doing I say it's a win win situation.
I am currently a student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as a marketing major. Upon realizing that I wanted to change the way people perceive country music and to help women have a voice, I began Next Women of Country in 2015 promoting new female artists and sharing their stories with the world. You can find me via Instagram @nicolemmarchesi or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org