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The Guardian festival blog: Music industry urged to join campaign for gender parity | World news

Orchestras, opera companies, concert halls and record labels are being urged to join a campaign for gender parity in the music industry.

The PRS Foundation on Tuesday announced an extension of its Keychange pledge, in which music festivals, so often dominated by male performers, have committed to a 50/50 gender balance by 2022. Since its launch early last year, more than 180 festivals across the world, including BBC Proms, Kendal Calling and Tallinn Music Week have signed up.

Vanessa Reed, founder of the campaign, said its success had surpassed expectations. “We were really reassured and excited by the fact that we were approached by so many people. Fairly quickly and with no particular marketing investment we reached a 100 signatories by last June and now we are almost at 200 festivals.”

Reed said the gender gap was an industry-wide problem and it was a logical step to extend the campaign to organisations that would also…


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