The struggles of female musical artists in a male-dominated industry

The struggles of female musical artists around the world remain constant even as the world around them strives to become an inclusive space. Although there are fewer societal stereotypes and family rejections, there is still a male dominance in the industry that keeps women’s voices in the background.

Female artists in music in India and around the world are an inspiration to everyone as they blaze their trails and establish their roots. They have come a long way since families wouldn’t allow women to join the music industry and had to quit under pressure. However, if today they freely choose the musical path, the obstacles during the journey remain the same. They have to work in a male-dominated industry where every move is scrutinized.

Many female artists are often pushed away from due credits, others struggle to even get past the deal stage. There’s always a series of men watching and critiquing their work and deciding for them what music to make and when to make it. Women still don’t enjoy the freedom and freedom to choose their own music and release it in any way they want, which prevents them from pursuing music wholeheartedly.

The struggles of female musical artists in a male-dominated industry

Indian-American rapper, singer and songwriter Raja Kumari, who is also the founder of her independent label Godmother Records, said in a SheThePeople interview how his work previously had to be approved by a series of men. She talked about being in the industry for seven years and being told what to do instead of creating the music her heart wanted.

“It was a bunch of men. It was like the head of the Indian label had to accept, now the International had to accept, now they had to think it was a good song. Then after they agree and give the release date you have to keep it to their liking and refrain from making any changes to the songs so they actually put the promotion money on it like they have said. And you know there’s been so many broken promises along the way and so many people who had such an opinion about the song that I should come out and every time I did what I wanted to do, it went unfolded in a way that may not be numbers, but impact”

A similar judgment is experienced by even the most established female musical artists in a way that reminds them that they are not here to do what they love. These forced decisions not only stagnate an artist’s growth, but also lead to emotional and mental trauma by suppressing their feelings and emotions. We don’t need this kind of toxic behavior in the music industry. It’s time for women to lead from the front and the core. They need to be given a prominent place in the backbone of the music industry, the behind-the-scenes work and the decisions of music labels so that they have the opportunity to create the music they want. .


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