Perfect Beat, Vol 20, No 1 (2019)

Experiences and perceptions of gender in the Australian music industry

Hannah Mary Fairlamb, Bianca Fileborn
Issued Date: 22 Sep 2020


This article reports results from an online survey (n=207) about experiences and perceptions of gender from those working in the Australian music industry. Taking a feminist approach, theory on gender and hegemonic masculinity is used to discuss power in a gendered context in this industry. Literature shows women and girls experience a range of difficulties in the music industry worldwide, such as negative assumptions about their skill levels. The small body of research on gender and the Australian music industry has discussed topics such as the forgetting of women in Australian popular music history. Results reported in this article show that women’s worst experiences most often related to sexual violence or unwanted sexual advances; and men’s most often related to money. Findings contribute to the field by providing gendered analysis of self-reported data in an under-researched industry.

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DOI: 10.1558/prbt.39800


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