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The Swedish, Gothenburg-based non-profit organization, EQLovesMusic, which organizes EQLovesFestival for music production and gender equality every year, starts this year’s festival program a little differently from previous years. EQLM creates and presents in cooperation with Beats By Girls N.Y. a networking event designed for specially invited guests at the Swedish Consulate General in New York.

This will take place on June 19 (during the New York Indie Week), where a number of Swedish music producers and role models in music production from Sweden go to New York and meet American role models in music production. The purpose is to network and discuss gender equality issues in music production.

We are very grateful for the Swedish consulate general support in this event and wish to thank Consul Annika Rembe and Niklas Arnegren for making this event happen.

This event got big interest and the guest list was filled up very quickly, which means that there are even more people who want to come than what it is room for.

Some of the American role models participating in the event are Erin Tonkon who worked with Lady Lamb and David Bowie’s last album “Black Star”. Gloria Kaba who worked with Madonna on her “Ray of Light” album as well as with Beyonce, Phil Ramone, Kanye West, Salaam Remi, Aretha Franklin and Frank Ocean. Heba Kadry who worked with eg. The Mars Volta, Slowdrive, Lightning Bolt, Beach House and Björk’s latest album Utopia.
Among the Swedish models, Linn Fijal, head of RMV-Studios (Riksmixningsverket), is more known as Benny Andersson’s studio, and Ana Diaz, who has worked with names such as David Guetta, Britney Spears, Wyclef Jean and others.

More of the role models that will be in place at the event are:
Melisha Linnell – Music producer, technician and sound designer who are a teacher in music production, mixing and mastering at the University of Gothenburg. Kina Nyman – Moderator of the event, songwriter and producer.
Sophia Tako – Songwriter, producer and artist. Zukie Fioxu – Producer, songwriter and artist. Nadja Itäsaari – Aspiring music producer, songwriter and artist. Anna Novak – Music producer, sound designer, songwriter and artist.

There are also a few representatives from the Swedish music industry on site:
Peter Swartling – The well-known manager and A&R who worked on developing Red One, Robyn and Mwuana as well as managing producer Melisha.
Jesper Thorsson – CEO of Export Music Sweden with 20 years of experience in the music industry such as record company director at Warner Music Sweden and Roadrunner Recordings.

The event will be filmed by film maker Rebecka Wijk Fagerberg and we will show clips from this important event at our EQLovesFestival Gothenburg event the 20:th of september. On the Swedish part of the inpirational festival for music production and equality we have collaboration with Brewhouse Gothenburg and Goteborg & Co.

We are also happy to announce that Harrison Consoles is supporting our role models by giving away their full bundle of Harrison MixBus, their amazing new DAW who has recieved praise from industry leading sound engineers.

Also, Lindell Plugin, a swedish exiting brand is also supporting our role models by giving away their amazing plugins, which is also top standard of the industry.

Swedish EQLovesFestival highlights female role models specifically in music production – an area where only 5% of women are represented and where there is a systematic invisibility and dismissal of women since the beginning of the recording and music production history.

According to the organization Women’s Audio Mission, the proportion of women who are able to make a living in music production is only 5% globally. In the Swedish Grammis Gala, four women and 49 men, respectively, have been praised in the category “Producer of the year” since the price was instituted. The proportion of male songwriters in the Swedish Melodifestivalen is 70% and the proportion of female producers is disappearing. Of Stim’s 80,000 affiliated authors, only 20% are women. On Spotify’s top list of the most popular songs in 2016, a total of 226 songwriters were involved, of which 31 were women (13.7%) and 195 men (86.3%). Only 6.3% of the thirty highest-earning authors between 2010 and 2016 were women.

This is what EQLovesFestival, which this year takes place for the third consecutive year in Gothenburg, wants to change. With the festival, EQLM wants to focus the spotlight on the fantastic role models that exist around Sweden and the rest of the world and create room for conversations about these important issues. EQLM also aims to cooperate with other similar networks within and outside Sweden.

“We know that there are many awesome talents who work professionally with music production and are not men. We want to highlight and highlight these people in order to inspire music lovers and everyone who does music. Also, the purpose is to create equal networks with professional practitioners. Our strength is that we do this because we ourselves are music producers and know that it really is needed. We want to be a part of creating a future where gender equality is the norm. ”-Melisha Linnell (Project leader for EQLovesFestival and founder of the network and the organization EQLovesMusic)

EQLovesFestival is organized by the non-profit organization EQLovesMusic, which is also a network of female music producers. The festival is supported by Kulturrådet och Musikverket, Göteborg o Company and the Academy of Music and Drama. Sponsors like Harrison Mix Bus Consoles and Lindell Plugins also contribute to this event by sponsoring our role models with their top industry products.