Spotify introduces residency program for female producers and engineers

Spotify’s EQL Studio Residency is a partnership between Berklee College of Music and Electric Lady Studios.

Photo by Bongani Ngcobo
August 20, 2018

In a year dominated largely by us reckoning with the consequences of the lack of representation in male-dominated cultural institutions, Spotify appears to be dedicated to performing their due diligence through policies such as attempting to remove content on their platform made by musicians with a history of violence,  banning content by hate-speech peddlers such as Alex Jones from the platform, and now with the introduction of a new, female-forward fellowship program.

The EQL Studio Residency, a program introduced in partnership with Berklee College of Music and Electric Ladyland Studios, was announced today by the steaming platform, with the stated goal being to “help open the door for emerging female producers and engineers while shining a light on the great work already being done by women in the music industry.”

Spotify’s Director of Cultural Impact, Kerry Steib, admits that “women are underrepresented as artists, songwriters, engineers and producers,” and that “we have to use our resources to create opportunities to address this.” That seems to be just the plan, however, with Steib promisingly adding, “This is just the beginning.”

Applications are now open for the paid, six-month program, with in-studio residencies in New York, Nashville, and London beginning in October.

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