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Just 2 U.S. Festivals Join Pledge For Gender Equality

image from upload.wikimedia.org45 music industry conferences and festivals have pledged to achieve a 50/50 gender balance across their festivals by 2022,  including live line-ups, conferences and commissions. The international effort, which is led by the PRS Foundation’s International Keychange, has signed on dozens of major European fests and conference, along with 4 events in Canada and just 2 in the United States.


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In the U.S. just two events have signed a pledge to achieve full gender equality by 2022 – NYC Winter Jazzfest and  A2IM Indie Week.

“A2IM is committed to gender equality in all its endeavors and is excited to partner with PRS Foundation’s Keychange. Now is the time!,” declares Richard James Burgess of the American Association of Independent Music.

These 45 festivals and conferences have signed the pledge:

53 Degrees North (England), Aldeburgh Festival (England), Blissfields (England), Bluedot (England), Borealis (Norway), BreakOut West (Canada), By:Larm (Norway), Canadian Music Week (Canada), Cheltenham Jazz Festival (England), Cheltenham Music Festival (England), Eurosonic Noorderslag (Netherlands), FOCUS Wales (Wales), Granada Experience (Spain), Hard Working Class Heroes (Ireland), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (England), A2IM Indie Week (USA), BBC Music Introducing Stages (UK), Katowice JazzArt Festival (Poland), Kendal Calling (England), Liverpool International Music Festival (England), Liverpool Sound City (England), Manchester Jazz Festival (England), Midem (France), Norwich Sound and Vision (England), North By North East (Canada), NYC Winter Jazzfest (USA), Off The Record (England), Oslo World (Norway), Pop-Kultur (Germany), BBC Proms (England), Roundhouse Rising (England), Spitalfields Music (England), Sŵn (Wales), Trondheim Calling (Norway), Waves Vienna (Austria), Westway LAB (Portugal), Wide Days (Scotland), Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival (France)

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