Females To The Front: Five women that are killing it in the Australian music industry

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Females To The Front: Five women that are killing it in the Australian music industry

Sosefina Fuamoli by Michelle Grace Hunder.
Words by Tammy Walters

Women supporting women – what’s not to love.

It’s been a rough year for the Australian music industry, and the music industry in general (cheers Covid!). Live music has taken a massive hit, artists and industry professionals have been gut-punched and punters have been left empty. But one thing that is overwhelmingly obvious is that the music industry is resilient – we can handle it and we’ll come back stronger than every! As a collective we are a supportive bunch. Or so it seems…

A glaring issue has recently come to light thanks to equal movements communities and initiatives, She Is The Music and Inclusionist. Missing persons posters are covering the music industry in search for female representation. Women are missing from the music industry and it’s time to shift the inequality.

Sure this is not new information – gender equality is a deep rooted issue in the music industry and there have been multiple movements over the years to close the gap. Yet the figures are still staggering. Females make up only 21.7% of artists currently floating through the music world, 12.5% of songwriters and an abysmal 2.6% of producers. Disgusting!

While we could focus on the lack of representation, making this a rather grime read, we want to remind you of the females in the Australian music industry that are killing it! Women supporting women – what’s not to love.

Lucinda Goodwin
Starting in our own backyard, Lucinda Goodwin is not only a renowned music photographer with a star-studded album of photo subjects to show from Ed Sheeran to Iggy Pop, Fleetwood Mac to being a pit resident at Bluesfest. During lockdown, however, Goodwin has started a second creative project, Music From The Burbs, where she captures musicians playing their original songs in their place of comfort; their home.

So far the project has featured Arthoe Aunty, Rach Brennan, Hassall, Lionel Baker, Lash 78, Anastacia Harvey and Emilia Fol.

Check Out Music From The Burbs here.

Jess Gleeson
From the same vein, Jess Gleeson is a premier music photographer who has had work featured in Billboard, Blunt, Stack, Frankie, Rolling Stone, The Music, and Scenestr magazines. Her impress portfolio includes megastars P!nk, Billie Eilish, and 5 Seconds of Summer and she has worked at Australia’s biggest festivals. In 2018, her work earned her the title Live Photographer of the Year at the Australian National Live Music Awards, a crown she received again this year.

It’s not hard to see why! Check out her impressive skills here.

Sosefina Fuamoli
Fellow Australian National Live Music Awards winner, Sosefina Fuamoli, was named Best Live Journalist at this years inaugural awards for her exceptional contribution to the music media space. A contributor at our sister magazine Beat, the Editor In Chief at The AU Review, a writer for Tone Deaf, a freelance wrier for The Pin, a judge at the Australian Music Prize and a presenter on Play On Radio Melbourne, Fuamoli is an all-rounder!

Check out her most recent stories here.

Emily Ulman
In our dire time of need, Emily Ulman was the hero we all needed. If you weren’t comforted by the gigantic virtual festival blanket that was ISO-AID are you even a music festival lover? Spearheaded by Emily Ulman, ISO-AID started as a two-day live streaming festival that gave all money made to the artists involved but spawned into an event series of monumental proportions. Rightly so, ISO-AID was the winner of the TimeIn Melbourne Awards for Favourite Virtual Music Festival or Event.

Find out more about the virtual festival here.

Being a musician is a tough gig at the best of times but to release songs during a pandemic and have them garner significant attention locally, nationally and internationally is a feat! Evangline did just that with her EP I Think About It Way Too Much, with single ‘Neightbourhood’ smashing the 40k milestone of streams. Evangline has been killing it for years but I Think About It Way Too Much has been hailed “a stunning evolution in the creative evolution of Evangline” but Life Without Andy.

You’ll want to check the EP out now.

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Let us know about the females in the music industry that you think deserves recognition for their amazing work so we can shout it from the rooftop and push those figures towards the 50% mark!