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Grammy Award winning artist and The Voice judge Alicia Keys announced recently the formation of a music-industry group for female advancement called She Is the Song, as part of her acceptance speech for the Icon Songwriter honor at the National Music Publishers Association’s annual meeting in New York.

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She had this to say: “I’ve joined forces with a group of really powerful female executives, songwriters, artists, engineers, producers and publishers to help reshape the industry that we all love by creating real opportunities and a pipeline of talent for other women. We want to create a model for change that effects women across all industries. We deserve the utmost respect, and so many of these women across industries are telling our culture that time is up on double standards, and it is it’s over for pay inequity and colleagues who are at best disrespectful and at the worst unsafe — so it’s over for that.”

She also provided the following sobering statistics:

– Of almost 3,000 pop songwriters credited last year only 12% were female

– Only 3% of the engineers were female

– Only 2% of producers are female (including Keys)

“Our world is 50-50, and it’s time for our industry to reflect that,” stated Keys.

We can’t wait to hear more about this!

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