‘You are left flailing to try and look after yourself’

How the music industry still constrains mothers’ careers.
The torso of a pregnant violinist with musical notes drawn on the bare stomach.

Women participate in Australia’s music industries – as musicians and workers – at rates well below men. On average, women receive less airplay on Australian radio, less pay and less representation on music boards, and in awards and line-ups than their male counterparts.

Understanding why women may leave their music careers and what could bring them back is an important part of solving the puzzle to increase their participation.

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