The UK's leading music development funder, PRS Foundation’s new music industry initiative Keychange has recruited over 45 music festivals as punters in the bid make 50/50 gener-balanced festival lineups by the year 2022.
Several festivals from both the USA and Europe have promised to make a more concious effort in line-up selection and start the movement for more female headliners.
"The Keychange network of female artists and industry professionals and the festival partners’ idea of establishing a collective pledge will significantly accelerate change,” says Vanessa Reed, CEO of the PRS Foundation. "I hope that this will be the start of a more balanced industry which will result in benefits for everyone.”
Just this year, the North Carolina festival Moogfest announced that its line-up would be led by all female, trans and non-binary talent while Sweden got the green light for Statement Festival - a 10,000 capacity "man-free" music event which is set to take place next summer.
It's great to see more inclusion for female artists!