The Recording Academy is kicking off Grammy Week with a virtual event called “Women in the Mix” on March 8, which is also International Women’s Day.
The event is intended to recognize the contributions of female producers, engineers, artists, and executives, with a goal “to close gender gaps on and offstage.”
The event will spotlight female producers and engineers in the music industry while encouraging and facilitating mentorship between established women in the industry and aspiring female music professionals.
The Recording Academy has been focused on the gender gap in the recording studio for a while. This event follows follows the academy’s Women In The Mix Pledge in 2019.
Grammy history bears out the need for more progress in this area. In the 47 years that the Grammys have awarded producer of the year, non-classical, female producers have been nominated in the category just eight times — and only four of the eight have been nominated on their own, not in collaboration with male producers. Those four are Paula Cole (1997), Sheryl Crow (1998), Lauryn Hill (1998), and Linda Perry (2018). No woman has ever won in the category — on her own or in collaboration with a male producer.
The event will be held at 5:00 p.m. PT on Grammy.com. Panels, discussions and performances will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 63rd annual Grammy Awards are set for March 14.
Confirmed participants, in addition to a large contingent of Recording Academy-affiliated pros, include:
Ingrid Andress, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter
Denisia “Blu June” Andrews (Nova Wav), Grammy-nominated songwriter
Brittany “Chi” Coney (Nova Wav), Grammy-nominated songwriter
Rocsi Diaz, television personality
Chloe Flower, classical pianist and composer
Cyndi Lauper, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter
EveAnna Manley, president, Manley Laboratories
MC Lyte, Grammy-nominated rapper
Piper Payne, mastering engineer
Sheila E., Grammy-nominated artist and percussionist
Ebonie Smith, music producer, engineer and singer/songwriter
Tina Tchen, president & CEO of TIME’S UP
Recording Academy staffers and trustees who are scheduled to participate include:
Harvey Mason jr., chair & interim president/CEO
Christine Albert, chair emeritus, board of trustees
Tammy Hurt, vice chair, board of trustees
Valeisha Butterfield Jones, chief diversity, equity & inclusion officer
Ruby Marchand, chief industry officer
Kelley Purcell, vice president, membership & industry relations
Maureen Droney, senior managing director, producers & engineers wing
Tera Healy, senior. director, east region
Leslie Ann Jones, Grammy-winning engineer and trustee