Spotify has partnered with SoundGirls, a nonprofit founded by Karrie Keyes and Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato dedicated to expanding opportunities for girls and women in music, to launch EQL Directory, it was announced Tuesday (Nov. 13).
The newly created global database of professionals sets a focus on amplifying the careers and achievements of women working behind the scenes in music and audio. As of now, estimates show that less than five percent of all audio professions are women.
“SoundGirls already had this global directory of women in audio and production, and we came together to help them make it more beautiful, more useful, and more visible within the industry,” says Kerry Steib, Spotify’s director of social impact. “We know that increasing equity for women in these fields is a complex problem to solve. We have to work with great partners across the industry and come together to create solutions.”
The EQL Directory also serves as a networking database: any person around the world can add their name and claim their space. Moveover, anyone looking to hire someone in the industry can consult the database to find professionals in their area.
“[We] face the myth that there are not very many women or non-conforming people working in audio, and because of this people don’t even bother to look. The EQL Directory proves that this is not true,” stated Keyes.
Additionally, Spotify and Secret Genius have assembled a team of professionals to create a new EQL Advisory Board. TRAKGIRL — who has worked with the likes of Jhené Aiko, Belly and Luke James — Lauren D’elia, Jin Jin, Kesha Lee and Ali Tamposi will all be a part of the board.
“This is a great tool to create more opportunities for women,” added TRAKGIRL. “We have to continue the work and create more inclusion and diversity in male-dominated spaces; we have a lot of work to do, but this is an awesome start.”