On the heels of its successful “Sound Up Bootcamp for Women of Color Podcasters,” where 3 out of 10 winners were awarded $10,000 to launch their podcasts (one of them being Geneticist Janina Jeff, our December 2017 cover girl!,) Spotify has announced the Equal Studio Residency Program for Women.
Partnering with Berklee College of Music and Electric Lady Studios, Spotify intends to pave the way for emerging female producers and engineers while highlighting existing women in the music industry.
“Women are underrepresented as artists, songwriters, engineers and producers,” says Kerry Steib, Director of Cultural Impact. “We have to use our resources to create opportunities to address this, and do it with great partners across the industry. This is just the beginning.”
The program begins in October and will offer three, six-month residencies in three different cities: New York, Nashville, and London. One participant in each city will work hands-on in Spotify’s studios and have the opportunity to network and receive mentoring to further her career.
“This exciting collaboration recognizes the many contributions women make in the music industry,” says Darla Hanley, Dean of the Professional Education Division at Berklee. “We are happy to support and mentor the recipients of the EQL Studio Residency and look forward to sharing our expertise and many decades of combined experience across all corners of the industry with them.”
“Electric Lady is thrilled to partner with Spotify’s EQL Studio Residency alongside Berklee College of Music in encouragement of more women in audio production,” says Lee Foster, Partner/ General Manager Electric Lady Studios. “We are strong supporters of this movement and look forward to meeting the next generation of women engineers and producers.”
The application process runs through August 24.