About

Equalizer was launched by Spotify in the Nordics in 2017. It is a long-term program to support and raise the number of female and non-binary songwriters and producers on the charts. By looking at Spotify’s own data, we could see the imbalance in clear numbers.

Vision

Equalizer’s vision is to contribute to a music industry where all creators, regardless of gender, enjoy equal conditions in which they not only succeed, but also thrive.

Why

The numbers say it all. The initiative launched in the Nordics and even though equality has come a long way, the numbers look more or less the same everywhere.

How

As a music industry leader, Spotify’s mission with Equalizer is to take a public stand for equality. We want to use our platform to facilitate change through creating networking opportunities, education, and inspiration.

Equalizer is centered around three key themes: networking, education and inspiration.

Networking

Equalizer facilitates opportunities for creators to build and extend their network within the music industry, to create space for career talk and inspiration outside of the studio environment.

Education

Equalizer creates awareness within the music industry and empowers creators through courses, tools, and knowledge.

Inspiration

Equalizer highlights role models within the industry to inspire the next generation of music creators.

Resources

We are many who strive toward an equal future. Here are some of the other initiatives working for equality in the music industry and other useful resources. Are we missing any that should be listed here? Please let us know! Send us an email at equalizer@spotify.com

Inclusion in the Recording Studio? – An annual report on the music industry from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative that examines gender and race/ethnicity of artists and content creators across 800 popular songs.

Vem kan bli ProducentA music production and sound technology education in Sweden for under-represented groups.

Hej SøsterA grassroots movement in Denmark that started with a playlist created by artist Fallulah consisting exclusively of female Danish musicians. 

She can playA danish community where young women can develop their musical talent, seek good advice and meet like-minded people. 

Upfront Producer NetworkA Sweden based community of women, non-binary and trans music producers to share experiences and knowledge.

KeychangeA global network and movement working towards a total restructure of the music industry in reaching full gender equality.

Equalizer Tutorials – Get inspired by some of the sharpest songwriters and music producers by heading over to the Equalizer tutorial playlist on Youtube.

Spotify for artists – Make sure to claim your profile and get access to get insights, promote your music and connect with fans.

What we do

Some examples of activities and events organised by Equalizer.

Networking Sessions

To enable opportunities for aspiring creators, we have been organising networking sessions with industry professionals since 2017.

Equalizer Producer Camp

To empower artists and songwriters in the studio, we started a music production course for female and non-binary creators.

Equalizer Yearly Meetups

Once a year we gather the Equalizer network to connect and share experiences at a meetup at the Spotify office.

Equalizer Talks

We invite creators and music industry professionals to discussions on gender equality behind the music and more.

Partners & Supporters

Equalizer has partnered with people and brands who share our values. Shout out to Way Out West Festival, Gottefar, MXM Music, Tracklib, STIM, She Can Play, Hej Søster, Musikförläggarna, XLN, Northbound Studios and RMV Studios for supporting our cause.

Equalizer Podcast

In 2017 we launched the Equalizer podcast to give music creators a space to speak about their art and craft. Hosted by Linnea Henriksson and Evyn Redar, the show invited artists, writers and producers from a wide range of genres - Zara Larsson, Jenny Wilson, First Aid Kit and Tove Lo to name a few.

Some voices on Equalizer

Drag

We are all making active choices, consciously or not, to keep the existing patriarchy norms. What if we just started making other choices?

Linnea Henriksson
Artist, songwriter, music producer

The Producer Camp gave me the luxury of people listening, answering my questions and showing me that it’s not as hard as I thought.

Iman Conta Hultén
Songwriter, producer and artist

I left the Equalizer dinner feeling strong, hopeful and warm in my soul. Thank you for a very lovely evening.

Josefin Glenmark
Songwriter

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of Equalizer. Honestly, if this was 15 years ago, my life would probably looked incredibly different today.

Sarah Dawn Finer
Artist, songwriter

We are all making active choices, consciously or not, to keep the existing patriarchy norms. What if we just started making other choices?

Linnea Henriksson
Artist, songwriter, music producer

The Producer Camp gave me the luxury of people listening, answering my questions and showing me that it’s not as hard as I thought.

Iman Conta Hultén
Songwriter, producer and artist

I left the Equalizer dinner feeling strong, hopeful and warm in my soul. Thank you for a very lovely evening.

Josefin Glenmark
Songwriter

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of Equalizer. Honestly, if this was 15 years ago, my life would probably looked incredibly different today.

Sarah Dawn Finer
Artist, songwriter

We are all making active choices, consciously or not, to keep the existing patriarchy norms. What if we just started making other choices?

Linnea Henriksson
Artist, songwriter, music producer

The Producer Camp gave me the luxury of people listening, answering my questions and showing me that it’s not as hard as I thought.

Iman Conta Hultén
Songwriter, producer and artist

I left the Equalizer dinner feeling strong, hopeful and warm in my soul. Thank you for a very lovely evening.

Josefin Glenmark
Songwriter

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of Equalizer. Honestly, if this was 15 years ago, my life would probably looked incredibly different today.

Sarah Dawn Finer
Artist, songwriter

Who is included within female and non-binary?

With female we refer to anyone who identifies as female, cis or trans. With non-binary we refer to anyone who identifies outside the gender binary.

Who has been involved in Equalizer to date?

Since it launched in 2017, Equalizer has involved more than 100 songwriters, producers and industry professionals in networking sessions, the podcast, producer camps and more. We’ve had the privilege of welcoming some of the world’s greatest writers and producers on board, including Noonie Bao, Veronica Maggio, Katy Perry, Max Martin, Shellback, Kygo, Mabel, Linnea Henriksson and many, many more.

How can I get involved?

If you are a female or non-binary songwriter or producer, you can apply to upcoming events on the event page. For any other inquiries, reach out to us at equalizer@spotify.com.

Who can apply for the activities?

Equalizer is focused on giving female and non-binary songwriters and music producers support in their careers. However, we welcome all genders to join the journey towards equality, and invite facilitators, guest speakers and/or guests to our activities – no matter their gender.

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