UCA bids to help reduce music industry gender gap

The Women in Music initiative will award £5,000 scholarships and industry mentoring to three women enrolling on the university's music composition and technology degree

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has announced a Women in Music scholarship aimed at reducing the industry’s gender gap by supporting women at the start of their careers.

The initiative will award £5,000 scholarships and industry mentoring to three women enrolling on the BA/BSc (Hons) Music Composition & Technology in 2019, with a single prize winner also receiving equipment from music technology specialists, Audient UK.

Dr Harry Whalley, Course Leader of the BA/BSc (Hons) Music Composition & Technology, said: “As well as offering financial support, the initiative will encompass talks, workshops and mentoring that not only celebrates innovators but also seeks to inspire a new generation.

“We embrace the true plurality of music in terms of the tools, styles and people involved in the invention of new music. We want students to follow their individual passions while also learning the skills required to become creative practitioners today.”

The organisation, Women in Music, estimates that the gender divide in music across all regions is split at 70/30, with a Canadian study citing that women represent as little as six percent of recognised producers in the US and Canada. Of the 600 most popular songs from 2012 to 2017, only 12 percent were written by women, according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

The BA/BSc (Hons) Music Composition & Technology is based at UCA Farnham and offers students the chance to be taught by leading technologists, session musicians, composers, sound designers and industry experts, and opens up pathways to a number of roles, such as film composer, music supervisor, music producer or sound designer.

Applicants to the scheme will be asked to submit a portfolio of work and assessed on their creativity, originality, technical skill, contextualisation and potential for development, alongside their academic record.

To find out more about the scholarship, click here