Pearl Jam, The Killers, Fall Out Boy & more sign initiative to expand opportunities for female producers and engineers

ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam, The Killers and Fall Out Boy are among the many acts to sign a new initiative designed to expand opportunities for female producers and engineers.

The initiative, launched by the Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, asks that anybody, or any company, who is “responsible for or involved in selecting and hiring producers and engineers to commit to making hiring decisions only after considering a slate of candidates that includes at least two women.”

According to a study conducted by USC Annenberg in 2018, women make up only two percent of producers and three percent of engineers/mixers in popular music.

Other artists who’ve signed the initiative include Garbage‘s Shirley Manson, Bleachers, Bishop Briggs, Tegan and Sara, Of Monsters and Men, WALK THE MOON and X Ambassadors, as well as pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez.

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