The Gender Equity Committee (GEC) is looking forward to working together to find ways to embrace difference, and create diverse stories through music, sound and image.
Yantra de Vilder (NSW)
Elizabeth Drake (VIC)
Ken Francis (NSW)
Petra Salsjo (VIC)
Angela Little (LA)
Felicity Wilcox (Chair) (NSW)
Pictured (left to right):
Amanda Brown & John Gray (past members), Yantra, Angela, Ken and Felicity!
The AGSC acknowledges that long-term gender inequity within the screen music sector has led to overall exclusion, lower participation and reduced career success for female composers.
The AGSC is committed to equality, inclusion and diversity, and is actively working to improve gender diversity in our membership, our workplaces, our awards, and at leadership/mentor level.
AGSC Policy on Gender
The AGSC acknowledges that inequity is a real and complex issue, and that treating all people equally does not necessarily result in equitable outcomes. In order to be fair, our organisation is committed to targeted support for women to remove barriers and to encourage inclusion.
In 2017, APRA released the results of research conducted by RMIT, which examined the causes and impacts of gender inequity in screen music. It revealed that only 13% of working screen composers in this country identify as women: one of the lowest rates of participation for any screen category. In line with our broader commitment to inclusion, diversity and equality, the AGSC joins with other national screen bodies, Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Screen Victoria, Australian Directors Guild, WIFT, AWFC, and many others, to redress this imbalance.
Gender Equity Committee
In 2016, the Guild appointed a dedicated Gender Equity Committee (GEC), to develop initiatives which can lead to positive change for women screen composers at every stage of their career. The original members (Amanda Brown, Yantra de Vilder, Felicity Wilcox, Caitlin Yeo), and AGSC Executive Director Jo Smith, completed a series of successful initiatives over 2 years, resulting in the following outcomes:
Two Gender Equity roundtables (May 2016, July 2018), which examined the blocks women in our community face, and included over 30 people from across industry over a two year period and looked at the changes the industry has made, and continue to make to combat the lack of female identifying composers in our industry.
The creation of the inaugural APRA/AGSC film music mentorship for women, awarded to Nicolette Boaz in 2018 mentored by Nerida Tyson-Chew, and consulting on two other film music mentorships for women awarded in 2017-18. The 2019 APRA/AGSC Film mentorship will be mentored by Elliot Wheeler and announced later in the year.
The creation of the She Scores, She Shoots attachment with the South Australian Film Commission and the South Australian Government’s Music Development Office.
The appointment of Caitlin Yeo to the Screen Australia Gender Matters Task Force in 2017.
The appointment of Felicity Wilcox to the Gender Equity and Diversity working group of CIAM (International Council of Music Creators)
"She Scores" concert at Glories of the Score, AFTRS, (December 2017), showcasing live film music by Australian female screen composers.
Creation and screening of a video featuring Australian female screen composers in concert for International Women’s Day 2018
While we’re really proud of these achievements in such a short space of time, we know that to make a sustained difference to how women progress, men need to get involved too.
Our mission of inclusivity
The women of the GEC invite all genders to be a part of further discussion of this complex issue and to be part of the solution. To reflect our commitment to involving men in gender equity work, the GEC recently expanded. We are now a 7-member committee comprised of female and male composers:
How to go forward together?
Please watch out for updates and news, and get involved! We understand that change is not easy for everyone, and we welcome all respectful, positive discourse so we can go forward together. We encourage you to join our forums, click on our links, learn more about this issue, ask questions, reach out to female colleagues, and above all, listen to women, to find out about how to create a more inclusive culture in the AGSC.
Felicity Wilcox (Chair), on behalf of the GEC and AGSC Executive
Here are some links to articles and blogs relevant to gender equity in composition/music. Suitable for composers of all genders to stay informed. We hope you find them helpful!
Article on risk taking and hiring women in film
GEC Chair Felicity Wilcox represents the AGSC and screen composers for gender equity and diversity at international talks in Tokyo
Jocelyn Pook Article
5 Questions for Special Perspectives by 5 top female film composers
Female Composers are Trying to Break Film’s Sound Barrier
Oscars’ Scoring Contenders: Short on Diversity, Long on Patriarchy (Guest Column)
Catherine Joy’s Blog
Men just get away with being composers. We have to do this activism and keep composing
Eimeer Noone article
2019 Grammy Awards: Nominee Tia Fuller speaks out
GE&D Report from CISAC
CIAM expands footprint in Asia-Pacific
She Is The Music Launches Global Database For Women Working In Music
1200 Years of Women Composers: A Free 78-Hour Music Playlist That Takes You From Medieval Times to Now
Cat Hope: Peggy Glanville hicks Address: All music for everyone
Manifesto Pledging to Address Gender Imbalance in Music Business Arrives in European Parliament
Women in Music Festival
APRA AMCOS Gender Research Study: Australian Women Screen Composers - Career Barriers and Pathways, RMIT, Melbourne
Pinar Toprak scores Captain Marvel
‘Inclusion Rider’ explained here and here
Equalise-Production Workshops for Women
Screen Australia’s Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment
Updates on results of gender equity targets from Create NSW and Screen Australia (Gender Matters)
Spanish Women in music collective, Senoritas on Fire
She Shoots, She Scores initiative
Angela Little wins prestigious film scoring scholarship in LA
An interview with our President Caitlin Yeo
An interview with GEC Chair and composer Felicity Wilcox
WIFT Raising Films report
Screen Composers guild of Canada-Gender Research Study
Gender Equity and New Generations at CIAM, 2018