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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-20093

Gender-balanced Line-ups at Scotland's Music Festivals

Submitted by: Patrick Harvie, Glasgow, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Monday, December 2, 2019

Supported by: John Finnie
Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament notes that only two of the 13 acts announced so far for the 2020 TRNSMT music festival are women and that, at the 2019 edition of the event, there were only three women artists out of a total of 23 on the main stage; expresses concerns at the promoter’s reported comments that it "will be a while" until there are gender-balanced line-ups "because there’s far, far less female artists"; rejects this claim; believes that this lack of gender diversity is at odds with Glasgow’s aims as a UNESCO City of Music to become more representative of all musicians; considers that improving the gender balance of festival line-ups will create more opportunities for women artists to build their profile; understands that over 250 music organisations have signed up to the PRS Keychange initiative, which calls for equal numbers of male and female performers at major festivals and music events by 2022; believes that Primavera Sound, which was held in Barcelona in May 2019, was the first major music festival to achieve a 50/50 gender balance, and calls on all festival organisers in Scotland to do more to deliver gender balanced line-ups, including among their headline acts, and to support wider action on gender equality, such as taking action on gender pay gaps and what it sees as the under-representation of women in leadership roles.