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Over 250 organisations pledge to tackle gender imbalance in music industry

Keychange has expanded to cover venues, management, broadcasters, orchestras and more... 

Over 250 organisations have pledged to tackle the music industry's gender imbalance. 

The announcement was made by the PRS Foundation, expanding on the Keychange pledge, launched in February 2018 to level the male-female playing field at festivals across the world. 

Barcelona's Primavera Sound 2019 was the first to achieve a 50-50 gender split, with more than 190 events now signed up to do the same by 2022. 

This latest phase of the initiative takes into account live venues, broadcasters, managers, agents and labels, alongside orchestras and conservatoires. The idea is to encourage wholesale rather than staggered change within music. 

Some of the UK's most prestigious institutions have now joined the cause, including London's Barbican and Southbank Centre, Opera North in Leeds and Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music and BBC Philharmonic. Other signees hail from countries such as Afghanistan, Germany, Spain and Ukraine. You can see all the participants on the Keychange website once you've watched this video explaning why this is so important.