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Music / January 28, 2021

Why Not Her? provide update on gender disparity report

Music / January 28, 2021

Why Not Her? provide update on gender disparity report

Words: Dylan Murphy

Why Not Her? the campaign group set up to campaign for more female acts on Irish radio have provided an update on their initial report that covered radio play data for Irish artists between June 2019 and June 2020.

The update examines further evidence from June 2020 until December 2020 and notes there is still a gender disparity present in the top 20 most played songs by Irish artists. The report is based on ‘Irish only artists’ and those whose music is registered on Radiomonitor, an industry-standard music airplay monitoring service.

The follow-up report found some stations did make efforts towards parity, with the likes of Fm104 increasing their inclusion of womxn by 10 per cent and RTÉ 2fm has increased their plays of female Irish artists by 30 per cent in the last six months. However, it did reiterate there is still a long way to go.

Moreover, the report noted that the increase may have be indebted due to the Irish Women In Harmony records, which drew substantial radio support.

The report revealed in its gender breakdown of artists in the top 100 Irish radio airplay chart across all radio that 85 per cent of acts were male with only 11 per cent making up female artist plays. The extra four per cent is made up of collaborations between female and male artists.

Click here to read their initial report, released last year.

Click here to read the latest update.