ABC RN Life Matters - What’s it like as a woman in the Australian music scene?

Tuesday 8 May 2018 9:27AM

It’s pretty hard to ‘make it’ as a professional in popular music, especially in Australia, where the market is smaller than many other countries and fiercely competitive.

This is even more true if you’re a woman.

Women make up about half of all students in music schools in Australia, but in the industry, it’s the reverse — more men work as recording artists and record label executives. Men also receive the vast majority of royalties paid by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).

So where do all the women go?

Her Sound, Her Story is a documentary that features Australian female artists.

Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore - the film’s director - and Dallas Frasca, a rock artist for over 20 years, discuss what it feels like and what it means to succeed in music.