Spotify’s EQL initiative boosts emerging women in the music industry

Spotify have teamed up with Berklee College of Music and Electric Lady Studios to help open the door for new female producers and engineers in the music industry.

Starting in October Spotify will begin their EQL Studio Residency which will provide paid opportunities to gain unparalleled experience in the music industry for women. With the help of some of the world’s greatest musical institutions Spotify are hoping to help strengthen the next wave of women in the music industry whilst shining a light on all of the incredible work women are already doing in music.

EQL Studio Residency will offer 6 month residencies in New York and Nashville where the selected, lucky applicants will work in Spotify’s Secret Genius Studios. A third participant will be chosen to work in New York where they will split their time between the renowned Electric Lady Studios and the New York Spotify Studios. Three winning participants will each take residence in one of the 3 cities where they will work hands-on in studios and gain access to invaluable networking and mentoring opportunities to further their careers.

Lee Foster, partner and general manager at Electric Lady Studios, says: “Electric Lady is thrilled to partner with Spotify’s EQL Studio Residency alongside Berklee College of Music in encouragement of more women in audio production. We are stron supporters of this movement and look forward to meeting the next generation of women engineers and producers.”

Spotify’s Secret Genius Studios are Spotify’s hub for working with up-and-coming, emerging songwriters and producers to create unique promotional and recording opportunities. Electric Lady is a famed studio in Greenwich Village that was built by Jimi Hendrix and designed by John Storyk in 1970.

Spotify’s director of cultural impact, Kerry Steib says: “Women are underrepresented as artists, songwriters, engineers and producers. We have to use our resources to create opportunities to address this, and do it with great partners across the industry. This is just the beginning.”

Dara Hanley, Dean of the professional education division at Berklee, says: “This exciting collaboration recognises the many contributions women make in the music industry. We are happy to support and mentor the recipients of the EQL Studio Residency and look forward to sharing our expertise and many decades of combines experience across all corners of the industry with them.”

If you’re interested you can apply until 5PM EST on August 24th: Nashville New York / London

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