PRS for Music has released a list of the 100 most influential female songwriters and composers of the year ahead of International Women’s Day 2020.
The organisation also signalled that the profile of women in the music business is changing for the better. According to PRS for Music membership data, nearly 2,000 women registered as professional songwriters and composers in the UK in 2019, up 60% year-on-year. Of those that registered, almost two thirds (63%) of those who registered were under the age of 30.
Claire Jarvis, director of membership, PRS for Music, said: “While it’s encouraging to see an increase in female songwriters and composers joining PRS for Music, this number is still dwarfed by 5,580 male songwriters joining in the same year, which means there is still work to do.
“As the music industry works together towards a more equal gender balance across every aspect of its landscape, we will continue to work with our members, peers and sister organisations to encourage and support songwriters and composers from every background.”
However, it’s not all good news: the top 10 female songwriters and composers generated 67% less income than their top 10 male counterparts showing that inequality still prevails.
The society, which represents over 145,500 songwriters, composers and music publishers, is promoting the chart ahead of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020.
Adele has remained the most popular female songwriter for the past five years, while The Spice Girls’ Spice World 2019 Tour grossed over GBP60m selling out stadiums UK-wide.
PRS 100 Women Changing Music list
NB: Names appear in alphabetical order and show most influential songwriters of 2019.
Alannah Currie (Thompson Twins)
Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather)
Aluna Francis (AlunaGeorge)Amanda Ghost
Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)
Corinne Bailey Rae
Elena Tonra (Daughter)
Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins)
Ellie Rowsell (Wolf Alice)
Emma Bunton (Spice Girls)
Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine)
Galia Megan Durant
Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls)
Gillian Gilbert (New Order)
Grace Chatto (Clean Bandit)
Hannah Reid (London Grammar)
Helen Jane Long
Isabella Summers (Florence + The Machine)
Josephine Vander Gucht (Oh Wonder)
Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES)
MARINA (Marina and the Diamonds)
Mel B (Spice Girls)
Melanie C (Spice Girls)
Róisín Murphy (Moloko)
Romy Madley Croft (The xx)
Sharleen Spiteri (Texas)
Shaznay Lewis (All Saints)
Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl)
Victoria Beckham (Spice Girls)
Wendy Elizabeth Pigott
Zeriiya Zekkariyas (formerly Linda Womack)