Welcome back to Gigs, Guitars and Gender, a podcast series about gender and the local music scenes in five cities. This is the final episode, and I’ve used it to summarize the entire project as well as the three biggest themes that popped up throughout. I’ve also collected a few of the solutions and productive steps that several artists mentioned in previous episodes; you can hear those near the end of the podcast.
This episode is the last in a series of six, so be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post to listen to the rest.
Finally, I’d just like to say thank you once again to everyone who has listened to these podcasts, to all of the musicians who talked to me about their experiences with gender and, most of all, to everyone who believed in me and encouraged me to complete this project.
These are important discussions to have, and I hope that we continue to talk about how we can be better to the women, trans and nonbinary musicians in our communities – and then, I hope we, as a community and a music scene and an industry, act on those discussions.
Gigs, Guitars and Gender is a podcast that aims to explore the role gender plays in five music scenes across the United States Midwest. In the first five episodes, host Abby Jeffers traveled to Detroit, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Columbus to talk to musicians in each city about their experiences with gender.
This final episode summarizes the entire podcast project thus far. There’s a bit of clarification at the start to explain some vocabulary and concepts that appeared during the series, and then Jeffers compiles three main themes that popped up throughout each episode: tokenism, DIY and performance.
There is still much work to be done on the issues of exclusion, tokenism, hypersexualization and discrimination of non-cis men in music. How do we work toward diversity and equality in the music scene? How do we build safe spaces for everyone? This is only the beginning to a much larger discussion – feel free to join the conversation in the comments, by leaving feedback or by tagging Indientry or #GigsGuitarsandGender on social media.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this podcast as well as every single person who has listened. Thank you also to Ohio University and the Cutler Scholars Program for helping provide the funds to make this project possible.