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There's still a huge pay gap between women and men in the music industry

The three major labels, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, and Universal Music Group, released their average hourly gender pay gaps on April 4, 2018 in the UK. The numbers below include the hourly wages and the bonuses that were paid out. While Sony Music's pay gap is the smallest, it still sits at a staggering 22.7%. UMG is at 29.8%, and WMG is at a jaw-dropping 49%. The average between the three major labels is 33.8%.

The male executives at each label are, obviously, paid the most. They also receive the largest bonuses. 

Last year, BBC released their numbers for the pay gap between men and women, and it caused an uproar. With only 10.7% of a gap, BBC is far smaller than the major labels in the UK. 

Percentage of men and women that work at each label in the top-earning quartile

Universal Music Group: 
Male: 70%
Female: 30%

Sony Music: 
Male: 63.3%
Female: 36.7%

Warner Music Group: 
Male: 74%
Female: 26%

Live Nation's pay gap is much higher than the major labels in the UK

The pay gap is much greater at Live Nation, but the amount of men and women in the top-earning quartile is smaller: 59% are men, and 41% are women. 

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The average hourly rate at the company is an astounding 46%, which means that women earn 54p for every £1 that men make. Additionally, females make 88% less than men when it comes to bonuses. 

Women have proven time and time again that they provide tremendous value to the music industry. It's time the industry (and world) pay them as such. 

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