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Hey Ladies-NPR survey of women musicians

Desert Dancer 23 Mar 11 - 05:16 PM
Jane of 'ull 23 Mar 11 - 05:27 PM
katlaughing 23 Mar 11 - 11:13 PM
Desert Dancer 26 Mar 11 - 12:17 AM
open mike 26 Mar 11 - 12:45 AM
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Subject: Hey Ladies-NPR survey of women musicians
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 23 Mar 11 - 05:16 PM

How did I miss this entirely last year?

One year ago, NPR Music sent a survey to "hundreds" of working musicians who happen to be female, and got 700 responses. They called it, "Hey Ladies: Being A Woman Musician Today". This main page links to all the responses organized by subject, and to the series of articles arising from the project. (Note: Each time you reload this page, you get a different top bit featuring a quote and some stats.)

Here's an overview of the project with the list of questions, a link to all the answers (unsorted), and various other links.

There was also reader/listener discussion, of course, via a Facebook page.

Lots to look at.

I got to the story by checking out the page for an article about the International Sweethearts of Rhythm (a 1940s all-woman, mixed-race big band), which aired yesterday.

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: Hey Ladies-NPR survey of women musicians
From: Jane of 'ull
Date: 23 Mar 11 - 05:27 PM

Fascinating!! Much food for thought there methinks.


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Subject: RE: Hey Ladies-NPR survey of women musicians
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Mar 11 - 11:13 PM

Neat! I was wondering, at first, if it was the Music Box Project, mg mentioned last year. It's not displaying in my browser correctly, but you may see it at HERE...it was Americana Women and has some awesome recordings.

Thanks, Becky!


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Subject: RE: Hey Ladies-NPR survey of women musicians
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 26 Mar 11 - 12:17 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Hey Ladies-NPR survey of women musicians
From: open mike
Date: 26 Mar 11 - 12:45 AM

hey! Our very own MARY GARVEY is first on the list on one of those links!! and this also:
"In the hope of getting even more information and stories we're keeping the questionnaire going. If you're interested in filling it out and would permit us to publish your answers, please write us at heyladies@npr.org."

What do you think mud gals? Let's write in!


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Subject: RE: Hey Ladies-NPR survey of women musicians
From: open mike
Date: 26 Mar 11 - 12:49 AM

i have not found the full quetionaire , but here are some of the questions..."
* What style(s) of Roots Music do you play?
* What led you to play (and write - if you do) roots music?
* Did musicians in your family play with other families in your locale? (Who, where, jams, church, etc. were you included?)
* Who and what were your teachers?
* How were you encouraged or discouraged?
* Have you ever experienced a relationship that propelled, or got in the way of you career or creativity? (Explain)
* Do you feel the occupatonal avenues open to you are more or less because you are a    woman? (Explain)


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Subject: RE: Hey Ladies-NPR survey of women musicians
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 26 Mar 11 - 01:02 AM

From the "overview" link in my first post:

The Full List of Questions

   1. What is your name? If you are in one, what is your group's name?
   2. What is the best way to contact you?
   3. What instrument do you play? (vocals count as an instrument)
   4. How many years have you been playing?
   5. How many different groups have you performed with regularly? What are their names?
   6. Where are you from?
   7. Where do you live now?
   8. Is music your fulltime job? If not, what's your day job?
   9. How old are you?
10. Do you have a deal with a record company? Which one?
11. Do you own publishing rights to your music? Do you own your masters?
12. Describe your gear.
13. How would you describe your music?
14. Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?
15. What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?
16. Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?
17. Do you see differences between generations of women musicians? If you do, please describe them.
18. Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?


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