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50/50 gender balance pledge extended to more of the music industry

A scheme set up last year to rebalance the gender ratio at festivals has now been extended to more parts of the music industry.
Cardi B performing liveImage copyrightKevin Winter
Image caption Cardi B is headlining one of the few festivals that have achieved 50/50 gender balance, Way Out West in Sweden.

Last year, more than 190 festivals signed up to a pledge to achieve a 50/50 gender balance by 2020.

Seven months on, and the scheme is being extended into more venues, labels, orchestras and concert halls.

Vanessa Reed is the founder of Keychange and the CEO of the PRS Foundation, who fund musicians and emerging talent.

She was also named the third most powerful woman in the music industry by Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme, just behind Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

“We’re opening up the pledge because we recognise the gender gap is an industry wide problem, it is not just about festivals,” Vanessa told Radio 1 Newsbeat.