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Surprisingly few women are engaged in music creation and performance

There are significantly more male songwriters, composers and musicians in Australia, compared with the gender distribution seen in other art forms.

Women represent just 20 percent of songwriters and composers registered with APRA, and Throsby and Zednik estimate women represent just 32 percent of musicians and 27 percent of composers currently practising professionally.

Comparable proportions can be seen in agriculture, forestry and fishing, manufacturing, and wholesale trade.

Whilst women represent 45 percent of those with a music qualification and 50 percent of those studying music, based on these statistics as few as 20 percent are likely to register a work they have written.