RMA student Eefje Smeulders presents Buma/Stemra report on gender inequality in music to MPs
A research master student in Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts, Eefje fulfilled her research traineeship at copyrights collecting society Buma/Stemra, under supervision of Pauwke Berkers. The results were presented on Thursday 5 April at Nieuwspoort to members of parliament Kirsten van den Hul (PvdA) and Esther Ouwehand (PvdD).
As only 13% of its members are women, Buma/Stemra commissioned a study to examine this gender inequality. Based on 16 in-depth interviews, a large survey and a membership database, Eefje found, amongst many other things, that women music composers, writers and producers have a lower yearly income than their male counterparts do, more often experience not being taken seriously and are less satisfied about their work.