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Gender Diversity and Inclusion Training

Does your organisation want to support gender equity in the workplace? Perhaps you are not sure where to start or how you can make a difference. YSWN’s training can help.

It’s no secret what – or who – is missing from the audio industry. From studio producers and hardware designers, to AV technicians and sound engineers, most roles are still occupied by men. In fact, a 2016 survey by the worldwide Audio Engineering Society found that just seven percent of its members who reported their gender were women.

This statistic reflects YSWN’s own findings closer to home. In our 2018 Volume Up! report, we found that around seven in 10 of the Yorkshire-based recording studios we surveyed have only men working there. Just one in eight of the studios includes any woman engineers or producers. And other research including the Women & Equalities Committee’s 2024 Misogyny in Music report demonstrates that women and people of minority genders who do work in the industry face barriers ranging from disempowerment and lack of role models, to harrassment and physical and sexual assault.

This hostility means that women and minority gendered people studying music-related subjects see the industry, even before leaving education, as one that isn’t set up to support or empower them.

YSWN’s Gender Diversity and Inclusion training is a three-hour session facilitated by experienced YSWN Associates. The training providing insights into different kinds of unconscious bias, highlighting examples of gender discrimination within the audio industry and discussing practical approaches to creating a more inclusive workplace for the benefit of you and your business – looking at different areas including recruitment, pay, progression opportunities, workplace culture and marketing. By the end of the session, you will have created your own Action Plan for change.

Comments from attendees at YSWN training sessions:

  • “Informative and enlightening.”

  • “I feel rejuvenated in my passion for equality and inclusion in the music industry, especially within the tech world.”

  • “Very happy we focused on defining some actionable steps rather than just learning about the theory.”

Get in touch with YSWN’s Audio Equity Champion, Ngaio Anyia via volumeup@yorkshiresoundwomen.com to discuss setting up tailored training session for your organisation, or look out for one of our training sessions for freelancers. You can also buy-in our training as part of a package, alongside applying for Volume Up: YSWN’s Audio Equity Standard.

Volume Up: YSWN’s Audio Equity Standard

YSWN’s Volume Up standard enables sound and technology businesses of all sizes to demonstrate their commitment towards a fairer, more inclusive industry.  Organisations with a diverse workforce and ethical practices can benefit creatively and financially from new talent and ideas, as well as retaining staff and reaching new client bases.

Volume Up: YSWN’s Audio Equity Standard uses eight different strands as a framework for businesses to structure their approach to supporting women and people of minority genders in sound. The standard recognises actions rather than just words and written policies – we aim to support the industry to make tangible, long-lasting changes.

The strands are:

  • Understanding and Awareness
  • Workspace Culture
  • Working Practices
  • Pay
  • Progression & Professional Development
  • Recruitment
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Advocacy & Support.

Those who meet the Volume Up criteria will be able to display the Volume Up logo on their website and publicity materials and will be listed on YSWN’s website as an industry supporter. Once awarded, the standard lasts for two years and can be renewed.

How it works

To receive the Volume Up standard, organisations are asked to make a pledge of action under each of the strands, and then follow up by carrying out those actions.

The Volume Up application form gives a broad baseline statement of commitment for each strand and some suggested actions that organisations could choose to take to achieve the kitemark. YSWN can provide advice on suggested actions and longer-term goals for your organisation.

We recognise that organisations will have varying baselines in terms of their existing practices and in terms of the scale and size of the business. The Volume Up standard therefore aims to recognise progression rather than having standard measures applied to all organisations.

After making a Volume Up application with pledges, YSWN will follow up with applicant organisations after six months. If there has been sufficient progress against those pledges, the kitemark will be awarded, or further time agreed to take action. The application form and full terms and conditions can be downloaded here.

Cost

There is a fee for organisations applying for the Volume Up standard to cover YSWN’s administrative costs. Costs are on a sliding scale according to organisational turnover. Please get in touch via volumeup@yorkshiresoundwomen.com to find out more and discuss your organisation’s needs.

The Audio Equity Kitemark has been developed from the Audio Equity Pledge, which was co-ordinated by Eddie (Liz) Dobson and written in collaboration with the Audio Engineering Society, Mariana Lopez (University of York), Big Bear Audio, SoundGirls, Yorkshire Sound Women Network and University of Huddersfield. The kitemark develops headlines and suggested actions from the Pledge into a framework for the industry to structure their approach to supporting women in sound.

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