Over two years ago, Spotify created EQUAL, a global initiative that aims to promote gender equity in music and give female artists around the world the prominence they deserve. It’s a program that seeks to eliminate the existing gender gap in the music industry so that women artists, composers and producers have the representation and visibility they deserve in the sector.
Since then, week after week, we’ve been raising the volume on women artists. And this past weekend in Spain, we held the highly anticipated EQUAL Fest, a night of music, visibility, and empowerment.
Held in Madrid’s WiZink center, EQUAL Fest spotlight Lola Indigo, Nathy Peluso, Ptazeta, Natalia Lacunza, and Judeline onstage in concert. They were joined by Cuban-Spanish DJ Toccororo, as well as “godmothers” of the movement Ana Mena, Ginebras, Paula Cendejas, and Zahara.
“The Spotify EQUAL FEST is a manifestation of talent, unity and empowerment that makes EQUAL’s motto clear: it’s time to listen to female artists,” says Melanie Parejo, Head of Music for Southern and Eastern Europe at Spotify. “We sincerely thank all the artists who have participated, as well as the godmothers, industry allies, sponsors, collaborators and volunteers who have made this project possible. Listening is an action and hitting ‘play’ also serves to generate new opportunities, and that is what we have celebrated at EQUAL Fest.”
Spotify EQUAL FEST in Madrid was also attended by of prominent artists and personalities including Blanca Paloma, Sofia Ellar, Ruth Lorenzo, Omar Montes, Aleesha, Sandra Delaporte, Jedet and Mar Lucas, among many others, who joined Spotify in celebrating talented women everywhere.
Listen to the sounds of women in music on our EQUAL España playlist.