LOS ANGELES (September 29, 2022) – EqualizeHer, a new initiative taking solutions-driven action to create greater opportunities for women in the music business, announces the addition of singer/songwriter paris jackson to the line-up at its concert kick-off event at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA at 6:30 pm on Sunday, October 9, 2022.
As one of the event’s headliners, paris jackson will lend her voice and support to the call for gender equity in the music industry with a live performance. jackson will join Academy Award and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, and multi-platinum-certified R&B singer and disruptor, Tinashe. EqualizeHer LIVE at The Troubadour will also serve as a showcase for a diverse lineup of talent including young aspiring artists from all walks of life.
“Women bring a unique energy, perspective, and talent to the creative process, especially in the music industry. What’s lacking is opportunity,” said paris jackson.”EqualizeHer is exactly what’s needed to bring about real change. I’m thrilled to be a part of this event, this movement, and this line-up of incredibly talented women.”
EqualizeHer represents the shared passion and purpose of two women who lead their respective fields – music industry powerhouse, Linda Perry, and music-loving philanthropist, Alisha Ballard. Together, the two are committed to bringing balance and gender equity to all facets of the music industry, which falls painfully behind most fields when it comes to the representation of women.
“I’ve been in this business for a very long time and I’ve seen many people adapt to the industry standard of how females are represented and treated,” said Linda Perry. “To turn our back on what is still a very current issue is just as bad as the problem itself, and we need to show our young females how to rise above and fight for what they believe in. On October 9, we are going to let our young female talent perform for the first time at the legendary Troubadour where many iconic powerful artists have played, giving them a taste of the possibilities because when you are on that stage everyone is equal.”
“The lack of opportunities and safe spaces for women to thrive in the music industry today – no matter the path they choose – is unacceptable. This event is about starting a movement and rallying support around a change whose time has come,” said Alisha Ballard, co-Founder, EqualizeHer. “With artists such as paris jackson, Aimee Mann and Tinashe coming out to perform and help spread our message and having the right people in the room to hear it is how we are going to start to make a real impact.”
Launched earlier this year at SXSW 2022, EqualizerHer’s mission is to build a community with a shared focus on providing real-world opportunities for women and girls interested in pursuing careers in music. The upcoming concert at The Troubadour – a legendary venue that has helped launch the music careers of hundreds of leading artists — is the first in a series of planned events and activations by EqualizeHer to put talented women and girls on the stage and in the studio.
A limited number of tickets to EqualizeHer LIVE at The Troubadour will be made available to the public for this otherwise by-invitation-only industry event. Tickets are $75 for General Admission. To purchase, click here.
As of March 2021, women represent only 21% of artists, 12.6% of songwriters, and 2.6% of producers. Equally staggering is the fact that fewer than 1% of popular songs are written only by women, while fewer than .3% of songs have a single-woman writer.*
EqualizeHer LIVE at The Troubadour will help raise awareness and funds for future EqualizeHer efforts, including EqualizeHer NOW! – a first-of-its-kind, family-friendly outdoor event scheduled for December 3 where young women will have a chance to connect directly with leading industry brands and businesses; and EqualizeHer: The Art of Giving Back (working title), a planned EP produced and performed by female talent.