Sustainable change in the African music sector

Gender@Work ist ein panafrikanisches Programm, das darauf abzielt, weibliche Fachkräfte in der afrikanischen Musikbranche weiterzubilden und ihre Repräsentation zu stärken.

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Globally, women are underrepresented in the music sector – not only on stage, but also behind the scenes. Since 2019, the Gender@Work program has therefore been supporting the capacity building and employment of women in the African music industry through workshops, networking, and training materials.

The program aims to promote and represent female professionals as well as create sustainable jobs and events in the African music business. In the long term, Gender@Work thus contributes to a transformation of the sector.

The anchor point for the project is the Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES), which takes place every year in a different African city and thereby reaches participants from different countries. On the one hand, the conference creates space for exchange and networking. On the other hand, it offers the opportunity to gain practical experience, for example in music business management or recording and production. In addition, Gender@Work arranges internships and mentors, develops tutorials and publishes best practice examples.

In 2022, the focus will be on stage management. More details here:

The program was initiated by the Music In Africa Foundation, with support from the Siemens Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut, as well as funding from the Siemens Cents4Sense Initiative.