An account of the experiences of young artists attending Alicia Keys' songwriting camp offers a revealing insight into attitudes around race in the music industry.
DaVionne, Ayoni and Jean have hopes of breaking into the music industry. They are all attendees at the songwriting camp created by singer-songwriter Alicia Keys in partnership with her Jungle City Studios cofounder Ann Mincielli, Jody Gerson, head of Universal Music Publishing group, and Sam Kirby of UTA (formerly WME). The camp was conceived in 2018, following a USC Annenberg study that revealed the small number of females involved in the business of making music. Women comprise just two percent of the vast industry behind the song – from songwriters to producers and engineers. The number is halved when focussed solely on women of colour. Beth Aala’s film shines a light on the difficulties women of colour face in forging a music career and highlights the importance of changing this landscape.