90.9 WBUR The Artery | Amelia Mason | May 25, 2016
"For two hours on the night of Monday, more than a hundred people crowded into a cavernous room at the audio software company iZotope for “The State of Live Music In Boston Forum.”
...Several people argued that venues needed to better accommodate young people—many of whom can’t attend shows at 21-plus clubs—as well as women and minorities.
“We’ve been talking about how do I get more young people in my shows,” said Hailey Magee, founder of the organization Emerging Boston Area Singer-Songwriters. “Or, how do I get more women to this venue? And I think it’s very simple: If the people are not on your stages, they’re not going to feel represented or safe in your venue and so they won’t come.” She said that only 16 percent of acts booked at Boston-area venues included women. “So for the bookers in here I would just say, are you thinking about representation before you book every bill? We’re not asking for quotas, we’re not asking for specific numbers—but are you just thinking about it at all?”