Madeline Heuer is a musician from Cleveland who, as an emerging artist, has experienced gender inequality in the music industry.

Regrettably, there are those in the music industry who don’t see gender inequity as an issue at all. As in all areas of society, they instead turn complaints of sexism in the industry around to blame the harassed. Or, in response to a lack of female representation, they’ll argue that female musicians barely exist; or that they do, but simply aren’t as talented or generally up to the task as men.

But many are yet to recognize what these arguments are typically missing: the experiences of musicians – the female, trans and non-binary musicians who are constantly left out of the conversation. This last notion emphasizes the need for an industry-wide attitudinal shift.

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