Females to the front: Five women who are killing it in the Australian music industry

Females to the front: Five women who are killing it in the Australian music industry

Emily Ulman (image by Simon Fazio) and Sosefina Fuamoli

Women supporting women – what’s not to love.

It’s been a rough year for the Australian music industry, and the music industry in general. Live music has taken a massive hit, artists and industry professionals have been gut-punched and punters have been left empty. But one thing that is overwhelmingly obvious is that the music industry is resilient – we can handle it and we’ll come back stronger than ever. As a collective we are a supportive bunch. Or so it seems…

A glaring issue has recently come to light thanks to equal movements, communities and initiatives, She Is The Music and Inclusionist. Missing persons posters are covering the music industry in search for female representation. Women are missing from the music industry and it’s time to shift the inequality.

Sure this is not new information – gender equality is a deep rooted issue in the music industry and there have been multiple movements over the years to close the gap. Yet the figures are still staggering. Females make up only 21.7% of artists currently floating through the music world, 12.5% of songwriters and an abysmal 2.6% of producers.

While we could focus on the lack of representation, making this a rather grim read, we want to remind you of the females in the Australian music industry that are killing it! Women supporting women – what’s not to love.

Lucinda Goodwin

Starting in our own backyard, Lucinda Goodwin is not only a renowned music photographer with a star-studded album of photo subjects to show from Ed Sheeran to Iggy Pop, Fleetwood Mac to being a pit resident at Bluesfest. During lockdown, however, Goodwin has started a second creative project, Music From The Burbs, where she captures musicians playing their original songs in their place of comfort; their home.

So far the project has featured Arthoe Aunty, Rach Brennan, Hassall, Lionel Baker, Lash 78, Anastacia Harvey and Emilia Fol.

Check out Music From The Burbs here.


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• Thanks aunty Meredith for an awesome weekend 👌🏻♥️ See you next time in the sup

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Jess Gleeson

From the same vein, Jess Gleeson is a premier music photographer who has had work featured in Billboard, Blunt, Stack, Frankie, The Rolling Stone, The Music, and Scenestr magazines. Her impressive portfolio includes megastars P!nk, Billie Eilish, and 5 Seconds of Summer and she has worked at Australia’s biggest festivals. In 2018, her work earned her the title Live Photographer of the Year at the Australian National Live Music Awards, a crown she received again this year.

Check out her impressive skills here.

Sosefina Fuamoli

Fellow Australian National Live Music Awards winner, Sosefina Fuamoli, was named Best Live Journalist at this year’s inaugural awards for her exceptional contribution to the music media space. We are lucky to call Fuamoli one of your own while she’s also the Editor In Chief at The AU Review, a writer for Tone Deaf, a freelance writer for The Pin, a judge at the Australian Music Prize and a presenter on Play On Radio Melbourne, Fuamoli is a bonafide all-rounder.

Check out her most recent stories here.


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Trying to compile invoices before EOFY after having slacked the last few months… 😫😫 📸 @michelleghunder

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Emily Ulman

In our dire time of need, Emily Ulman was the hero we all needed. If you weren’t comforted by the virtual festival blanket that was Isol-Aid are you even a music lover? Spearheaded by Emily Ulman, Isol-Aid started as a two-day live streaming festival that gave all money made to the artists involved but spawned into an event series of monumental proportions. Rightly so, Isol-Aid was the winner of the Time In Melbourne Awards for Favourite Virtual Music Festival or Event.

Find out more about the virtual festival here.


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Kickin’ ass and takin’ names (if I can reach and have a pen handy) Thanks Faz, @faz.io 🧬

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Being a musician is a tough gig at the best of times but to release songs during a pandemic and have them garner significant attention locally, nationally and internationally is a feat! Evangeline did just that with her 2020 EP, I Think About It Way Too Much, with single ‘Neighbourhood’ smashing the 40k milestone of streams. Evangeline has been killing it for years but I Think About It Way Too Much has been hailed “a stunning evolution in the creative evolution of Evangeline” by Life Without Andy.

You’ll want to check out the EP out now.


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📷 @scorpnx 🦂

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