Billboard magazine recently released a prolific look at the top women executives in the music industry in 2017. The article includes many notable names of women, who have persevered in the traditionally male dominated industry of the music business, and who have not only stood alongside their male colleagues in corporate progression, but many times exceeded expectations in the business regardless of gender. The esteemed executives also took a deeper look on the struggle of women in the music industry, and in American corporate society in general, as well as their personal influences, achievements, and the most important and impactful news stories of the last year.
In the wake of Neil Portnow’s misguided ‘Step Up’ speech at this year’s Grammy’s, Desiree Perez, along with several other notable names on the list, have composed a letter to the Recording Academy, of which Portnow serves as president, not asking for his resignation, but rather requesting a more thorough look at the inference of a more subtle problems within the music industry. These problems were addressed multiple times by many of the women whose signatures emblazoned the letter in Billboard’s 2017 article only months before. Many of the executives in the write up talk about the industry being a man’s world, and how they had to work harder than their male contemporaries to achieve their esteemed position.
As for Perez’s role in the assertion of women in the music industry, she not only serves as a role model for up and coming females in the business, but as a reminder that not only have women ‘stepped up,’ but maintain some of the foremost positions in music today. Perez has also served as a staunch supporter of Mariah Carey and the artist’s vocalization of support for the Times Up movement, as well as the MeToo movement. Perez has and continues to play a major role as one of the best negotiators in the music industry, and as a prominent example that male domination of the business is coming to an end.