Beatport’s Diversity + Parity Fund is an investment initiative to support organizations that focus on underrepresented groups and promote diversity in the music industry.
The fund is dedicated to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion and an ongoing commitment to creating a more inclusive and welcoming space for all.
We fund a diverse range of projects, which can include films, activations, events, record releases, and more.
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A group of people in the Dance Music Industry who are fighting for change in an industry that has been cloaked in sexual abuse from its infancy. By sharing our own stories and those of other survivors in the industry, we can raise awareness and combat a culture of silence which turns a blind eye to the presence of violence and abuse. Through our campaign, we are pursuing drastic change in nightclubs, venues and festivals across the globe in hope that these places of work and entertainment adopt a zero-tolerance policy to harassment by creating a safe space for all to be enjoyed without the threat of sexual predators.Visit the Website
The mission and philosophy of Future Female Sounds is simple: this excellent non-profit organization, set up in 2017, was set up with the specific aim of making DJ culture more accessible to women and gender-expansive people globally. It’s as simple and sincere as that, with FFS supporting and guiding those creatives along their journey. That means that there are not only educated instructors, but also the endgame is that the DJs graduate and step out into a bigger, brighter world. A quick scan of their socials will see this ethos being celebrated daily. Safe, inspired, uplifted and transformed are the words and the adjectives used by FFS to describe the feeling they aim to reach with their workshops and overall work around the world.Visit the Website
‘Lady of the House’ is a community that celebrates, champions and honours women through a multifunctional platform. By educating and empowering, we diversify the music industry.’ It all started life as the first-ever book of its kind, telling the stories of 150 pioneering women in the music industry such as Jaguar, Sarah Story, Nicole Moudaber, Charlotte de Witte, Nina Kraviz, Ultra Naté, DJ Rap, Roisin Murphy and many more, with a special foreword from Carl Cox. Fast evolving into a global movement with many influential supporters, partners and allies worldwide, Lady of the House remains unstoppable in their mission of creating gender parity in (electronic) music.Visit the Website
Since its inception in December 2021, Change the Beat (23by23) have garnered 500 members to their community, awarded 50 brand new female, trans, and non-binary artists prizes and released their records for their work from different parts of the world by releasing their music and connecting them with the resources they need to break out in the dance music industry. 2023/24 marks the commencement of Change the Beat (23by23)’s next stage, aimed at disseminating their message extensively across the global sphere via a series of club events and showcases.Visit the Website
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life is one of the leading charities in the electronic music industry. They’re a unique charitable organization blending music and goodwill, empowering children and young people worldwide. They create fundraising initiatives that support grassroots projects around the world which make a difference to the lives of young people, empowering them to build a better future – changing lives, saving lives. They have a long established partnership with Getaway Girls who offer a range of activities and programs that emphasize building confidence, developing skills, raising aspirations, and taking positive risks in a cooperative and supportive environment. They use a strength-based approach that recognises the strengths, abilities, talents, and experiences of young women.Visit the Website
ONE OFF TRAKS is a women founded, artist-run creative platform where music and art is created, ideas are shared and industry is connected. Their walls house five music production studios, creative offices, and a bright, welcoming event space with communal facilities. Their commitment to inclusivity and fostering underrepresented voices is at the core of everything they do. They're not just creating art; they're actively shaping the future of the creative industry by centering and amplifying the voices of women and LGBTQIA+ artists. Through their residency selection process, ONE OFF TRAX and the YaYa's studio program, they are dedicated to raising the profile of safe creative spaces, breaking barriers, and fostering a more equitable artistic landscape.Visit the Website
Other Village People (OVP) creates experiences for The LGBTQIAP2S+ communities to feel liberated, to live in the truest reflection of self, connect, celebrate, and find a space to BE. OVP was founded in 2015 in Durban, South Africa in response to the lack of LGBTQIAP2S+ social spaces. Under OVP there are three queer-centered platforms, SSS (Same Sex Saturday), Grounded, and Queertopia. SSS is a genre-bending party space that runs bimonthly in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. SSS is the founding event under OVP, this party space has been supporting queer DJs and providing a recurring nightlife space for queer communities for over 7 years.Visit the Website
Saffron is an initiative taking an intersectional approach to redressing the gender imbalance in the music industry. The creation of modern music is increasingly reliant on access to digital technologies. Far from being a niche pursuit, music technology feeds into and shapes the whole music ecosystem through producing, mixing, DJing and engineering. Saffron has found the primary barriers in music tech come down to a lack of existing community and representation for people to feel they can access and thrive in these spaces. Their mission is to advance equality in music tech by creating safer spaces for those under-represented in the sector to learn, create and grow through forward-thinking technological music creation.Visit the Website
We Are Moving The Needle (WAMTN) is radically reshaping the future of the recording industry with a lens of gender equity and inclusivity. Founded in 2021 by GRAMMY winning and 8x nominated mastering engineer Emily Lazar, WAMTN is a non-profit organization that empowers women, non-binary, and trans tech creators to succeed at the highest levels. Closing the gender gap in the recording industry requires a two-pronged approach: WAMTN provides direct support to women and gender minorities to grow their potential in the here and now through scholarships, grants, gear, and mentorship, AND works to shift industry culture through advocacy and partnerships.Visit the Website
The Beatport Group announced today the recipients of its second annual Diversity + Parity Fund, which will distribute grants totaling $150,000 to accelerate gender parity and diversity across the music industry.Read Here
Future Female Sounds, Lady of the House, and #FORTHEMUSIC are co-recipients of a $100,000 investment from The Beatport Group to accelerate gender parity across the greater DJ music industry.Read Here
We speak to Tia Korpe, the founder of Future Female Sounds, to learn more about the non-profit’s new online DJ Academy and the story behind its expansive global community of female and gender-expansive DJs.Read Here
We interview Lady Of The House founder Laila Mckenzie to learn how inspiring the next generation to think about how they can achieve their ambitions in electronic music is at the very heart of this forward-thinking...Read Here
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