Spotify’s EQL Studio Residency Will Open Door for Female Producers, Engineers

In partnership with Berklee College of Music and Electric Lady Studios, Spotify is announcing its EQL Studio Residency, which will help open the door for emerging female producers and engineers while shining a light on the great work already being done by women in the music industry.

Starting in October, the program will offer residencies in three cities: New York, Nashville, and London. During these paid, six-month residencies, one participant in each city will work in studios and gain access to invaluable networking and mentoring opportunities to further her career.

In New York, the resident will split her time between the famed Electric Lady Studios and Spotify Studios. In Nashville and London, residents will work out of the Spotify Secret Genius Studios, where Spotify has shown its commitment to supporting emerging songwriters and producers.

“Women are underrepresented as artists, songwriters, engineers, and producers,” says Kerry Steib, director of cultural impact at Spotify. “We have to use our resources to create opportunities to address this, and do it with great partners across the industry. This is just the beginning.”

“This exciting collaboration recognizes the many contributions women make in the music industry,” says Darla Hanley, dean of the Professional Education Division at Berklee. “We are happy to support and mentor the recipients of the EQL Studio Residency and look forward to sharing our expertise and many decades of combined experience across all corners of the industry with them.”

“Electric Lady is thrilled to partner with Spotify’s EQL Studio Residency alongside Berklee College of Music in encouragement of more women in audio production,” says Lee Foster, partner/general manager Electric Lady Studios. “We are strong supporters of this movement and look forward to meeting the next generation of women engineers and producers.”

Applications and criteria for the EQL Studio Residency in Nashville, New York, and London are available now; all applications will close at 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, August 24.