Bebe Rexha Speaks To Students About Gender Inequality, The Music Industry & Her 'Women In Harmony' Initiative
Bebe Rexha spoke to students about the reality of the music business at the London College of Music on Tuesday.
During her talk, Bebe spoke to 50 students from the courses of Music Management, Music Performance and Music Technology about her "Women in Harmony" initiative and gender inequalities within the music industry. After the talk, Bebe hosted a Q&A with her audience, providing them with the opportunity to ask questions about the initiative and Bebe’s thoughts and experiences as a recording artist, writer and woman.
The "Women in Harmony" initiative is an event founded by Bebe which has taken place in both Los Angeles and London, and aims to enable female creatives in the music industry to help and support each other, encouraging conversation and collaboration among the female writers, producers and artists who attend.
"I created ‘Women in Harmony’ to bring women together in an industry where they are not equal, and they should be," she said. "I’ve been told ‘she’s signed to your label so she’s your competition’ – nobody is your competition but yourself. There’s enough room for all of you guys," she explained to the students.
"For me personally, I don’t want to get to the biggest level where I lose a sense of who I am. No matter what you do, you should be happy and have balance in your life."
She also spoke about her artistry: "If everything doesn’t touch your fingers then you’re never going to be happy. Because if you don’t paint the painting you want in live, someone will paint it for you," she said.
"When you’re signed to a record label you are a product. So if you’re not selling or making money for them then they don’t care, you are a product. That’s when it gets hard because you are a human."