This photo combo of file photos shows Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams and Justin Bieber. The Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion is a launching a new initiative to create and expand more opportunities to female music producers and engineers. The academy announced The Producer & Engineer Inclusion Initiative on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, which asks that musicians, labels and others consider at least two female producers or engineers when working on a project. More than 200 have already pledged, including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Pearl Jam, Pharrell and Ariana Grande. (Willy Sanjuan, Jordan Strauss, Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Grammys launch initiative aiding women producers, engineers

February 01, 2019 - 7:06 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion is launching a new initiative to create and expand more opportunities to female music producers and engineers.

The academy on Friday announced the Producer & Engineer Inclusion Initiative, which asks that musicians, record labels and others consider at least two female producers or engineers when working on a project, whether it's a song or an album.

More than 200 have already pledged, including Lady Gaga, Pearl Jam, Quincy Jones, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande.

A 2018 USC Annenberg study revealed that only 2 percent of music producers and 3 percent of engineers are women.

The new task force comes after Grammys CEO Neil Portnow said women need to "step up" at last year's awards show.

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