We strengthen the music industry.

Women, inter, non-binary, trans and agender people are significantly underrepresented in the Swiss music industry. While it is estimated that around 50% of girls are active in music schools, there are hardly any women, inter, non-binary, trans and agender people active in the professional sector. To change this, we all need to take responsibility. Every individual. Every organisation. Every institution. Helvetiarockt identifies grievances, points out alternatives and finds concrete solutions together with all those involved. We demand the representation of diversity in our society in all areas and stand up for a vibrant music industry.

A preliminary study on gender relations in the Swiss cultural sector by Pro Helvetia and the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Basel examined the proportion of women in stage performance, music production and teaching at Swiss music academies. It is based on the perceived gender. At this point, we would like to emphasise that we are not only committed to equality for women and girls, but also for inter, non-binary, trans and agender people. For this reason, we have added a gender star («*») to the terms «woman» and «man» in the following diagrams. With the gender star at the end of terms such as woman*, man* or musician*, we question social norms and the two-gender system.

On stage in pop, rock and jazz: 11% women*, 89% men*

Produktion 2% - Vorstudie Gender Pro Helvetia Geschlechtergerechtigkeit

Music production: 2% women*, 98% men*

Lehrpersonen an Musikschulen 12% - Vorstudie Gender Pro Helvetia Geschlechtergerechtigkeit

Teaching staff at Swiss music highschools 12% Frauen*, 88% Männer*

A nationwide, cross-disciplinary study on the topic of gender equality in music is still lacking. Helvetiarockt is in dialogue with stakeholders to implement such a study nationally and in all genres. Until then, we will create our own diagrams based on counts. Are you counting too? We are happy to receive all the latest facts – share them with us mail@helvetiarockt.ch.


Gender relations in the Swiss cultural sector, Pro Helvetia & Zentrum Gender Studies Universität Basel, 2021.

GENDER.MACHT.MUSIK. Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Jazz, Deutsche Jazzunion, 2020.

Vorstudie «Frauenanteil in Basler Bands», Erhebung zur Geschlechtergerechtigkeit und zur Sichtbarkeit von Frauen in der Basler Popszene, RFV Basel – Popförderung und Musiknetzwerk der Region Basel, 2018.

Frauen in Kultur und Medien. Ein Überblick über aktuelle Tendenzen, Entwicklungen und Lösungsvorschläge, Schulz, Gabriele, Ries, Carolone, Zimmermann, Olaf, Berlin 2016.



  • We think outside the gender boxes and break free from traditional binary roles. We don’t judge a person’s abilities or interests on the basis of their gender identity.


  • We employ women, inter, non-binary, trans and agender people in our team and recognise how the hierarchies and power structures in our areas of work function, who has what to say where and why. We point out our own inequalities.


  • When we experience someone being treated unfairly, we intervene. We make sure to create safe spaces where everyone is heard.


  • We use gender-appropriate language and pay attention to a balanced and diversified visibility of gender identities, social and ethnic origin, age etc., in our various ways of communication.


  • We reflect on our own behavior and patterns. If we are unsure about something we ask questions and make sure to communicate and exchange ideas with friends*.


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Feminism is a personal stance as well as a political movement that demands equal rights and opportunities for all people.


Sexism is discrimination on the basis of gender and implicit gender bias. This stems from the unequal social status of men compared to women, inter, non-binary, trans and agender people.



Biological sex /Assigned sex
A person’s biological sex is determined by certain biological characteristics and features which define to which gender a person is assigned to at birth.


Gender is referred to as an individual’s social sex. This includes (the) socially and culturally constructed gender roles of women* and men* and the perception of male or female characteristics.



Gender diversity
Gender diversity expresses the fact that there are more than just two sexes, i.e. the distinction between women* and men*.



Gender-appropriate language
By using gender-appropriate language, we question a hierarchical gender order and stereotypical gender attributes, whilst recognizing that there are more than two gender identities. There are several ways to express this; most common in the German language is the gender star * and the gendergap _. We have chosen the gender star for Helvetiarockt in German, English and Rhaeto-Romanic and the x in French and Italian.



In English we look to use gender neutral language where ever possible i.e. musicians, artists or program managers. With the gender star at the end of terms such as woman*, man* or female*, masculine* we question social norms and the binary system.