For the first time ever, a two day summit, focused exclusively on female and gender minority DJs from all over Europe took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Gathering 35 DJs and music industry professionals, the project, which is supported by The European Union (Creative Europe programme) includes a survey, a summit, and a Digital DJ Guide. 


The European Female DJ Summit was produced by Future Female Sounds in partnership with female:pressure and SheSaidSo, and co-funded by The European Union. The summit took place in June of 2021 and had a central focus of boosting talent, and leveraging skills within the disciplines of business, economics, management, digital skills, and visibility. 


The project kicked off with a regional survey, investigating the working conditions for female, non-binary, and gender minority DJs across Europe. 

“We really wanted to have more insight into the working conditions of womxn DJs across Europe. For example, we imagine that the gender pay gap will vary much from country to country, as will whether they have experienced discrimination based on their gender, sexuality, or cultural background.” 

The survey  was followed by an Open Call, open to women and gender minority DJs across the European Union. 

Activities included keynote speeches, round table discussion and workshops, mentoring, and networking with emphasis on providing support and education on the subject of gender disparities within the music and events industry. Over the two day summit, a strong and supportive network was created within the European music industry. We continue to advocate for change in the structural gender inequality.

digital dj guide

A Roadmap To Greater Equality for DJs is the product of months of hard work that went into producing our European Female DJ Summit. In it you will find: industry advice; tips and tricks; information on vital networks; lists of collectives and organisations pushing for inclusivity across Europe and much more!

The guide comprises of the following 7 chapters: Introduction; The Strength of Networks; Insights from the Survey; The Importance of Business Skills; Digital Presence and Branding; A Utopian Future Music Industry; and lastly, Digital Resources.

Contributors to the guide include: FFS Team, Cristina Lazic, Nereya Otieno, Marie Fol, and all of our lovely DJs. 

All photos in the guide are taken by Amanda Thomsen. 

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