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Ari Herstand
Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based musician, the founder and CEO of Ari’s Take and the author of How to Make It in the New Music Business.

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve started a (living) list of badass female producers.


This was inspired by Ebonie Smith’s op-ed in Billboard which was inspired by the previous Billboard article “Where Are All The Female Producers.”


Well! Some of them are right here. If there are any I missed or others you know of and have worked with, please list them in the comments and I’ll add them.


I want to keep this list living and growing.


And to all the men who will inevitably pound out on their keyboards “where’s the list of male producers?! SEXISM!” I’ll just point you to every Grammy winner AND nominee in the producer category since the Grammy’s began.


No, seriously. No woman has ever won Producer Of the Year since the category launched in 1975. And only a handful of women have ever been nominated – for producing their own albums (Paula Cole, Sheryl Crow, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Lisa Coleman, Janet Jackson and Wendy Melvoin from Prince’s band The Revolution).


And now these men will inevitably break their keyboards with “Well, there just aren’t that many female producers!” Now we know, actually, there are A TON. And they’re great. Not mediocre. Great. You just may not have heard of them. Because they have not been invited into the room and given a chance.


I’d encourage every artist, especially those on labels with more power, to work with female producers for once.


It couldn’t have been a more clear, visual example of male dominance in the music industry when Adele accepted the award for album of the year at last year’s Grammys and behind her stood… ALL MEN. I found it odd that Adele chose to not work with a single female producer. Not one!


I was very inspired last night when Frances McDormand, during her Oscar acceptance speech, said “I have two words for you: inclusion rider.”


I had no idea what that is so I looked it up. Basically, stars can put this clause in their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets. Now, most movies have thousands of people who work on them and most albums have tens of people, so in music this concept would look a bit different.


But the idea holds true.


There’s no reason the studio needs to be run by all men. There’s no reason that the players need to be all men. There’s no reason that everyone who works on the record needs to be male.


Now, of course, for bands, bedroom producers and ‘friends making music,’ you work with your crew. I get it.


Your crew may be homogenous. Fine. But I’m talking about the pop stars who work with writing TEAMS. Who have writing CAMPS that come together to pitch them songs. Who go to countless writing sessions and work with countless producers for their albums. Who outsource remixes to top level producers.


Why must every producer you choose to work with be male?


Maybe, for your next album, you start with this list and choose some bombass female producers and BE the change you wish to see.


Here are some female producers (who produce music primarily for other artists):



Adrianne Gonzalez (AG)

Ainjel Æ Emme

Alex Hope

Alfiya Glow




Anjali Dutt

Anna “Annalog” Feller

Anna Meredith

Asma Maroof




Barb Morrison





Camille Gainer Jones

Catherine Marks

Catharine Wood

Christal Sarah


Cooly G

Cordell Jackson

Courtney Hawkins


Crystal Caines



Da Candy

Dani Deahl

Dani Thorne

DJ Cry Baby

Dj Haram






Ebonie Smith

Emily Wright


Erica Glyn

Erin Barra

Erin Tonkon

Ester Dean



Fatima Al Qadiri

Feral Is Kinky



Gazelle Twin

Georgia Ann Muldrow

Gina Turner


Gwen Bunn




Holly Herndon









Jane Blaze

Jane Weyes

Jeannine O’Neal

Jennifer Decilveo

Jessy Lanza

Jess Fenton

Jessi Jordan


Judith Sherman

Julianna Barwick

Julie Wolf



Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Katie Herzig



Kelly Mac

Khaya Cohen




Kyler England






Laura Sisk

Laurel Halo

Lauren Christy

Leah Culver

Leah Nuit Culver

Linda Perry

Lisa Hickox



Luna Shadows



Maddy O’Neal


Maggie Rogers

Mandy Parnell

Maya Jane Coles

Megan Hamilton

Merrill Garbus

Mia Gladstone


Michèle Vice-Maslin

Miss Kittin

Morgan Kibby

Ms. Madli




Nicole Moudaber

Nicole Otero

Nina Kraviz

Nova Wav




Pretty Low

Pri Tha Honeydark


Pursuit Grooves









Sarah Tudzin

Sarah Nabil

Sassy Black



Simonne Jones


Star Eyes

Stephanie Lawrence


Susan Rogers

Suzanne Bonifacio

Suzanne Ciani

Suzi Analogue


Syd Tha Kyd

Sylvia Massy



Tasha Catour


Tiye Phoenix


Toni Williams



Trina Shoemaker







Wendy & Lisa

Wendy Wang

Whipped Cream






Youngmin Joo

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Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based musician, the founder and CEO of Ari’s Take and the author of How to Make It in the New Music Business.

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