Haim Recall Firing Booking Agent Over Gender Pay Disparity

Angelo Anderson
June 14, 2018

The sisters hit at the crux of the gender pay gap when they said the pay disparity could easily happen again since payments are not disclosed and information about rates is so secretive within the industry. When a British law required companies of more than 250 employees to reveal internal data on their gender pay gaps, Universal, Sony and Warner's United Kingdom reported women working at the music labels earned significantly less than their male counterparts (22.7 percent at Sony, 29.8 percent and Universal and 49 percent at Warner, according to Variety). The band last toured Australia in 2017 during Splendour In The Grass. However, after learning they were being paid a mere fraction of what a male counterpart was being paid, the group made a decision to take a stand.

"We didn't think twice about it, but we later found out that someone was getting paid 10 times more than us", Alana added.

Danielle Haim emphasized that when the band first learned what their wages would be, they thought nothing of it, hoping the festival would gain them exposure.

In another recent interview, the members of HAIM talk about how they're seeing more women working in music studios but that, when they visit some American alt-rock radio station, "there won't even be a girls' restroom". "And because of that we fired our agent", Danielle continued.


Alana, the youngest of the sisters, said: "I still get so many people asking me, 'So who really writes your songs?'" I trust them with my f***ing life.

"But it's scary out there and it's fucked up".

"It's fucked up not even to be paid half the same amount", she told Grazia.

It's now been nearly a year since HAIM were last on Aussie shores, when they toured as part of the 2017 edition of Splendour In The Grass. But to be paid a 10th of that amount of money?

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER