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St. Vincent on coalition with Alicia Keys to encourage female songwriters and engineers

St. Vincent addresses "systemic sexism" within existent music industry. 

The hugely talented singer-songwriter and musician feels that it's important to have more women in positions of power within the business, if her long-term ambition of equality is to be realised. 

She revealed: "As all systems of power go, you need a seat at the table. "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu. So it's a question of having more women in positions of power to give people a chance who, for reasons of unfortunate systemic sexism in this case, have not had the opportunity. 

"I'm on a coalition with Alicia Keys to encourage female songwriters and engineers." 

Despite her continued frustrations, the music star is optimistic that the tide is slowly turning. 

She told Rolling Stone magazine: "I see the tide turning. Equality for all doesn't mean 'at the detriment of this person or that person,' it means equality." 

The music star - whose real name is Annie Clark - considers herself fortunate to be in a position of power and influence. She also explained that, unlike other people within the industry, she does not feel "threatened by other powerful women". 

She said: "From the directors of show to content to the people I employ on tour, I feel that I'm very lucky to be able to employ women, because I am a woman. And I'm not threatened by other powerful women. 

"I encourage them and I also enjoy being surrounded by them."

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