Chartmetric adds more than 74,000 artists’ pronouns in Spanish from their biographies to the open source Make Music Equal dataset.
by michelle yuen how music graphics
When we launched Make Music Equal and created the industry’s first artist pronoun database, our vision was to help build a music industry that values a level playing field and strives to give an equal voice for all. This vision has not changed and we knew that to achieve this we needed to continually evolve and update the data set to ensure it is as diverse and inclusive as we aim for the music industry.
If you read our first article on building the database, you might remember our explanation of why language was a barrier to reliably detecting the correct pronouns for an artist. This resulted in the first version of the Make Music Equal dataset focusing primarily on artists with English biographies, which was still a big step forward, but we didn’t want to stop there.
Over the past few months, we have worked closely with Latin American music market expert Santiago González Gutiérrez to expand the database of artist pronouns to include the second most common language for artist biographies. : Spanish. Using his extensive knowledge of Latin music, fluency in the language, and solid understanding of local artists and markets, we were able to identify a new set of Spanish keywords that can reliably detect the correct pronouns for an artist. . After several precision checks and adjustments, we finally achieved a confidence level well above 90% and were ready to move on to the next version of the dataset.
Access the free and open source artist pronouns dataset here: Make Music Equal (Creative Commons license)
Today, the Make Music Equal database has a total of more than 686K artists with matching pronouns and almost 74K from these new additions come Biographies of Spanish artists. As we originally promised, we will continue to grow and update this database to include artists and creatives from all backgrounds and backgrounds. With this month of June celebrating both LGBTQIA+ pride and appreciation for African-American music, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month having just passed May and Hispanic Heritage Month fast approaching in fall, we continue to stand up for the fact that there is always a space for everyone to be included, represented and respected. Data continues to be a driving force towards social equity and diversification and we strongly believe in helping move the conversation into tangible action.