Mattel has announced Barbie Music Producer, a doll designed to introduce girls to an underrepresented career where women make up less than 3% of music producers and shine a light on the importance of women’s stake in the industry. As the original girl empowerment brand, Barbie recognizes the barriers that impede girls from reaching their potential and aims to level the playing field for girls as part of the Barbie Dream Gap Project.
With over 200 careers and counting, Barbie has now joined forces with Grammy Award-nominated music producer, songwriter, singer and actress Ester Dean and Girls Make Beats – an organization dedicated to expanding the female presence of music producers, DJs and audio engineers – to inspire more girls to explore a future in music production. Through the collaboration, Barbie is funding Girls Make Beats scholarships to give more girls access to pursue their future dream. Together, Barbie, Girls Make Beats and Ester Dean are hosting a live webinar, open to girls ages 5-17, to engage and help empower future female music producers.
Barbie is also teaming up with MTV to raise awareness and shine a light on current music produced by women in hopes of inspiring the next generation to follow their lead. On Sept. 18 at 8 a.m. EST, Barbie and MTV will host an hour-long takeover of MTV’s Saturday Music Video Block to feature music hits produced exclusively by women.
“As part of our ongoing Dream Gap Project, Barbie is dedicated to leveling the playing field for girls in careers where women are underrepresented, like music producer,” says Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head, Barbie & dolls, Mattel. “By exposing girls to inspiring women excelling in this role, like Ester Dean, and by highlighting the music producer career with dolls, Barbie is reminding girls of their limitless potential. Our partnership with Girls Make Beats takes our efforts one step further, championing female voices from the studio to the stage and giving girls the tools to help them pursue a future as a music producer.”
“I am honored to lend my voice to Barbie to inspire young girls to learn more about becoming a music producer,” says Dean. “While female voices are heard from the stage, so many critical decisions are made behind the scenes and in the studio. Having been in the industry for over a decade, I've witnessed the power female voices can have in shaping the future of music production and want to ensure more women are in the room.”
Each music producer doll in the collection wears a graphic T-shirt, trendy jeans, an iridescent crop jacket, platform boots and has colorful hair in four styles. The doll also comes with a sound mixing board, computer and headphone accessories to get the creativity and music going. Music producer Barbie is available today at major retailers and on Barbie.com.
Ester Dean will also share her inspiration and experience as a music producer on Barbie’s latest vlog titled “I Interview Ester Dean, Song Machine” available on Friday, Sept. 24, on the Barbie YouTube channel. Visit Barbie.com/DreamGap to learn more and to join the Girls Make Beats webinar with Ester Dean.