Sally-Anne Gross speaks to gal-dem about motherhood and music

22 August 2021
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Sally-Anne Gross has been interviewed by gal-dem about motherhood and the music industry. The article, by Ray Sang, notes that while there might be greater visibility for pregnant people in music, but with touring, finances and lack of support and infrastructure, many of those working in the sector still express that childcare can feel impossible to navigate.

Sang writes that fears around how parenthood will impact music careers seem to surface among many prior to childbirth, beginning with pregnancy. Some women have said that they’ve felt they aren’t allowed to enjoy this period due to thoughts and projections about whether they are making the wrong decision. Sang illustrates this point by looking at the negative discourse around Cardi B when she announced her first pregnancy, with several fans taking to social media to express their disappointment at the fact she was expecting at such a pivotal point in her career.

In discussing solutions to these issues, the article calls for more child-care support within the industry. Sally-Anne Gross, c0-author of Can Music Make You Sick? states that “crèches are a statement that you accept that children are born [and] someone has to look after them, that is a statement of intent – and the loss of them is a statement of intent”.

The full article can be read on gal-dem.

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