Haim fire agent over gender pay inequality in festival

Lawrence Kim
June 14, 2018

However, the women most affected by the gender pay gap are often low-paid workers, who don't have prominent platforms to have their voice heard, and it's important that any campaign to close the pay gap acknowledges that it must be closed across all industries, not just those that have high-profile stars.

The band is now booked by CAA, with whom they signed in 2017. Not thinking anything of it, HAIM agreed to the rate and was content with it, until learning later that they were paid a tenth of what a male performer earned.

The If I Could Change Your Mind hitmakers - comprised of sisters Danielle, Alana and Este Haim - were horrified to find out how much more the next artist up on the bill at the unnamed event was receiving, especially as they initially "didn't think twice" about their low fee because it was explained as being a beneficial promotional opportunity.

The other group was apparently paid 10 times more. But they were paid 10 times less, which prompted them to fire their agent over the discrepancy.

Danielle also acknowledged that it will be tough for the sisters to verify similar situations in the future, adding, "It's so hard to check: everything's so secretive about how much people are getting paid, and that's bullshit". We've reached out to HAIM's reps for clarification.

HAIM did not name the festival they had been booked for - or when the incident occurred - but as it stands, the trio are now out on their "Sister Sister Tour", which included a rather highly-billed performance at Coachella back in April.

"But it's scary out there and it's fucked up". It's f-ed up not even to be paid half the same amount. But to be paid a tenth of that amount of money?

Unfortunately, HAIM's experiences prove the rule, rather than the exception - even given that their sophomore album Something To Tell You was a commercial and critical success, placing on several best of 2017 lists.

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