Negotiating Like a Diva: Preserving Creative Autonomy in the Music Industry

11 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2019

Date Written: November 27, 2019


It has been asserted that artists typically encounter difficulties in negotiating for creative autonomy in music industry contracts. However, it may be argued that female artists experience even more difficulties while challenging male-dominated power structures in efforts to preserve their creative autonomy. Furthermore, it has been observed that women are statistically underpaid in relation to their male counterparts and may be hesitant to negotiate for better conditions. This article highlights the hurdles that certain international divas have experienced in relation to their creative autonomy, juxtaposed against negotiating strategies or “power moves” that they have made in order to reclaim creative control. It thus establishes the contributions that they have wittingly or unwittingly made to the legal discourse on creative autonomy. In codifying these practical, lived contributions to the discourse on creative autonomy, the article emphasizes the need for female recording artists to take proactive measures towards negotiating for the preservation of their creative autonomy.

Keywords: negotiating, creative autonomy, diva, copyright law, music industry

Suggested Citation

Gani, Mary W, Negotiating Like a Diva: Preserving Creative Autonomy in the Music Industry (November 27, 2019). Wolverhampton Law Journal, Vol. 3, 2019, Available at SSRN:

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