The pay gap is real and Hollywood is no exception. Most recently it was revealed that Claire Foy from The Crown was being paid significantly less than her co-star Matt Smith. But now Haim is shedding light on the pay disparity in music.
In an interview with Grazia, Este, Danielle and Alana Haim revealed that last year they were paid 10 times less than a male act.
“We had been told that our fee was very low because you played at the festival in the hope that you’d get played on the radio,” Danielle explained to the publication. “We didn’t think twice about it, but we later found out that someone was getting paid 10 times more than us. And because of that we fired our agent.”
The decision to let their agent go was unanimous. “That’s why I love my sisters so much. I trust them with my fucking life. We’re all in this together,” Alana said. “But it’s scary out there and it’s fucked up. It’s fucked up not even to be paid half the same amount. But to be paid a tenth of that amount of money? It was insane.”
The band didn’t disclose how much they were getting paid, what festival they were playing at or the band that was getting paid 10 times more than them. The sisters are diligent about receiving equal pay, but there is no guarantee. “It’s so hard to check: everything’s so secretive about how much people are getting paid, and that’s bulls**t,” Danielle said.