Rome, November 25, 2021 – “With great respect, I disagree. I have never chosen a song based on the gender of the artist“. On the day against violence against women, Amadeus he is opposed to the women’s quota a Sanremo. Responding to the proposal of the CEO of Fimi (Federation of the Italian music industry), Enzo Mazza, to include in the cast of singers the 50% of women, the conductor argued that “it would be a big mistake. I choose the song based on the beauty of the song. ”
“Of course”, explained Amadeus, interviewed this morning by Luca De Gennaro, artistic curator of the Milan Music Week, “it depends on the number of songs that are presented. If among the young people, there are 200 or 300 women among the 800 candidates, it is not the fault. my”. But she continued to support her position: “Then among these 300 there are always artists who have good songs, important appearances – said Amadeus -. And in the cast of Sanremo Giovani there are because they have strong songs, I am not there because I have to give quotas to women “.
For the conductor, therefore, the imposition of the pink quota would be “even offensive towards them “. It would be a question, he explained, of” having to say: I have 10 places available, 5 must be women and 5 men. Because you can get to put 5 men or 5 women in order to reach the quota and not because they deserve it “. And he reiterated forcefully:”Music is art and art cannot have quotas: you have to be guided by emotions, by the path, by history, by true honesty. That said there are amazing women with beautiful songs in every edition of the festival that have given men a hard time. This is the most important thing. Do not create a preset“. And to conclude, he sent back the proposal for quotas put forward by Fimi to the sender:” Lmusic industry could start from within. Except for Caterina Caselli for Sugar, the leaders of the big labels are all men. And also of musical associations “.
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