Revisiting The 2012 Women’s Music Summit

The first annual Women’s Music Summit brought together women of all ages and instruments with artist instructors and industry experts. This 3-day event provided instruction, insider tips, industry expertise and so much more in an environment that nurtures and supports female musicians.

Taking place among the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York at Full Moon Resort, female musicians of all ages and skill levels gathered for two days of workshops, panels and performances for the first annual Women’s Music Summit over August 29th – 30th, 2012. The Summit featured performances, workshops and classes from Meshell Ndegeocello, Melissa Auf der Maur, Malina Moye and Marnie Stern.

“Sometimes I forget how unusual it is to speak to a classroom of just women. It makes for a much different kind of a time. I can’t say exactly why it’s different but the exchange of ideas, or information, just seems to happen on a different level. I was happy to be there and happy to pass on what I knew.”
-Meshell Ndegeocello

Read below to discover what the Summit is all about.

Guest Speakers, Workshops & Panels

  • Live Performance as Art with Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Bass Techniques with Melissa Auf der Maur and Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Musical Direction workshop with Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Songwriting Collaboration with Malina Moye and Summit founder Laura Whitmore
  • Live Performance & Auditioning Tips with Malina Moye
  • Guitar Tapping Techniques and Rhythmic Patterns as Accompaniment with Marnie Stern
  • Experimental Songwriting with Marnie Stern
  • Rhythm Guitar Workshop with Malina Moye and Marnie Stern
  • Music Business Industry Round Table with Tobi Parks (Sony Music Entertainment), Laura Taylor (Guitar Center) and Kirby Desmarais (Everything Independent)
  • PR & Promotion Industry Round Table with Carise Yatter (Hired Gun Media), Jessica Sternick (Red Entertainment) Kate Pokorny (Indaba Music) and Laura Whitmore
  • Open mic sessions and nightly jams featuring guest artist collaborations

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Sponsors
Full backline, a number of scholarships and freebies like strings, tuners, picks, gift cards (and in some cases, guitars and amps!) were provided by: NewBay Media, Ampeg, Dean Markley, Guitar Center, Martin Guitars, Fishman, Roland, Fender, Girl Rock Nation, Earthworks Audio, Orange Amplifiers,  and Lagunitas Brewery.

2012 Women’s Music Summit Press

Quotes
“I had a great time at the first annual Women’s Music Summit. I learned a lot and met a lot of great people and enjoyed the atmosphere of the Full Moon Resort. I’m excited about the next one!”
-Malina Moye

“Sometimes I forget how unusual it is to speak to a classroom of just women. It makes for a much different kind of a time. I can’t say exactly why it’s different but the exchange of ideas, or information, just seems to happen on a different level. I was happy to be there and happy to pass on what I knew.”
-Meshell Ndegeocello

“It was so inspiring for me to be able to interact with such a talented group of women with such like-minded goals. The collaborations were so fun, and I would love to do it again!”.
-Marnie Stern

“I look forward to meeting the other women musicians and discussing our approach to music and challenges we face, then sharing that with the aspiring women who attend the camp to learn something new. Through them, I will learn too. A weekend devoted to women and music in beautiful nature surroundings, sounds like paradise to me!”
-Melissa Auf der Maur

“Though we were all different in our art, I believe we felt a deep connection, an ability to harmonize, via our experiences as women musicians.”
-Taina Asili, Women’s Music Summit attendee

“We are very excited to be participating in the very first Women’s Music Summit. This is a great opportunity for women musicians of all levels to get together with artists and industry leaders to perform and talk about everything music.”
-Laura Taylor, Guitar Center

“When many walked away saying the Summit had changed their lives in the most fabulous ways, motivating and enlightening them, I was humbled.”
-Laura Whitmore, Women’s Music Summit founder

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