The WiMN Presents: Girls Night Out NYC with Lisa Loeb, Command Sisters & More

The Women’s International Music Network (theWiMN.com) presents “Girls Night Out NYC” – an evening of live music, fashion, education, networking and fun at The Cutting Room in New York City on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Featured performers include platinum-selling artist Lisa Loeb, sister duo Command Sisters, and Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jenna Paone

This all-ages evening will also feature an educational industry panel, on-site interactive sponsor displays, giveaways, raffles, a silent auction and much more. The event will support the Women’s International Music Network’s efforts to create a voice for women in the music industry.
 
The WiMN is holding a contest for the opening performance slot for this event. One lucky winner will have the chance to take the stage during this energizing event! Enter at thewimn.com/girls-night-out.
 
Girls Night Out NYC takes place on October 19, 2017 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased at TheCuttingRoomNYC.com. The Cutting Room is located at 44 E. 32nd St. in New York City. This event is appropriate for all ages.
 
Sponsors include Martin Guitar, Casio, 108 Rock Star Guitars, M.A.C. Cosmetics, PRS Guitars, Sennheiser, Paul Mitchell, Luna Bars and more. The event will be live streamed on Parade magazine.
 
 

‘Women In Audio Sound Off’ About Disrupting The Gender Norms At Summer NAMM 2017

Our founder, Laura B. Whitmore moderated a dynamic panel of women in the music industry during TEC Tracks at Summer NAMM 2017. Audio pros that disrupt gender norms who discuss why they have been so successful, what has been their biggest challenges, and what can we as an industry do to encourage more women to join the ranks of audio professionals. Hosted by Electronic Musician magazine.

“Women In Audio Sound Off” panelists are:

  • Piper Payne, Mastering Engineer and President SF Chapter of the Recording Academy
  • Catherine Vericolli, Owner, Fivethirteen Recording
  • Samantha Pink, VP of OPS, KMC
  • Karrie Keyes, Monitor Engineer for Pearl Jam and co-founder of Soundgirls
  • Kimberly Rosen, Mastering Engineer, Knack Mastering

You can watch the entire panel discussion below!

The 2018 She Rocks Awards To Be Held At The House Of Blues Anaheim

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The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) announces that the 2018 She Rocks Awards will be held at the new House of Blues Anaheim. The event will take place on Friday, January 26, 2018 during the NAMM Show.

“We are so excited to bring the She Rocks Awards to the new House of Blues Anaheim,” notes the WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. “It’s conveniently located a block from the convention center area and this brand-new facility is gorgeous. We look forward to elevating this event to a new level of production.”

She Rocks Award winners – Photo by Brittany Ballantyne

Now in its 6th year, the She Rocks Awards honors trailblazing women from all areas of the music and audio industries. Past honorees include multi-platinum artist, Colbie Caillat; legendary percussionistSheila E.; icons Chaka Khan and Ronnie Spector; Experience Hendrix CEO, Janie Hendrix; rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, Lita Ford; Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen; Grammy® Award-winning bass player and singer/songwriter, Esperanza Spalding and many, many more. Past awards events have included stellar performances by The Bangles,Karmin, Mindi Abair, Orianthi, Nita Strauss, and many others. 

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Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO, shares, “From a morning meeting at the Marriott just a few short years ago to now being one of the most popular events during the NAMM Show, we are proud and grateful for the work of Laura Whitmore and her dedicated team to honor the contribution of women in the music and sound industry.”

 All are encouraged to nominate women who stand out in the music industry. The deadline to submit nominations is August 15, 2017. Nominations can be submitted at http://www.thewimn.com/nominations/.
Each year the sold out She Rocks Awards attracts music icons, artists, industry professionals, fans and the media for a one-of-a-kind event that shines the spotlight on female role models from all walks of the industry, and offers high-energy performances, networking opportunities, giveaways, a silent auction and more.Tickets for the 2018 She Rocks Awards go on sale October 1. To learn more about the She Rocks Awards and to submit a nomination, visit sherocksawards.com.

Ashley Kervabon Creates A Networking Hub For Women In Music With #WomenCrush

By Myki Angeline

When you are a musician, it is often a challenge finding local venues and open mics to showcase your talent.  Being a woman in this male-dominating industry is even more challenging. You find yourself having to work twice as hard to prove you belong and seek out other women artists to befriend. Women who may already know the scene and can help you break into it.

Enter singer and songwriter Ashley Kervabon.

This New York native relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2015.  New to the scene, she sought out other female musicians to make friends and learn more about Portland’s music community. Perfoming at several open mics, she soon learned of a monthly open slot at the Jade Lounge to host music. Kervabon created #WCW (Women Crush Wednesdays) which features local female singer songwriters. Thus, #WomenCrush was born.

#WomenCrush was picked up almost immediately by local press and radio stations, who were wanting to know more about Kervabon’s mission – which is to create an environment of support that empowers women. To give women more access into the music industry via workshops, showcases, and more. She soon discovered a need for this on a national level, and has successfully extended #WomenCrush  to venues in New York, Nashville, and Vancouver (BC) starting in the summer of 2017.

#WomenCrush offers a complete service to female music artists which includes EPK/One Sheet Creation, Press Release & Bio writing, Single/EP/Album Release campaigns. Kervabon understands the viewpoint of the starving musician who sacrifices everything in pursuit of a dream.  #WomenCrush not only works with your budget, you can learn how to run your own campaign. All of this fueled by her extensive background in PR and works tirelessly to keep her vision alive, ” “I know that when I get a little bit overwhelmed, just being at a showcase and hearing how grateful the artists are, that makes everything better…  Once I hear them say ‘thank you’ I feel like I’m instantly rewarded. This is me working for me so I feel like that’s just motivating enough,” says Kervabon.

To learn more on #WomenCrush, visit their website: womencrushmusic.com

We feature #WomenCrush showcases in our WiMN Events section: thewimn.com/events/

 

Fiero Flair’s Vision to Empower Women Comes To Fruition At The Girl Power! Women’s Music Industry Conference

By Myki Angeline

I truly enjoy attending conferences and workshops that are created with the vision to motivate and empower women.  With so many women working in the music industry, it is both surprising and disappointing to learn that we make up around 5% of the workforce.  In fact, each time I am interviewing a woman in music, I often learn that they are still working twice as hard to earn the same respect and acknowledgement as men do in the same field.

Which is why conferences like this one are so vital to our music community. They bring so many influential working women together under one roof to share their experiences, stories, and valuable expertise.  The Girl Power! Women’s Music Industry Conference was hosted by co-founders Kerry and Gian Fiero of Fiero Flair in Berkeley, California at the David Brower Center this past weekend. The event included one on one mentoring, various music industry vendors, prize giveaways, and lunch catered by Empire Power Lunch celebrating Goapele’s new single “Power” – with a surprise appearance by Goapele.

Learn more on their website: girlpowermusicconference.com

The couple met while teaching at San Francisco State University in the Music Recording Industry Program. Gian teaches Career Planning & Development, while Kerry teaches both Career Strategies and Event Planning. The Fiero’s were astonished at the lack of women students who attended their courses.  In the 10 years they taught at SFSU, merely 5% of the students were women. Their vision became clear; create a conference that will bring together women professionals to network and collaborate with one another.  Kerry changed her career from artist manager to events manager, and the Girl Power! Women’s Music Industry Conference was born.

This was their 4th year hosting this empowering conference and the line up of speakers was stellar. Gail Mitchell, Senior Editor for Billboard Magazine was the keynote speaker, who has moderated panels for industry organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, the Recording Academy, and the Grammy Museum.  She shared with the crowd her experiences with how much music publication and distribution has evolved in the past 25 years.

Included on the 5 various panels were industry professionals like Charlese Banks (Founder/Owner of Socially Flyy), Anje Collins (Owner/Exec. Dir. for The Luxe PR Group), Kat Cook (Personal and Tour Manager for Tracey Champman/Taj Mahal), Maya Finlay (Audio Engineer, Musician, Producer), Dawn Holliday (prev GM for Slims and Great American Music Hall), Rose Kirkland (senior talent buyer, Live Nation Northern CA), Aisah Gemora (Op. Mgr for Shoreline Ampitheater), Victoria Theodore (Singer, Music Instructor, Composer, Pianist for Stevie Wonder/Beyonce), Sindee Levin (Entertainment Attorney), Sarah Sexton (owner of Oaktown Indie Mayhem Records), Pam Warren (Turntablist/Recording Artist), Heidi Trefethen (Classical/Jazz Hornist and studio/live Sound Engineer), and Anasa Troutman (Founder/CEO at eLOVEate), and many more.

I not only had a chance to listen to a couple of the panels and just absorb the knowledge and inspiration from these outstanding women in the field, but I also had the privilege of interviewing a few of them.  My heart just burst with excitement and motivation being in a room full of industry professionals and watching the networking and community between everyone.  I highly encourage all women who are interested in music as a career, and those who already have a career going to attend this event.  Conferences like this one give you the tools you need to succeed.

Below is the Fiero Flair documentary on ‘What Empowers Women’!

Nominations Are Now Open For The 2018 She Rocks Awards

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) has announced that nominations are now open for its sixth annual She Rocks Awards ceremony honoring women in the music industry, which will take place in January in Anaheim, Calif.

 The She Rocks Awards honors trailblazing women from all areas of the industry. Past honorees include multi-platinum artist, Colbie Caillat; legendary percussionist Sheila E.; icons Chaka Khan and Ronnie Spector; Experience Hendrix CEO, Janie Hendrix; rock guitarist and singer/songwriter, Lita Ford; Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen; Grammy® Award-winning bass player and singer/songwriter, Esperanza Spalding. Past awards events have included stellar performances by The Bangles, Karmin, Mindi Abair, Orianthi, Nita Strauss, and many others. 

Esperanza Spalding accepting her award at the 2017 She Rocks Awards

“Every year the She Rocks Awards evolves as we shine a spotlight on female role models in music and audio. We are excited to be exposed to women in all walks of the industry who are making a difference. Please share their stories with us!” notes Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the Women’s International Music Network.

All are encouraged to nominate women who stand out in the music industry.

The deadline to submit nominations is August 15, 2017. Nominations can be submitted at: www.thewimn.com/nominations/

Gretchen Menn, Nita Strauss, and Lita Ford perform at the 2017 She Rocks Awards

Each year the sold out She Rocks Awards attracts music icons, artists, industry professionals, fans and media for a one-of-a-kind event that shines the spotlight on women who stand out in the industry, and offers talented performances, networking opportunities, giveaways, a silent auction and more.

To learn more about the She Rocks Awards and to submit a nomination, visit: thewimn.com/sherocksawards

Shirley Manson accepting her award at the 2017 She Rocks Awards

About The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. Founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore, the Women’s International Music Network produces and hosts events such as, the WiMN She Rocks Showcase series, the She Rocks Awards, and a variety of workshops and panels throughout the year. For more information, visit www.TheWiMN.com.

Below Divinity Roxx Performs “We Are” with house band Rock Sugah at the 2017 She Rocks Awards!

Musician Gabriela Quintero Auctions Her Personal Yamaha Guitar For Benefit

You might have already seen Rodrigo y Gabriela, the internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo, highlighting the case of Luis Angel Quintana Saucedo and Ilse Elizabeth Ramirez Reyes, a young couple who were arrested during a police raid on their apartment in Mexico. The raid targeted criminals who happened to be living in the same building.  Luis and Ilse are respected members of the artistic community in Zihuatanejo and are not involved in criminality of any kind. Luis is the bass player for Xpresion Inmune, a local rock group while Ilse worked at a bank before returning to Zihuatenejo so they could move in together.  The couple continue to be held in a dangerous federal prison.

Rod and Gab have been keen to highlight the plight of this young couple through social media posts urging people to sign the change.org petition and through their participation in a special fundraising benefit concert held in Zihuatenejo .  As part of their continued support for the campaign to secure their release Gabriela is offering for auction her personal Yamaha NX custom shop guitar.

This is the guitar which Gabriela Quintero has used to record the 11:11, Area 52 and 9 Dead Alive albums.   It is her personal primary guitar which has been by her side for the last ten years.  Gabriela has performed with the guitar at concerts at Red Rocks, The Hollywood Bowl, Radio City Music Hall, The White House, The Sydney Opera House, Glastonbury, Bonaroo, Coachella and on television shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night With Jay Leno.

The guitar was manufactured in the Yamaha Japan Custom shop to Gabriela’s personal specifications.  This is a one off opportunity to own a piece of Rodrigo y Gabriela history and to get an amazing guitar at the same time.  All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the campaign to secure the release of Luis and Elizabeth.

Full details of the guitar can be seen on the auction page.  Bidding is open now and the auction will close on Sunday 7th May.

 

‘Hit Like A Girl’ Announced Champions, Winners & Award Recipients In 2017 Contest

Nearly 3 dozen of today’s top drummers have been announced as the Champions, Winners and Award Recipients of the 2017 Hit Like A Girl global contest for female drummers. The players from the US, Puerto Rico, the Netherland, Japan, Italy, Indonesia, India, England, France, Germany and Cypress— and as young as 9 years old— were just a handful of the hundreds of girls and women from around the world who participated in the sixth annual competition.

Judged by leading educators, professional players and industry executives— and sponsored by the biggest names in drum manufacturing, media and retail— the winning videos along with all the entries and prizes from the recently concluded contest can be seen at: hitlikeagirlcontest.com

Here is the official list of the 2017 Hit Like A Girl Contest Winners:

Drumset – Professional Judging <18

Champion: Faith Benson (US)

1st Runner-Up: Mira Burgers (Netherlands)

2nd Runner-Up: Yuki Ogawa (Japan)

 Drumset – Popular Voting

<18 Annapurna Tobler (US)

18+ Paola Liceaga (Puerto Rico)

 Concert Percussion

<18 Kalyse Conger (US)

18+ Claire Litzler (France)

 Special Awards

Joe Hibbs: Sarra Cardile (US)

Sweetwater: Tangela Facen (US)

PASIC: Elisa Montin (Italy)

WGI: Anastasiya Kostromina (US)

SOR: Milana Nigro (US)

UK <18: Georgia Atkinson (UK)

UK 18+: Toni McVey (UK)

FRANCE: Laurene Lenert (France)

TDWR: Radhika George (India)

Drumset – Professional Judging 18+

Champion: Elisa Montin (Italy)

1st Runner-Up: Tangela Facen (US)

2nd Runner-Up: Lacretia Bolden (US)

World Percussion

<18 Kalonica Nicx (Indonesia)

18+ Radhika George (India)

Marching Percussion

<18 Gina Eterovich (US)

18+ Anastasiya Kostromina (US)

Weekly Winners <18

Week 1: Abbie Schnieder (US)

Week 2: Jacky Sponheimer (Germany)

Week 3: Meghan Lock (US)

Week 4: Faith Benson (US)

Week 5: Yuki Ogawa (Japan)

Week 6: Arawinda Rizky (Indonesia)

Weekly Winners 18+

Week 1: Elisa Montin (Italy)

Week 2: Cecilia Sanchietti (Italy)

Week 3: Anna Koniotou (Cypress)

Week 4: Toni McVey (UK)

Week 5: Nicole Pompei (US)

Week 6: Diana Nowak-Riffel (US)

Hit Like A Girl Contest Announces Complete List Of Judges For 2017 Drumming Contest

Voting for your favorite drummer is open until April 9th!  To vote click HERE.

Hit Like A Girl just announced the full list of world-class judges for the 2017 female drumming contest. According to HLAG Artist Relations Director Louise King, in addition to this year’s celebrity spokesperson Kimberly Thompson, the all-star roster of judges for the drumset categories features the top U.S. drummers as well as international players from countries such as France, Germany, Great Britain, Cuba and Japan. In addition to these leading professionals, 2016 HLAG Champions Helen De La Rosa and Becca Webster will serve as 2017 judges along with several exceptional, up-and-coming, female drummers.

Judges for the contest’s new Concert, Marching and World Percussion categories include professionals and educators from those fields while legendary/popular male drummers Kenny Aronoff, Dennis Chambers, Josh Freese and “Sput” Searight have accepted invitations to be Special Guest judges for this year’s event. Selected celebrity judges will join with top female executives from Yamaha, Sabian, Zildjian, Roland, DW, LP, Mapex and Evans to determine the winners of the six weekly mini-contests that occur within the overall Hit Like A Girl competition.

Photos and bios for all judges can be found on the HLAG website at www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/judges.

2017 ASCAP She Rocks Showcase Performers Announced

The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) announces the artists selected to perform at the official 2017 She Rocks Showcase during the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. Taking place on Fri., April 14, 2017, at the Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill in Hollywood, Calif., from 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Performers include artists CROWN, Canadian band High Love, vocalist Candace Wakefield, duo Trackless, and New York singer/songwriter Kate Mills.

“This year’s submissions were exceptional, and it was great fun to choose from such a large talent pool. We have a diverse lineup that will create a truly special evening. I’m honored to be hosting a show that celebrates women in the music industry,” says WiMN Founder, Laura B. Whitmore.

Called “ethereal, enticing, engaging and beautiful,” by Flavour Mag, CROWN is the artistic vision of Steph Thom, as she explores questions and anecdotes sung to ambient soundscapes. CROWN centralizes her lyrics to instill a message of resistance, openness and honesty: deconstructing taboos, challenging identity constructs and facing the psycho-emotional head on. “CROWN’s ambient, sultry sound marries soul-folk and RnB,” says Hunger TV. Thom is also is creative partner to three-time GRAMMY Award winner Lalah Hathaway. Find out more at sheiscrown.com

High Love is a four piece, Canadian alternative rock band. Their single “No Longer Yours,” produced by Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara), will be released on April 21, 2017. Picture a dash of Muse, a layer of Phantogram, topped off with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Fronted by singer/songwriter Carol-Lynne Quinn, the band peroformed at the Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Edmonton Rock Festival, and JUNO FEST 2016. Their full-length debut is due in Fall 2017. Find out more at www.wearehighlove.com

Singer/songwriter Candace Wakefield was born and raised in Inglewood, CA. She is featured on the five times GRAMMY Award-winning hit single “Alright’” and “i” by Kendrick Lamar. She has toured the globe with Nicki Minaj on the “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” European tour and “The Pinkprint Tour.” Candace is currently working with TLC, Faith Evans, Chante Moore, Nickelodeon and a host of others on upcoming projects for 2017. She made the decision in 2016 to step from the background to the forefront and is set to release her debut LP, The Journey 2017, a project full of inspiring, uplifting songs that tell the story of her life. Find her at www.instagram.com/supastarc/

Trackless is a soul/indie duo based in Los Angeles. Their sound is rooted in the voices of Jordan West and Jeremy Jones, who sing every song as a duet. They are made unique by the fact that West is also the group’s drummer, and Jones is regularly featured on the viola. Their music is influenced heavily by pop, soul, jazz, and rock.In 2015, they moved from Fort Wayne, IN to Los Angeles and have been playing industry events, showcases and local venues while writing their upcoming EP. They are currently recording a single with Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones), scheduled for release spring 2017. Find out more at http://www.tracklessmusic.com/

Kate Mills is making her presence felt in the NYC music scene with the release of her debut EP, Little Bird. The record showcases the versatility of her soulful, yet buttery-smooth vocals, and well-crafted songs. Following her EP release, this social worker-turned-songwriter has gained a solid fan-base by performing at some of New York’s most famous music venues including The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall and Pianos. Two of Kate’s songs can be heard in the indie feature film “Hits,” written and directed by David Cross of Arrested Development. Kate’s new single, “What Did You Think,” is now available as a free download exclusively at www.katemillsmusic.com 

 The 2017 She Rocks Showcase is a unique opportunity for female artists of all styles and ages to perform in front of industry experts, media representatives, artists, publishers and more during the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. It is part of the WiMN’s ongoing efforts to provide women in music with a platform to showcase their music.

The She Rocks Showcase will take place on Fri., April 14, 2017, from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in Hollywood at the Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill, located at 1724 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, across the street from the ASCAP Expo headquarters at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Drink specials will be provided courtesy of Tinhorn Flats. Giveaways and prizes will be provided by She Rocks Showcase sponsors Casio, 108 Rock Star Guitars, and M•A•C Cosmetics. 

 There is no cover charge to attend the She Rocks Showcase, and an EXPO badge is not required to attend or participate in the Showcase. To learn more, visit www.thewimn.com/ascapshowcase.