She Rocks Awards


January 23, 2015 | 6:00PM – 8:30PM
at The NAMM Show
Anaheim Hilton Hotel Pacific Ballroom – Anaheim, CA
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Sheila E accepts her award at the 2014 She Rocks Awards.

Gearing up for its third consecutive year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders Sheila E, Orianthi, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey and more. Click here to view all previous She Rocks Award winners.

With featured performances, food and beverages, giveaways, a silent auction, networking opportunities and more, the She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and media to celebrate women in music.

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This year we are thrilled to announce that platinum-selling guitar phenomenon Orianthi will co-host the 2015 She Rocks Awards!

“The She Rocks Awards does so much for women in music and I’m excited to be a part of it,” shares Orianthi. “This event recognizes women who truly rock, and it will be my honor to be there to congratulate them!” A 2013 She Rocks Awards honoree, Orianthi is platinum-selling solo artist and known the world-over as a masterful guitar player, having performed with artists such as Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, and more.

Hosting duties will be shared between Orianthi and the WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. “Orianthi is such an amazing role model for female musicians all over the world,” Whitmore comments. “I can’t think of a better partner for leading the She Rocks Awards!”

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Mindi Abair

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.53.03 AMOne of the most dynamic and accomplished performers in music today, Abair’s seventh solo release, Wild Heart, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz chart. In addition to her acclaimed solo work, Abair was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. More recently, Abair received a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, four of the most preeminent saxophonists in contemporary music.

The Bangles

thebanglesnewRock historians view the Bangles as one of the greatest all-female bands, lauded for their inventive incorporation of ’60s folk rock and sunny SoCal harmonies into a sound all its own. As the first all-female band to chart at Billboard’s #1 for four weeks in a row, The Bangles dominated the ‘80s with hits “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “Eternal Flame,” “Manic Monday” and their Simon & Garfunkel cover, “Hazy Shade of Winter.” Through the band’s beginnings in LA’s Paisley Underground scene and their reign as platinum-selling icons of the ’80s, the Bangles live on today –– rocking, recording, and touring for a whole new generation of fans. In 2015, the group will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first major label album, All Over the

Gayle Beacock

gaylebeacockGayle Beacock is co-owner of Beacock Music Company, a full-line music store in Vancouver, Washington. Their Education Center is widely regarded as one of the top in the country, specializing in “building music makers of all ages.” Beacock is enthusiastic and highly involved in the music industry community. A past president of the Retail Print Music Dealers Association, Beacock currently serves on both the NAMM Board of Directors and the AIMM Advisory Committee. She is a frequent contributor to many organizations as a speaker and a trainer. Her energy and unique understanding of the music business have brought many to seek her out, in order that her insights could help improve their own businesses. Gayle accepted the award for NAMM’S Top Dealer 2014, Best Exterior Presentation and Best Merchandising. She was named as one of the Most Powerful Women in her hometown of Vancouver, WA, and has won numerous speaking awards.

Debbie Cavalier

debbiecavalierDebbie Cavalier is currently the Vice President for Online Learning and Continuing Education/CEO for Berklee’s award-winning online continuing education program, Berklee Online, and is also the leader of the award-winning kids/family band Debbie and Friends. She is a graduate of Berklee’s Music Education program and spent many years in the classroom teaching K-8 general music and directing choirs. Cavalier holds a Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College and continues to further her studies in music, business, and online education. In addition, Cavalier has penned over a hundred music education methods books and arrangements for Carl Fischer, First Act, Alfred Publishing and Warner Bros. Publications. She is the recipient of the 50 on Fire Award, 2013 Education, and also composed and recorded a song featured on the 2011 GRAMMY Award-winning CD for Best Children’s Album through her work with Debbie and Friends. |

Amani Duncan

amaniduncanRecognized by her peers as one of the most dynamic marketing executives in the music business, Amani Duncan is the Vice President of Brand Marketing for C.F. Martin & Co. A 17 year music industry veteran, Duncan’s experience runs the gamut from artist relations to visual marketing, digital and social media, campaign creation and strategic partnership negotiations. In addition to her work with C.F. Martin & Co., she has held positions at some of the most iconic companies in the music industry including Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group, Capitol Music Group, Virgin Records and Island Def Jam Music Group. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Duncan serves as a Board of Director member for the ADC Global.

Katie Kailus

katiekailusKatie Kailus is the editor of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines. She started at Music Inc. as an intern while finishing up her final year of school at Elmhurst College. She was soon appointed associate editor and, last January, was named editor. She is one of the first women to ever be named editor of a musical instrument trade publication. During her tenure, she has had the opportunity to interview many influential musicians and MI manufacturers and retailers — many of whom are women. As a guitar player herself, Kailus is proud to support women in the music industry as they continue to blaze trails and rock on.

Paula Salvatore

paulasalvatorePaula Salvatore has been an anchor of excellence in the LA recording world for many years. As Senior Director and Manager of Capitol Studios for the last 24 years, and currently as the Vice President/Studios, Salvatore has been an integral part of recordings for some of the industry’s most iconic artists. The studio business has been Salvatore’s life journey and she is held in the highest esteem amongst her colleagues. Many successful engineers have come up through the ranks under her guidance, and Salvatore’s commitment and loyalty has earned her the respect of her renowned clientele. Musician, producer and now director, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and once drummer for Nirvana, released his critically acclaimed documentary, Sound City, in which Salvatore is featured. She also co-wrote and performed the end title theme, entitled “Sound City.”

Craigie Zildjian

cragiezildjianIn 1999, Craigie Zildjian became the first woman appointed CEO of The Avedis Zildjian Company. Since then, the company has experienced unprecedented growth as the global market leader in cymbals while becoming the world’s largest drumstick manufacturer through a merger with the Vic Firth Company. An advocate for education, Craigie has initiated a number of programs including the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship program, the Kerope Zildjian Concert Percussion Competition and the Armand Zildjian Artist In Residence Program at Berklee College of Music. She has also sponsored the Zildjian Family Opportunity Fund (administered through the Percussive Arts Society) as well as the Zildjian Percussion Facility at Berklee College. Additionally, Craigie developed the American Drummers Achievement Awards, an event that honors drumming legends. An active member in the musical community, Craigie has served on the Board of Directors for the International Music Products Association (NAMM), the Board of Advisers of the International Association of Jazz Educators and the Board of Overseers at New England Conservatory. Currently, she Chairs the Zildjian Board of Directors and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Berklee College of Music. In 2013, Zildjian was recognized as the 4th Largest Minority/Women-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts.

Check out this recap of last year’s event:

Click here to view press coverage and here to find out more about last year’s event.


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A portion of proceeds will benefit the Girls Rock Camp Alliance,
empowering girls through music education.



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  • Jennjohnson

    Does this ticket get you into the NAMM show as well as the event?

    • madsun1

      No, a ticket to the She Rocks Awards does not grant entry into NAMM. Hope to see you at the event!

  • Donna Gregory

    I was invited to the first She Rocks Awards and am so pleased to be going again. Cya at NAMM……..

  • BEAR

    Congratulations to all, especially Dinah Gretsch. She is one of the nicest ladies that I know.

  • Suzanne Perry

    This event is magical. I had such a feeling of love and fulfillment just being in attendance last year. Can’t wait to see Laura and all of these truly amazing women!

  • Sheena

    Gaby and the VERY young Command sisters have some great accomplishments under their belts, Grammys and publishing deals. What a great time for women in music!

  • Desiree Horn

    Never heard of the woman in the floral dress, Malina. But I looked her up and from her YT videos she has a long way to go. The Bootsy Collins video was poorly created. But, I am happy to support the WIMN She Rocks event. Excited to see Gaby Morena whom I saw live with Tracy Chapman.

  • Melanie G.

    Gaby Moreno is wonderful! Never heard of the Command Sisters, but can’t wait to support them! Azuca!

  • Will Ash

    How appropriate it is to have the Beautiful and the incredibly talented Malina Moye perform at the 2014 She Rocks Awards , wouldn’t miss it for the World .

  • Will Ash

    And a very special Big time CONGRADULATIONS to Janie Hendrix , how deserving it is for the Music Industry to pay tribute to Janie Hendrix , you have gone over and above . And as a passionate Fan of Jimi Hendrix I want to say thank you Janie for the incredible job you have done .

  • Carlton Jusito

    Gaby is a fabulous Grammy winning talented artist that my wife and I will be happy to see. Sorry I don’t know the Command sisters, but I can’t wait to meet them as well! Wish our kids were musically inclined! ;c)

  • Wanda L.

    I can’t believe it, Sheila E!!! Been a Bay Area resident for years and I have seen the Escovedos perform in many venues all over the Bay Area. The Escovedos are a very warm and cordial family. I have never seen Sheila in person. I’m so excited I will purchase a ticket to this event just to meet her! I hope she will be at NAMM I will be there as well. Thank you!

  • Meredythe Dee Winter

    So excited that we are going to be there and taping it for a TV Special. Thanx to Laura B for everything she is doing to elevate the status of women in the music and audio industries!

  • Laura B. Whitmore

    Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments. We head down tomorrow for the second annual She Rocks Awards! We are READY!!!

  • Meredythe Dee Winter

    So exciting! I <3 Mindi Abair. Great choice. She Rocks The Planet!

  • Rhonda Woodfine

    What about Girlschool?