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Front and Center: Daisy Rock Girl Guitars Founder & President, Tish Ciravolo
By Leslie Buttonow
Tish Ciravolo founded Daisy Rock Guitars in 2000 with a mission of helping girls and women of all ages play guitar and enjoy music. You can read our original Front and Center article featuring her here. A lot has happened since we sat down last spring with Tish, so we caught up with her recently to get the scoop on what’s new.
For More info about Tish and Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, visit daisyrock.com/.
WiMN: When we last spoke, you were working on a new distribution deal for Daisy Rock. How will it help you continue your mission to share the love of guitar with girls and women?
TC: Signing the distribution deal with KMC Music Group is going to be amazing for the growth of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars. We are boldly going where no girl guitar has gone before! JAM/KMC is one of the largest musical distributors out there, and we are going to put Daisy Rock Guitars all over the world! KMC’s reach is incredible, and they are committed to growing the Daisy Rock Girl Guitar brand and growing our artist roster.
WiMN: Are there any other ways you’re currently sharing your message with potential new young female musicians? We hear you’ve been doing some motivational speaking and have some other personal projects in the works.
TC: I embarked on an amazing journey as a motivational and inspiring speaker last year. I am bringing the message to all females, young and old, that girls can play guitar. I also have a very talented best friend who I write with, and we have several projects in the works, including animation cartoons and full length feature films that include the message of girls playing guitars. That is always the mission—doing whatever it takes to get more girls to learn how to play guitar. . .and, hopefully make them laugh along the way. I guess that means I’m available for hire from keynotes to stand-up!
WiMN: Have you seen any other new initiatives in our industry that are encouraging girls and women to create and play music?
TC: I am completely convinced that what Laura Whitmore has done with the She Rocks Awards has been a long time coming in this industry. Finally, women are being recognized in the music industry for the movers and shakers they are, and finally being honored. There are more companies in our industry run by women than ever before, and we should realize that it’s also because there are some pretty awesome guys out there too who believe it should be that way. I am so positive about the future of women in music—every day, it only gets better.
WiMN: Anything new on the horizon for Daisy Rock that you can share?
TC: The sun will come out tomorrow and the Daisy Rock Guitars will bloom once again, and bigger and better than before. That is my 2017 horizon. Daisy Rock Guitars with JAM/KMC Music is going to blossom like never before. The 2017 Winter NAMM show will feature our best sellers; then some amazing surprises will be hitting for Summer NAMM!