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

The Women’s International Music Network ( 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
Girls Night Out NYC takes place on October 19, 2017 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased at 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.

The Women’s International Music Network Announces New Advisory Board Members

The WiMN Advisory Board, from top left to right: Mindi Abair, Brian Berman, Janet Billig Rich, Dawn Birr, Monique Boyer, Rob Christie, Tish Ciravolo, Lisa Foxx, Dinah Gretsch, Leslie Ann Jones, Karrie Keyes, Beth Marlis, Dani Markman, Heather Dembert Rafter, Paula Salvatore, Brad Tolinski, Karen Webb plus the WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore and director Bonnie Gallanter

Leaders from all walks of the music industry join to advance advocacy for women in music

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is proud to announce the members of its newly-formed Advisory Board. Comprised of a dynamic group of leaders, its members represent a broad range of roles in the music industry. The group will serve to advise and guide the WiMN, contributing time, ideas, and resources to aid its growth and outreach.  

Members of the new Women’s International Music Network Advisory board include:

  • Mindi Abair – GRAMMY-nominated saxophone player and singer/songwriter
  • Brian Berman – Vice President of Marketing, Guitar Center
  • Janet Billig Rich – Founder, Manage This Media
  • Dawn Birr – Commercial Manager, Audio Recording, Sennheiser Electronics Corporation
  • Monique Boyer – Director, Artist Relations | PRO Membership, M.A.C Cosmetics
  • Rob Christie – President of A&R, Robo Records
  • Tish Ciravolo – President, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars
  • Lisa Foxx – On Air Personality, MYfm Los Angeles, iHeartRadio
  • Dinah Gretsch – Executive Vice President and CFO, The Gretsch Company
  • Leslie Ann Jones – Director of Music Recording and Scoring, Skywalker Sound, and 4 time GRAMMY® Award-winner
  • Karrie Keyes – Monitor Engineer for Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder and co-founder
  • Beth Marlis – Vice President, Musicians Institute
  • Dani Markman – Director, A&R, Disney Music Group
  • Heather Dembert Rafter – Principal, RafterMarsh US
  • Paula Salvatore – VP/Studio Manager, Capitol Studios
  • Brad Tolinski – Editorial Director of Special Projects, AMG Parade
  • Karen Webb – Founder, PR Squared Public Relations

“I am thrilled to have so many women and men from varied backgrounds aiding in expanding our ability to advocate for, educate, and provide opportunities for women and girls in the music and audio industries,” notes WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. WiMN director Bonnie Gallanter adds, “We couldn’t ask for a more dedicated and enthusiastic group of advisors. I look forward to working closely with all of them.”

To find out more about the members of the WiMN advisory board, visit

Front and Center: Director, Artist Relations, and M.A.C PRO Membership for M.A.C Cosmetics, Monique Boyer

The WiMN’s Front and Center is a weekly column that showcases accomplished women who work in the music and audio industries. We spotlight successful female performers, manufacturers, retailers, educators, managers, publicists, and everyone else in between. Want to be featured? Learn how here.

Front and Center: Director, Artist Relations, and M.A.C PRO Membership for M.A.C Cosmetics, Monique Boyer

By Myki Angeline

monique-4-bwBeing an avid music fan, Monique Boyer moved to Hollywood in 1991 with a dream of working in the music business. After an education in record engineering and working in radio promotion, she discovered another passion: makeup artistry. Luckily, her work these days for M·A·C Cosmetics allows her to experience the best of both industries. As the trendsetting brand’s Director of Artist Relations and M·A·C Pro Membership, she provides product support and education in the areas of music, editorial, theatre, performing arts, and television.

For the past ten years, Monique has directed makeup support for many of the biggest names in music including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson, Sia, Missy Elliot, Steven Tyler, Janet Jackson, The Cure, Gwen Stefani, Tori Amos, Motley Crue, Heart, Kelly Clarkson, and Wynonna Judd. She’s seen the music industry from every angle through her work to support music television (including shows like American Idol, The Voice and Nashville), music festivals, and an extensive array of awards shows and ceremonies, including the Grammy Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, MusiCares Person of the Year, ASCAP’s Women Behind the Music, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Monique is thrilled not only to be immersed in the world of music, but to work with and honor the extraordinary women who have helped build it.

We are delighted to be presenting Monique Boyer with a 2017 She Rocks Award at the upcoming NAMM Show in January. Find out more about her here.

WiMN: Tell us about your background with music artists and what it is like working with them.

MB: Originally, when I was a record label intern at Def American, I was working in radio promotion. That was first job in the music business and I learned a lot about radio programming. I was also working with one of my favorite bands, The Black Crowes, which was a dream come true. Shortly after I was living in San Francisco and helped launch another record label, Om Records. It’s such an exciting atmosphere getting to work with an meet music artists. I also freelanced as a Makeup Artist for years getting to work on music videos and photo shoots with bands which I very much enjoyed! I am lucky that now I get to work on and support some great tours and music projects with my current job.

WiMN: Do you play any instruments?

MB: I’ve played guitar since I was about 15 years old and sing a bit as well. It’s always been just a hobby for me though, something I really enjoy.

WiMN: What are your favorite ways to unwind and de-stress?

MB: Every night when I get home I light a lot of candles and set a comfortable atmosphere. And again, music plays a big part in setting that mood.

WiMN: Can you share your experience as a woman in the industry? Have there been challenges for you to overcome?

MB: I would say the only challenge was when I was interning at a record label. At the time, the industry was very male dominated and the company I was with only had female assistants. As a female, it didn’t feel very promising to be able to grow into an executive position.

WiMN: What are you looking forward to most at the 2016 She Rocks Awards?

MB: That’s a hard question to answer! I’m looking forward to everything about it! It’s such an honor and really can’t believe it’s happening. I’m looking forward to my co-workers and family attending the event and spending an evening with them. Also excited for my friend, Samantha Maloney, an amazing musician and person, to present the award to me! I feel so lucky and so very grateful!

WiMN: What would you recommend as a good plan of action for young women looking to pursue a career in the make-up industry?

MB: Any education or experience you can get is always helpful. If you’re looking to work in the industry, my best advice would be to assist wherever you can. That way you’re learning the craft, understanding what it’s like to work on set, and also meet others in the industry. Networking is a big part of being a successful freelance Makeup Artist.

Selena to Have Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

By Pauline France

selena-1Selena Quintanilla, the bilingual artist and first Tejano act to win a Grammy, will receive a star on the Hollywood Hall of fame 20 years after her passing.

According to Billboard, Selena was among the 2017 Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees announced June 27 by television producer Vin di Bona, the Walk of Fame Selection Committee Chair, in front of Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre.

Later this year, Selena will also be honored by M.A.C. cosmetics with a signature makeup line.

“Selena’s talent and beauty, inside and out, have left a colorful, meaningful impact in the world that has continued to grow over the last two decades,” M.A.C creative director James Gager told People. “We have heard the passion and enthusiasm from her fans and wholeheartedly agree that her legacy embodies M.A.C’s philosophy. We are so excited to announce a Selena-inspired M.A.C collection debuting in the latter part of 2016.”

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