2016 She Rocks Awards Honor Women in Music – Presented by AVID:
The WiMN was featured on PBS SoCaL. Watch it here:
The Women’s International Music Network™ brings together women from all facets of the music industry. The organization produces events, creates opportunities for performance and networking and works to bring the conversation around diversity in the industry into the forefront. The WiMN seeks to create a hub to connect women in all facets of the music industry and works to expose role models, events and educational opportunities that focus on women in music.
Founded in 2012 by Laura B. Whitmore, a veteran marketer of the musical instrument and audio industries, the Women’s International Music Network site (TheWiMN.com) hosts interviews, news, events, and a community forum for women from all walks of the industry. In 2020 they will launch the new She Rocks Podcast, featuring interviews with women in music.
All other music and audio industry organizations that focus on women are invited to submit news and events. We are happy to link back as well! We will be serving news about female musicians, projects relating to women in the industry, products targeted to female musicians, and so much more! Please send your news and event info to: news@TheWiMN.com
Please join our mailing list so that we can invite you to our own hosted events.
Laura B. Whitmore, Founder:
Laura B. Whitmore is a graduate of Hofstra University with a B.S. in Music Merchandising and an M.B.A. in Marketing. As the marketing manager for Korg USA for 20 years, she was instrumental in marketing, PR and artist relations for the Korg, Marshall, and VOX brands. She was also editor of Korg’s ProView Magazine. Prior to that, she worked in the Direct Marketing department of CBS Records.
In 2008 Whitmore left Korg USA and founded Mad Sun Marketing, a boutique agency that specializes in marketing, PR, artist relations, event production, graphic design, and more for music and audio companies. Past and current clients of Mad Sun include Positive Grid, ArtistWorks, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Academic Superstore, Acoustic Amplification, Agile Partners, Breedlove Guitars, Colby Amplifiers, Dean Markley USA, Korg, KVRaudio, MusicFirst, Muse Research, NewBay Media, Notion Music, Peavey, SIR Entertainment Services, SIR Stage37, SoundTree, Sterling Audio, Take Me To The River, and more.
A singer-songwriter herself, Whitmore was the editor of Guitar World’s AcousticNation.com and the creator of the GuitarWorld.com featured blog series, Guitar Girl’d. She writes regularly for industry media outlets including Parade.com, Guitar World, Acoustic Guitar, MI Professional, In Tune and more. Whitmore has hosted and moderated many workshops and panels at events such as NAMM, Digital Hollywood, and SXSW on the topics of women in music, marketing, PR, apps and music making, songwriting, and more.
In 2015 she and Brad Tolinski (former editor of Guitar World) launched a live event series called BackStory (backstoryevents.com) that is streamed live with major media partners like Guitar World, Parade.com and AOL.com. Guests have included Ringo Starr, Andy Grammer, Paula Cole, Orianthi, Colbie Caillat, Amy Lee, Ace Frehley, Roger Waters, Zakk Wylde, Tom Jones and many more.
Whitmore is a also a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist. She and her co-writer Jenna Paone will be releasing an album in 2020. She currently shares her time between New York City and Massachusetts and has two amazing children, Emma and Cole, and two sweet little dogs, Zillie and Luna.
Bonnie Gallanter, Director:
Bonnie Gallanter is the director of the Women’s International Music Network, co-producer of the She Rocks Awards, and the president of Muse Artist Management.
She has been an event producer and talent manager specializing in artist and business development for over 20 years and has managed filmmakers, actors and business owners, including Daisy Rock Girl Guitars’ Tish Ciravolo, filmmaker, storyteller and content creator, Jeremy Heslup and Valkyr Productions, plus musicians such as Jesse McCartney, Disney’s Stephanie Scott (Ant Farm, Wreck It Ralph), and children’s performing groups including The Broadway Kids, featuring kids from actual Broadway shows. She’s also produced and consulted on hundreds of festivals, including the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, the Digital Hollywood Women’s Summit, Alliance for Women in Media SoCal 57th Annual Genii Awards and many others.
Myki Angeline, Content Manager:
Myki Angeline is the founder of her podcast and blog ‘The Bad Filipino‘. In her 10+ years of working in media, and volunteering with music education organizations is where she found her greatest passion; inspiring others to live outside of their comfort zone and discover inner strength to achieve new heights.
In addition to being an accomplished Podcast Creator, she currently works at Audacy as Board Operator for the RAD Show, and on-air talent on 98 Rock in Sacramento, California. Myki’s career in entertainment spans from radio and television, to movies. She enjoys working with the youth as well, volunteering her time for non-profit organizations like the Stairway To Stardom program, and Girls Rock Sacramento Music Camp in the greater Sacramento area. As a respected journalist, with a passion for philanthropy and music, Myki has interviewed some of the largest, influential, pioneers in the music industry. She is honored to be on The WiMN team. Visit her pages here.
Jenna Paone, Special Projects Manager:
Jenna Paone is a songwriter, pianist, and vocalist based in Los Angeles. Originally from Boston, MA, Paone built a name for herself as a solo artist whose music blends classic pop, soul, blues, and folk rock into her own modern brand of “Vintage Pop.”
A renaissance woman, Paone boasts over two decades of training and education in classical and contemporary piano, voice, ballet, and theater that includes a degree in Musical Theater from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. She has shared the stage with international artists such as The Bangles, Colbie Caillat, Orianthi, Lita Ford, and more, and her music has received airplay on regional radio stations and has been featured in independent films. In addition to her work as an artist, Paone co-founded Boston GLOW (Girls’ Leadership, Organized Women), a Massachusetts nonprofit that creates empowering opportunities for girls and women.
During her five years as Director of Strategy, she designed and ran many of GLOW’s most successful initiatives, such as their ongoing Spitfire networking series, and forged partnerships with community businesses and organizations as well as local and federal legislators. She continues to support GLOW from afar in an advisory capacity. Currently, Paone serves as Special Projects Manager for the Women’s International Music Network.
Sarah Command, Social Media Specialist:
Some people just have an innate understanding of social and viral marketing and Sarah is one of them! She handles social media for brands like the Women’s International Music Network and KVRAudio.com, strategically building engagement and audiences. She’s a guru when it comes to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and more, and actively monitors post interaction for optimal results. She also one half of the fabulous duo, The Command Sisters, and is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. Find out more about her at www.commandsisters.com
Luciana Garcia, Social Media Specialist and Blogger:
Luciana García is an Empowering Modern Rock performer, singer and songwriter with one purpose; to shine a light on every human’s gift. She was born in Santiago, Chile and now exercises her career in New York, NY. Her Latin origin and her love for rock are intertwined in her music. Her debut single “21st Century Baby” has a strong and clear message: no matter your gender, we all have the same rights and opportunities.
Luciana completed a Vocal Bachelor’s degree at Musicians Institute College of Music and is currently working in the business world in New York while exploring music opportunities in the city. She tells us: “Writing songs is my way of expressing my emotions. When I turn something that torments me into a song, it becomes something external to me, it becomes art. When I wrote the song Paralyzed I was caged in my insecurities. When I started singing I knew that I had found the key to get out of my head and reach another space, the space of art. Now I need to sing like I need to breathe.”
Luciana expresses herself in a thick yet warm style of singing. It has been inspired by artists such as Harry Styles, Gwen Stefani and Amy Winehouse. The clarity of her voice leads the listener on a melodic journey of powerful choruses and a clear, determined rhythm. Versatility, strength and a powerful message are the valuable contributions of this emerging artist to the feminist music scene. LucianaGarciaMusic.com
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