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Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts, will represent women and girls at the 139th Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention in New York from October 29 – November 1.

WAM is the first and only organization to mobilize women at the AES convention and has been providing a place for women in the industry to network and receive training and mentoring at the convention since 2005. WAM is now one of the most high profile booths and educational panel organizers at the convention. AES donates a booth to Women’s Audio Mission each year so that WAM can increase gender diversity both at the convention and within the audio industry.

WAM launched a crowd funding campaign in early August to raise funds for travel and accommodations to the convention and has exceeded their $5,000 goal. WAM is especially grateful to its industry supporters: iZotope, THAT Corporation, Mojave Audio, BAE, Empirical Labs, Kush Audio and Ghostly.

“The traffic that WAM’s booth receives at AES every year is remarkable” says WAM Founder and Executive Director Terri Winston. “We are so grateful to AES and everyone who supports our Indiegogo campaign to get us to NY this year. Not only do we mobilize the largest number of women in audio but we also harness the support of an amazing array of audio manufacturers and our male allies. I want women to be able to experience that support first hand. It’s incredibly powerful.”

2015 is the first year that WAM will attend AES after moving into their new recording studio in San Francisco, the historic SF Soundworks Studio, home to many high-profile recording projects with artists such as Alanis Morissette, R.E.M., Timbaland, and Radiohead. The studio is triple the size of WAM’s former facility and allows them to train over 1,200 women and girls in audio technology and the recording arts. The only professional recording studio in the world built and run entirely by women, it was featured on NBC News and in Mix Magazine.

AES is also a vital opportunity for WAM to connect with industry supporters whose donations outfit the new studio and allow students to gain experience on the most state-of-the-art gear. Industry supporters include Dolby Labs, Audient, Avid, Meyer Sound, Blue Microphones, Manley, Mackie, Great River, Pendulum, Heil, Avedis, AKG, AEA, iZotope, Sweetwater, Barefoot Sound, Universal Audio, Shure, Mojave, A Designs, BAE, Line 6, Lavry, Direct Sound, Belden, Sound Toys, sE and Ableton.WAM still needs help to get even more women to the AES convention. People interested in helping “change the face of sound” can make a donation to their IndieGogo campaign here.