The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is a new organization that connects women within the music and audio industries. Its goal is to shine a spotlight on role models and encourage other girls and women to think of this industry as a possible career choice.
WiMN’s events encourage and nurture women of all ages and talent levels. We are working on discussing this issue in an international forum. Response has been extremely positive!Founded in 2012 by veteran music and audio industry marketer Laura B. Whitmore (pictured), the WiMN produces events such as the Women’s Music Summit and She Rocks Awards. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the organization shares news and events while providing a community for a broader group of female industry professionals and performers.
Taking place at the 2013 NAMM Show, the first annual She Rocks Awards spotlighted female industry leaders such as Grammy-winning songwriter Holly Knight, Tish Ciravolo of Daisy Rock Guitars, Mary Peavey of Peavey Electronics, Laura Taylor of Guitar Center and others. It closed out with a rollicking live performance from guitarist Orianthi (another a She Rocks Award recipient). The Women’s Music Summit, another event produced by the WiMN, is a 3-day music conference that brings together women of all ages and instruments with artist instructors and industry experts. The 2012 Summit featured artists like Meshel Ndegeocello, Marnie Stern, Melisa Auf der Maur and Malina Moye, and garnered headlines in the Boston Globe, Village Voice, Billobard, Guitar World, American Songwriter and many others.
Going forward, the WiMN plans to increase its exposure and audience via theWiMN.com, which is now a premier source for female-related news in the music community. WiMN has a monthly newsletter, they partner with other organizations, are very active in social media, host live events….and they are very talkative.
The organization’s latest event is the WiMN ASCAP “You Are Next” Showcase, set to take place on April 18 at the ASCAP Expo in Los Angeles, and featuring some of the best up-and-coming female songwriters. Also on the horizon is the 2013 Women’s Music Summit, taking place at Musicians Institute in Hollywood from July 26 – 28. Featuring Michael Jackson guitar legend Jennifer Batten, American Idol saxophonist Mindi Abair, award-winning pianist/composer Starr Parodi and more, this year’s Summit is set to be bigger and better than ever.
Learn more about the Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) at the www.WiMN.com, where you can also sign up for their newsletter.