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  • 22 Jun 2017 4:11 PM | MILI (Administrator)

    We are thrilled to announce our #WIMLA Summer Social! 

    There’s no better way to make quality connections than during these warm and sunny days. 

    Taking place July 18 at PALIHOUSE Weho, share a drink with fellow WIM members, meet the new LA committee, and connect with industry alike! Bring a friend or two! RSVP now! 

    The event is FREE for active WIM Members, or $5 donation for non-members. 
    RSVP HERE: http://LAsummersocial.eventbrite.com 

    @ PALIHOUSE West Hollywood (8465 Holloway Dr. 90069)
    Starts at 7pm PT
    *PALIHOUSE offers valet for $10 or street parking is nearby 

    We can't wait to see you there! 
    - LA Committee <3 

  • 11 Jun 2017 11:21 PM | MILI (Administrator)

    WIM LA's is hosting its first casual meet-up series which committee members will host on a monthly basis
    ! Our official WIM LA events will be announced soon (sorry for the delays!) and those will be free for members and more educational/networking focused, and larger!

    For WIM LA's first meet-up:

    SoulCycle Beverly Hills has kindly offered WIM LA members a free group ride! Not only can WIM LA members burn some calories, but also network with fellow WIM LA and committee members! 

    Below are the details for WIM LA's 1st SoulCycle session: 

    Date and Time: 17 June 2017 at 11.45 AM

    Location: 9465 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212


    Please click on the link to secure your spot! https://goo.gl/forms/L76d51583aPsPL1A2

    Spots are restricted to active WIM members only, so don't forget to renew your membership if you haven't done so :)

  • 08 Jun 2017 2:47 PM | MILI (Administrator)

    Today we'd like to introduce you to Britnee Foreman, who handles Data Strategy at Songtrust and is an amazing music industry professional. She shared some of her thoughts on what it takes to be successful in this business as a woman.  

    Success is such a personal concept – we all see and define it differently. How do you personally define your success?

    I see it as very dynamic and never really "achieved", but as a series of milestones along the way. It motivates you to keep growing and learning.

    What advice would you give women who want to enter your side of the industry - What are your top three tips?

    1. Always be open to learning: whether it's a new skill or concept, it sets you up for bigger opportunities

    2. Find your people: It doesn't have to be in your office, but find a group that supports what you do and encourages you

    3. This isn't a competition: There is room for everybody to use their strengths in this industry, so don't compare yourself to others’ progress and don’t disparage others.

    How have the personal and professional experiences in your life contributed to your success today?

    I'm very dedicated to my goals and I’m stubbornly persistent. I think it creates an environment where setbacks won't derail me. Things don't always go as planned, but keeping sight of the big picture allows you to reroute as needed.  

    Can you share with us some of the challenges you’ve faced?

    I've seen many challenges, but they just reconfirmed my passion for being here. There will be instances where you may be undervalued or underestimated. You have to know what your tolerance is for that environment and when to cut and run. Knowing yourself and your worth is very important.

    What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?

    No one is going to do it for you. You have to work, hustle, network, and follow up.

    What do you think is the most pressing issue women in the music industry face in your region?

    We're making progress, but there are not enough women in positions of influence yet.

    Who inspires you, and why?

    I'm inspired by strong women who are advancing their industry, much like our WIM board and exec board.

    What do you look forward to accomplishing at DOWNTOWN/Songtrust in the next year?

    Using our immense data to accelerate our processes and efficiencies so we can serve more songwriters.

    Tell us more about how you got involved in DOWNTOWN/Songtrust? What is your ultimate goal and what do you need to take it to the next level?

    Actually, I got "poached" by a member of the WIM board to come work with her at Downtown. She is incredibly inspiring and the position gave me more opportunities, so it was a great fit. Ultimately, I would love to make the music industry more resilient to disruptive technologies and make sure artists are able to make a living making music. I feel like learning different tech infrastructures and predictive analyses is a step in the right direction.

  • 02 Jun 2017 10:50 AM | Jessica Sobhraj (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release



    Women in Music and Midem partner to host two initiatives aimed at celebrating and empowering women in the global music industry in Cannes, France during annual music industry conference Midem – A speed networking session to be held on June 6th, 2017 and a private brunch, panel, and networking event for leading executives on June 7th, 2017.

    June 2nd, 2017 Women in Music (WIM), the national non-profit organization founded in 1985 to support and empower women in the music industry, and Midem have partnered to host two initiatives aimed at celebrating and empowering women in the global music industry. For the fourth consecutive year, WIM will facilitate “Meet the Women in Music,” a speed networking session featuring executive women from various countries on June 6th, 2017, at the Networking Village of Midem. On June 7th, WIM and Midem will host the first ever brunch, panel, and networking event on the rooftop of the Palais des Festivals for international executives that are interested in launching regional initiatives to support women in their local markets.

    “Over the last 30 years, Women in Music has strived to provide resources and a strong community for our members' personal and professional growth. We now represent nearly 2000 members across 7 chapters and are rapidly launching more chapters worldwide. We are very excited to partner with Midem on both the speed networking session along with our rooftop panel and brunch to recognize the contributions of women in the music industry while shedding light on the issues they face on a global scale.” says Women in Music President, Jessica Sobhraj.

    It has always been essential for Midem to enable executive women from across the world to network. This year again, the speed meeting session is key to our program. We are thrilled to grow this focus with Women in Music and to inaugurate the very first Women in Music rooftop event during which we hope the panel, brunch and networking opportunities will inspire our clients to create more initiatives while growing existing ones,” said Alexandre Deniot, Director of Midem.

    Through the “Meet the Women in Music” speed networking session on June 6th, Midem attendees will have the opportunity to briefly network with seasoned executives including Michelle Amar (Director, Bureau Export - USA/France), Lara Baker (Director of Marketing & Events, AIM – UK), Christine Brown (Director of External Affairs & Chief of Staff, Help Musicians UK), Virginie Berge (CEO, Armonia Online – France), Andrea DaSilva (ITA Global Publishing, Media & Entertainment Leader, Trade.Gov – USA), Helena Kosinski (Vice President of Client Solutions, Nielsen Music – UK), Neeta Ragoowansi (SVP Business Development & Legal Affairs, NPREX / Board Director, Women in Music – USA), Jennifer Newman Sharpe (Vice President, Women in Music / CEO, Sparkplug – USA), and Jessica Sobhraj (President, Women in Music / CEO, Cosynd). The speed networking session is open  to all Midem delegate badge holders.

    The private brunch and panel on June 7th will include a discussion led by moderator Jennifer Newman Sharpe (Vice President, Women in Music / CEO, Sparkplug)  and feature Christine Brown (Director of External Affairs & Chief of Staff, Help Musicians UK), Vanessa Picken (Director, Comes With Fries), Virginie Berge (CEO, Armonia Online), and Jessica Sobhraj (President, Women in Music / CEO, Cosynd). Collectively, the presentation will provide an overview of the challenges faced by women globally as well as the proven solutions and resources that can be implemented by the attendees to improve conditions for women worldwide. The event is made possible thanks to supporters Help Musicians UK, Fox Rothschild LLP, Armonia Online, ASCAP, Cosynd, Sparkplug, and Quiv. The brunch is limited to invited executives only. If you are interested in attending please contact Jessica@womeninmusic.org, space is extremely limited.

    “By partnering with Midem – the global hub for our industry - on these efforts, we can easily engage with executives and advocates in the international community that are poised to create meaningful changes and opportunities for the advancement of women in our industry worldwide.” Adds Women in Music Vice President, Jennifer Newman Sharpe.

    These events are open to Midem registrants only. Attendees can register for Midem here for 805. WIM members receive a special discount on Midem registration until June 5th, 2017.

    About Women in Music

    Women in Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1985 in New York City to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts and industry through education, networking resources, support, empowerment, and recognition. For more information about Women in Music, visit www.womeninmusic.org

    About Midem – Midem is an annual international b2b event dedicated to the new music ecosystem, with a tradeshow, conferences, competitions, networking events and live performances. It’s the place where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands & talents come together to enrich the passionate relationship between people & music, transform audience engagement and form new business connections. www.midem.com

    For press/media inquires:

    Sari Delmar

    Women in Music, Communications Co-Chair


    Jane GARTON, Entertainment Press Director: +33 1 79 71 94 39


  • 24 May 2017 4:13 PM | MILI (Administrator)

    We sat down to chat with Erin Barra, an amazing Board Member of Women in Music to get her valuable advice for women working in the music industry.

    Success is such a personal concept – we all see and define it differently. How did you personally define your success?

    It’s changed for me over the years, but now I define it as working solely in the music industry, retaining creative control of the content I produce and making enough money to live comfortably all while simultaneously managing to be happy. It’s pretty broad, which I find allows me to work on many different types of projects, but is still a pretty tall order. 

    What advice would you give women who want to enter your side of the industry - What are your top three tips?

    • Make sure you know what you’re talking about. Women in music tech (or any tech for that matter) are at a disadvantage because people assume we don’t actually know what we’re doing, so in some ways you have to know more than your male counterparts just to be taken as seriously.

    • Always keep learning. Music technology is constantly changing and evolving and you need to keep up: Know what the new products are and how they work, pick up a new skill set which will compliment what it is you’re already an expert at, go to conferences as see what everyone else is up too.

    • Don’t underestimate yourself. I just had a conversation with a large music distributor about how most of the women who apply to work for them rate their knowledge of musical instruments as a 2 on a scale from 1-10. We have a tendency to play into other people perception of what we’re capable of, but the truth is that we’re selling ourselves short. People want to work with confident professionals. Even though you don’t know every thing there is to know about everything (no one does), understand that the knowledge you do have is powerful.     

    How have the personal and professional experiences in your life contributed to your success today?

    We are the sum of our parts. Every experience, every success, every failure… mostly the failures, contribute to what we’re able to accomplish. I’ve worked on many sides of the industry - as an artist, a writer, a producer, a consultant and an educator. To me, they are expressions of the same skill set, which is communicating. Having had so many experiences brings value to what I offer the people I work with. Since I was an artist, when I’m working with one I can come from a place of knowledge and understanding, which makes people want to keep working with me and has been a huge part of my success.    

    Can you share with us some of the challenges you’ve faced?

    Most of the challenges I’ve faced have been self-created. When I was younger I completely bought into a narrative and identity I created for myself on how things were supposed to unfold. Every time I was confronted with a reality that didn’t match my narrative I wouldn’t accept it. I know that stubbornness prevented me from accomplishing many things and I wish I had had the ability to compromise and pivot when necessary, just like any good business would.

    What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?

    It’s okay to change your mind.

    What do you think is the most pressing issue women in the music industry face in your region?

    Lack of role support. There aren’t enough role models for other women to look up too and that is hugely detrimental.

    Who inspires you, and why?

    I’m really inspired by my boss Bonnie Hayes, who is a big time writer, producer and educator. She’s my role support. I watch her in meetings and see how she talks to the people who work for her and it has such a huge impact on me. She is the definition of a Boss Lady and being around her and working for her has changed me for the better.   

    What do you look forward to accomplishing in the next year?

    I’m having a baby this year so I’m looking forward to striking a new work/life balance.

    Easier said than done I imagine….

    Tell us more about how you got involved in your current role? What is your ultimate goal and what do you need to take it to the next level?

    I was poached from another job by my current boss. I’ve been at Berklee for 3 amazing years now and I more than accomplished my initial goals. I’m ready to slow down a bit and focus more on my family – which may sound a bit backwards, but for me would be a huge accomplishment. I’ve always been very career oriented and for me the next level will actually be slowing down and learning to let someone else take the wheel.

  • 18 May 2017 3:43 PM | MILI (Administrator)

    WIM is proud to return to Midem for the fourth consecutive year to host "Meet the Women in Music", a networking session featuring executives from Nielsen Music,  The French Export Office, Sparkplug, The Association of Independent Music, and more on Tuesday, June 6th in Midem's Networking Village. 

    In addition, WIM members can use this special promo code: WIMMIDEM that will discounted the registration price from €805 to only €395, but only until June 5th, so go register now!

    Meet the Women in Music:

    • Michelle Amar: Director, Bureau Export - USA/France
    • Lara Baker: Director of Marketing & Events, AIM - UK
    • Virginie Berge: CEO, Armonia Online - France
    • Andrea DaSilva: ITA Global Publishing, Media & Entertainment Leader, Trade.Gov - USA
    • Helena Kosinski: Vice President of Client Solutions, Nielsen Music - UK
    • Neeta Ragoowansi: SVP Business Development & Legal Affairs, NPREX / Board Director, Women in Music - USA
    • Jennifer Newman Sharpe: CEO, Sparkplug / Vice President, Women in Music - USA
    • Jessica Sobhraj: President, Women in Music - USA / CEO, Cosynd
    • and more!

    WHEN: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
    WHERE: Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes
    6 boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes,France
    TIME: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    LINK: http://www.midem.com/

     #MIDEM #WIM

    Have questions about this event? Please contact events@womeninmusic.org.
    For more information on Women in Music, please visit womeninmusic.org

  • 02 May 2017 4:26 PM | MILI (Administrator)

    Women In Music is excited to partner with Music Biz 2017 — the industry's premier convention hosted by the Music Business Association. 

    Music Biz 2017 is set to bring together 1,500+ music industry professionals from across the country from Monday, May 15 to Thursday, May 18 in Nashville at the Renaissance hotel. 

    We'll be hosting a Women In Music mixer during the convention at 7PM on Tuesday, May 16, so stay tuned for more info!

    The "four most important days on the industry calendar" will include 100+ panels, live music showcases; workshops with Apple, Amazon, Google/YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Pandora; meetups; mixers; awards honoringAdele, Maren Morris, Paula Abdul& more; a keynote from Spotify's Troy Carter, and...Music's Leading Ladies Speak Outpowered by Nielsen .

    Headlined by a keynote interview with Atlantic Records' Julie Greenwald carried out by Ann Powers of NPR Music, this event will take on the theme of “Creative Partnerships” and will feature stories of how Greenwald's keen and often maternal instincts have helped her to uniquely nurture the careers of major artists such as Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Janelle Monáe, Twenty One Pilots, Sturgill Simpson, Coldplay, and more. The conversation will also illuminate how she achieved her success in a male-dominated business, as well as her views and approach on the many issues around work/life balance. A featured panel of female executive will then tell their stories as a women in the music industry and talk about work life balance, bridging confidence gaps, and facilitating greater gender equality in the future. Women In Music's own Erin Crawford of Nielsen will act as the event's emcee. Way to go!

    For the full schedule, visit musicbiz2017.sched.org.


    First-time convention attendees (managers, songwriters, publishers, publicists, lawyers, startups, other industry enthusiasts) have the opportunity to experience the entire Music Biz convention May 15-18 for just $249*! Register for a 'non-member registration' with code WIM-249 at musicbiz2017.eventbrite.com

    In addition to 'Music's Leading Ladies', Tuesday, May 16 at Music Biz offers an abundance of programming including the Metadata Summit; Career Development Workshops; panels on live streaming, vinyl, international music, and more. If interested in purchasing a day pass, use code WIMDAY to reveal a special option to do so here for only $199. 

  • 21 Apr 2017 4:02 PM | MILI (Administrator)

    Trees are in bloom, birds are a-chirping, shorts are getting shorter... must be time for the Women in Music NY Summer Cocktail Party!

    Break out your bermudas and join us on Wednesday, May 24th from 6:30 - 8:30PM EST at Bryant Park Grill! Quality networking and excellent views of the park guaranteed.

    Light snacks and a limited number of complimentary drink tickets will be provided, so be sure to arrive early to get yours! Entry for members is not guaranteed and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Please let us know if you can make it by Monday, May 22nd at 5PM EST. 

    Event: Women in Music NY Summer Cocktail Party *Members Only*

    Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

    Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM EST

    Where: Bryant Park Grill (25 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018)

    Make sure to RSVP here!

    Not a member? Sign up here: http://www.womeninmusic.org/join

    Have questions about this event? Please contact events@womeninmusic.org.

    For more information on Women in Music, please visit womeninmusic.org.

  • 14 Apr 2017 10:34 AM | MILI (Administrator)

    On Wednesday May 17th, Join Women in Music at Betaworks in Manhattan from 6-9PM, as we celebrate women making moves in music and technology!

    Curated and hosted by Erin Barra, Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music and creator of Beats By Girlz, come network with industry professionals and hear presentations from women working around the globe in music and tech.


    Suzi Analogue

    Producer / Founder Of Never Normal Records

    DJ Rekha

    Basement Bhangra, Producer, Educator, Curator

    Elizabeth Frascoia

    US Education Program Manager, ROLI

    Kaki King

    Guitarist, composer, producer, artist

    Hillary Johnson

    Engineer, Producer, Educator (Nile Rogers, The Ramones, Jeff Buckley and more)

  • 06 Apr 2017 12:19 PM | MILI (Administrator)

    WIM is excited to partner with Synchtank on their next Webinar!  

    Thanks to the popularity of their 'Essentials of Sync' webinar last year, Synchtank are running another one later this month in association with WIM! Register now to hear the best practices for preparing your catalogue for licensing, tips for pitching successfully, building relationships with music supervisor, and much more!

    From Pitch to Placement: The Essentials of Sync

    Webinar hosted by SynchTank , April25th  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT


    This event is free for WIM members and non-members.

    Have questions about this event? Please contact events@womeninmusic.org
    For more information on Women In Music, please visit womeninmusic.org 

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