• 24 May 2017 4:13 PM | MC C (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 | MC C (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 | MC C (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 | MC C (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 | MC C (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 | MC C (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 

  • 06 Apr 2017 11:37 AM | MC C (Administrator)

    We’re excited to share with you an interview with Sallie Ford, the Oregon- based songwriter and guitarist. Her new album Soul Sick was recently released by Vanguard Records and has she just returned from a successful tour across Europe! Her US tour kicked off this week (see full tour dates below). Pitchfork reviewed Soul Sick and said, “Her energetic thrashing is infectious, like an open invitation to dance away your own pain."

    At Women in Music we are proud to honor badass women making waves in the music industry! Read our interview with Sallie below and watch her adorable video here

    Stay tuned for a ticket and vinyl giveaway at @WOMENINMUSIC on Facebook and Instagram!

    *Hi Sallie, tell us a bit how you got into the music and what inspired you to be an artist?

    I grew up in a very musical and creative family. I played classical violin from age 9 till 16. Then, quit to focus on visual art, but got back into singing, playing guitar and writing my own songs in 2006, right before I moved to Portland. I started to play small house concerts cause I was underage and then my music sorta grew from there. 

    *Can you name a specific album or a song that made a real impact on you? Do you remember the first time you heard it? 

    I think the two albums that inspired me initially to experiment with my voice were Tom Wait's "Alice" and Squirell Nut Zippers "Perennial Favorites". I loved how Tom Waits took risks and experimented with his voice and was inspired by the classic timbre of Katharine Whalen's voice. 

    *You describe your recently released album Soul Sick as a “confessional” album.  Pitchfork wrote “Her energetic thrashing is infectious, like an open invitation to dance away your own pain.” What was its creation process like for you? 

    The writing process was very natural and not forced at all. It felt like writing in a journal.My mom sent me this book "an artists way" which talks about unlocking your creativity and gives you tips on how anyone can be creative. One exercise I did try from the book was to write from my stream of conscious. It's the idea of writing without worry of being judged and capturing your raw thoughts. I was inspired by that for the album's lyrics and then would edit afterwards. 

    * How do you use your music to inspire and make a positive impact?

    I guess I just write from my perspective and hope that others can relate or make some sort of meaningful connection with the music and/or lyrics. 

    * In your career, you have explored and experimented with plenty of music genres. You once said that you wanted to blend different eras of music—the 80s, 90s, 60s, 70s—maybe some 50s,” How important for a well-rounded musician like yourself is to experiment and collaborate with other artists?My new album was very collaborative and I think I learned the most from making this album then any of my others. It was a very collaborative experience working with my producer Mike Coykendall. He helped me bring my vision alive in the songs and also experimented a lot to create new songs inspired by the past. 

    *Can you share with us one challenge about being a female in this industry?

    I'm often compared to other female vocalists, which can get old and annoying. 

    * And what is it that makes you love being a woman in this industry?

    Rock n roll is very male dominated, so it feels special to be a women playing that kind of music. 

    *You just returned from your European tour, did you learn anything new about yourself on the road?  

    I can't say no to the French cheese!! Yum

    * How do you prepare for such a heavy touring schedule ahead of this upcoming US tour? 

     I got about a week home to take it easy and kiss my cats many many times!

    Thank you for chatting with us. We are excited to hear you perform at The Bell House in Brooklyn on 4/12!  


    Sallie Ford North American Tour Dates


    4/6/17     Minneapolis, MN                 7th St Entry

    4/7/17     Chicago, IL                          Schubas

    4/8/17     Ferndale, MI                        The Loving Touch

    4/9/17     Toronto, ON                         Horseshoe Tavern

    4/11/17  Allston, MA                            Great Scott

    4/12/17  Brooklyn, NY                         The Bell House

    4/13/17  Philadelphia, PA                   Johnny Brenda’s

    4/14/17  Washington, DC                   DC9^

    4/15/17  Charlottesville, VA                 The Southern

    4/17/17  Carrboro, NC                        Cat’s Cradle – Backroom

    4/18/17  Atlanta, GA                            Vinyl

    4/19/17  Nashville, TN                        The Basement

    4/21/17  Houston, TX                          White Oak Music Hall

    4/22/17  Dallas, TX                             Three Links

    4/23/17  Austin, TX                             Stubb’s (indoor) 

    4/25/17  Albuquerque, NM                  Low Spirits

    4/26/17  Phoenix, AZ                          Valley Bar

    4/28/17  San Diego, CA                      The Casbah

    4/29/17  Los Angeles, CA                   Bootleg Theater

    4/30/17  Oakland, CA                         Starline Social Club

    6/1/17-6/4/17   Nelsonville, OH          Nelsonville Music Festival


  • 06 Apr 2017 11:26 AM | MC C (Administrator)

    Join Women in Music Chicago this Wednesday, May 10th, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at 2112  for our first networking event of the summer, with complimentary drinks from our sponsor for the evening, 2112! Reconnect with new friends and meet industry professionals.

    Event details:

    Wednesday, May 10th, 2017  | 6:00pm-9:00pm @ 2112

    4245 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
    This event is open to non-members at no charge, so feel free to invite your industry friends and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you!

    Reconnect with new friends and meet industry professionals.



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

  • 03 Apr 2017 5:03 PM | MC C (Administrator)

    WIM members in Boston,

    On Wednesday April 26th, Join Women in Music at iZotope's HQ in Cambridge, 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.


    Alyce Currier

    DJ, Event Organizer, Content Strategist at Formlabs (3D Printing)

    Susan Rogers, PhD

    Engineer (Prince, David Bryne), Director of Berklee Music Perception and Cognition Lab, Founder of The Record Company

    Hannah Roberston

    DSP Software Engineer, iZotope

    Danielle Thwaites

    EPD/CWP student, Berklee College of Music, Artist

    Event Type: Panel/Demo

    Location: iZotope

    Time:  6-9pm

    Make sure to RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wimintechboston-voices-of-the-community-tickets-33344523367

    ah.. more cool stuff - food and beverages will be provided:)

    We look forward to seeing you there! #WIMBoston #WimInTechBoston

  • 31 Mar 2017 3:43 PM | MC C (Administrator)

    Happy Friday to all Women in Music!

    We're kicking the weekend off with a fantastic guide to music publicity!

    This musicians guide by Ariel Hyatt (founder of Cyber PR) will teach you everything you need to know about how publicity works in the new music business. It is broken down into 3 parts:

    Part 1: Getting Ready For Music PR - Step by Step
    Part 2: How to Execute Your Own Music PR Campaign
    Part 3: How to Find, Research & Hire a Publicist to Help You

    It also covers tour publicity, music blogs and how to secure a premiere. 

    Download Ultimate Guide to Music Publicity here for free: http://bit.ly/MusicPR_Guide 

    OR  it's 99 cents on Amazon: http://bit.ly/MusicPR_Ultimate

    PART 1 – Getting Ready For Music PR
    • Social Media and Publicity are Now Intertwined
    • With Music Publicity Comes Great Expectations
    • Publicity is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

    PART 2 – How To Do Your Own PR
    • Planning Your Campaign & Building Your Press Kit
    • Preparing Your Press Release & Sending Media Pitches
    • To Premiere or Not to Premiere?
    • Getting Tour Press
    • Showcasing Your PR Results

    PART 3 – How To Hire A Publicist to Help You
    • What A Publicist Does & The Benefits of Hiring One
    • Why Publicity Does NOT Sell Music (and Why This is Okay)
    • Is She Good? How to Do Your Research


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