A new organisation has launched in the US, with the aim of promoting a hub to promote the role of women within the music business.
Through organised meetings and workshops, The Women In Music Network (The WiMN), provides a community for women in the music industry with a website and online community, as well as special events like the annual Women's Music Summit and She Rocks Awards.
The network's founder, Laura B. Whitmore, has worked in the music industry for over 25 years, and is also the owner of Mad Sun Marketing, a boutique music and audio marketing and PR firm based in San Francisco.
“There seems to be a gap in the support of women in the music industry, as professionals, pioneers, and performers - especially instrumentalists,” Whitmore commented. “I want to build a hub for all the current communities out there to share information, and to bring women in every area of the music industry together to support and encourage each other.”
Prior to this, Whitmore served as marketing manager for Korg USA for two decades, handling marketing, PR, artist relations and more for the Korg, Marshall, and Vox brands. She writes the Guitar Girl'd column for Guitar World Magazine and also organised the first annual Women's Music Summit, in August.
As it's first official event, the WiMN will host A Musical Morning: The Women in Music Network Breakfast in partnership with NewBay Media, taking place at NAMM =on January 25th, 2013.
The meeting will also mark the commencement of the first annual She Rocks Awards, also in partnership with NewBay Media. The awards designate women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry. As honoree for the 2013 She Rocks Awards, the WiMN will spotlight songwriter, producer and Songwriter Hall of Fame nominee, Holly Knight. Mary Peavey, President of Peavey Electronics and Tish Ciravolo, President of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars will also be honoured.