Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the new Women in Music Network (WiMN), spoke to MI Pro about the organisation's goals...
It recently occurred to me that female vocalists have not only become quite accepted, but it is expected that the female member(s) of a band sing. Think about how many of the top superstar singers are women – from Beyonce, to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Pink, and many more, they have got it going on!
But it’s quite a different story when you consider female instrumental musicians, especially in the world of popular music. Female guitarists, drummers, bassists, and others are still considered an anomaly. Can a girl really measure up in this male dominated world? This is a challenge that many women find daunting and even veteran players have horror stories to share – girls starting out often get ridiculed for trying to jump into a guy’s pastime.
This is the motivation behind the launch of the Women in Music Network (WiMN). As the writer for GuitarWorld.com’s Guitar Girl’d column I have interviewed many female musicians. A surprising number of them feel alone in a vast sea of testosterone. The WiMN is a new organisation that seeks to provide support, information, and a sense of community for women in all walks of the industry, including performers, business insiders, educators and students.
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As a hub for news, events, and idea sharing, the WiMN seeks to bring women together and give them a sense of solidarity and support in the music industry. We will share news from all other music organisations that support women in the industry, and encourage everyone to send their news, event info, and questions to us at news@TheWiMN.com.
In addition, the WiMN will host our own events, including The Women in Music Breakfast during the January NAMM show, and the second annual Women’s Music Summit, which will take place in Los Angeles in July 2013 - a follow-up to our first summit, which featured Meshell Ndegeocello, Marnie Stern, Malina Moye and Melissa Auf der Maur.
In my nearly 30 years in the music industry as a marketer, publicist, writer, and singer/songwriter, I have often been the only woman in the band, or in the room. Somehow it never fazed me, and only made me want to work harder.
Don’t get me wrong, I like men. I work with lots of them! I don’t want to be militant about the female musician cause, I just want women in the industry to know that they are not alone and that there is a safe place to ask the ‘dumb’ questions, and find supportive, helpful kindred spirits.
So ladies, please visit us at TheWiMN.com. Join our mailing list. Send us your news. Share your thoughts. We are all in this together.