We hope you’re well and that your 2017 is off to a great start!
Now that the holidays have concluded, our team is back to work preparing for what will surely be another stellar year. Before we turn our full attention to 2017, I want to take a moment to reflect on the meteoric growth our organization experienced during 2016 and to thank you for continuing to support and embody the mission for which WIM has stood for over the last 30+ years. We grew more rapidly than any other year prior and are one of the largest and most established organizations for women in the music industry worldwide, which is a testament to how necessary organizations like WIM are and to the strength of our members!
We believe that the conversation around women’s rights and equality is one that is inclusive of everyone and we’re honored to continue to lead that conversation as we’ve done for the last three decades in diverse and accessible ways. In 2016, WIM threw over 25 events across our chapters. Some of these events were webinars intended to make our programming available to WIM members everywhere. Others were on-site events that highlighted the contributions women have made in our industry, such as the Women in Sync Awards, or provided unique programming, such as our executive breakfast, women in music tech event, social media critique/panel, sync licensing demo/panel, and our 360 mock negotiation.
We launched new chapters in Brazil, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Barbados to join our existing chapters in Boston and New York. Our membership swelled to nearly 1500 music industry executives, rising professionals, performance artists, songwriters, and more. The rapid expansion sparked many of you to want to bring WIM to your hometowns too! We anticipate the launch of several new chapters next year and the implementation of new infrastructure to help you all connect in more meaningful ways.
This kind of growth does not happen without tremendous effort, planning, and support. On behalf of the entire membership, we would like to thank the board directors, advisory board, and vice chairs that volunteer their time and work tirelessly to make all of this possible. We would also like to thank our partners and sponsors, whose generous contributions ensured that WIM membership fees would not increase (and have not increased over the last 10 years):
Atlas Music Publishing
Around Digital Media
The Caribbean Development Bank
The C2G Group at Morgan Stanley
Fox Rothschild LLP
Jeff McClusky & Associates
Joe Lambert Mastering
Miller Tau Financial Group
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Riptide Music Group
Small Town Brewery
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Twenty One Twelve
Everyone that contributes their time to WIM does so as a labor of love and an obligation to carry on the momentum of the women that came before us. WIM is supported by your membership, sponsorships, and donors. If you would like to get involved in any of the aforementioned capacities you can do so by clicking on any of the links above.
Lastly, as we dive into 2017, we will continue to find new and valuable ways serve our members at all levels of their career. In the coming months, we'll continue to update you on the numerous valuable events, networking opportunities and perks that we offer as well as new initiatives such as scholarships, grants, and tools to help you connect with each other even more!
Jessica Sobhraj, President, Women in Music
Jennifer Newman Sharpe, Vice President, Women in Music