Global Non-Profit Organization Women in Music (WIM) To Service Membership from Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) Following Dissolution
(Los Angeles, CA – January 20th, 2017) – After thirty years of service to the music community, Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) has voted on the dissolution of its organization. Following the dissolution, a majority of LAWIM’s membership will transition to become members of Women in Music, the industry’s longest running and largest nonprofit organization for music professionals, with service to chapters across the globe.
The dissolution will conclude in the first quarter of 2017 and marks the end of three decades of service, support, and empowerment provided by LAWIM to its diverse membership of performers, songwriters, and other industry professionals. LAWIM’s members will be welcomed into WIM’s global community, bringing the organization’s total membership count to nearly 2000 members. WIM is dedicated to continuing to provide valuable offerings to members such as panels, webinars, networking events, and more.
On the decision to dissolve, LAWIM’s President, Leanne Summers,
says “It has always been my vision to empower as many women in music as possible, and support them in ways that would expand their opportunities and make a long-standing, positive impact in our community and the industry at large. LAWIM has done that in spades over the past 30 years! The many success stories of our members, programs, partnerships, and community outreach are a true testament to the progress we have made with our efforts. Always keeping our true mission at heart, LAWIM has continually adapted over the years to reflect the changing landscape of the music business. Global access and exchanges are now possible thanks to technology; there is a wider recognition of the need to support each other as women and advocate a musical world where women’s contributions are acknowledged and talents are nurtured; and the more women we can connect in more places… the more we can affect change! LAWIM has cultivated something very special in Los Angeles and laid a solid foundation for moving forward. It’s now time to take the next step for the greater good. In voting to dissolve our standalone organization and join forces with WIM and the network of national and international chapters that are in development, we stand to strengthen the future of ALL women in music and make an even bigger difference.”
“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 in diverse and accessible ways with the LA community. Undoubtedly, LAWIM's contributions to this mission are significant and we applaud its leaders for their tireless efforts and dedication during the organization's thirty years of service. LAWIM's ability to continuously support the local industry over this time is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the many voices within this community. Following the dissolution, it will be our honor to continue to lead the charge via the LA chapter of Women in Music. We are very excited to be able to offer LAWIM’s members the opportunity to connect with our 2000 members across 7 chapters in a meaningful way via panels, webinars, online forums, communities and more.” says Women in Music President, Jessica Sobhraj.
“Growth was a major theme for WIM in 2016, marked by the launch of several new chapters and with our membership almost doubling. We grew more rapidly than any other year prior and are delighted to include our expansion into LA as a part of that. In addition to the launch of our Los Angeles chapter, WIM launched new chapters in major markets such as Nashville, Chicago, Brazil, and the Caribbean, which join our existing chapters of Boston, and New York. We’re now a truly global organization with representation on both coasts domestically.” adds Women in Music Vice President, Jennifer Newman Sharpe.
In the second quarter of 2017, Women in Music will appoint leadership for the Los Angeles chapter and intends to reach more women in the music communities. WIM plans to continue the rapid expansion the organization experienced in 2016 with many of the same faces and partners that made LAWIM a success.
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About Women in Music:
Women in Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1985 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.
Established in 1986, Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Public Benefit Corporation dedicated to fostering equal opportunity for women and men in the music industry and to promoting the advancement of women through empowerment, support, education, encouragement and recognition of their achievements. www.lawim.com