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)
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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.
Producer / Founder Of Never Normal Records
Basement Bhangra, Producer, Educator, Curator
US Education Program Manager, ROLI
Guitarist, composer, producer, artist
Engineer, Producer, Educator (Nile Rogers, The Ramones, Jeff Buckley and more)
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
REGISTER FOR FREE HERE
This event is free for WIM members and non-members.
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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
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.
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!
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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!
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
DSP Software Engineer, iZotope
EPD/CWP student, Berklee College of Music, Artist
Event Type: Panel/Demo
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
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 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
We're excited to inform you that "The Economics of Streaming " event will be hosted in New York on March 29th at Reed Smith (599 Lexington Avenue, New York).
For all our members interested in attending we are offering an exclusive 25% discount!
The Economics of Streaming will examine the business of streaming content, the latest developments around music licensing, and the implications. We will explore a wide range of topics including everything from, the economics of streaming – for service providers, rights holders, artists and users. We will dig in deep to understand what happens if consumption is free, digital service providers' different business models, legislative reform, as well as the impact of the ad-market dynamics on per-stream rates for artists, record labels, publishers, and collective rights management organizations.
The full agenda for the night can be found (HERE).
Our speaker panel includes the best and brightest in the world of streaming, including:
Tiffany Almy, Senior Associate, Reed-Smith (Board Director – Women in Music)
Richard Burgess, CEO, A2IM
Christopher Harrison, VP Music Business Affairs, Sirius XM Radio
Pete Jimison, CEO /Jenifer Vandagriff, Director of UX & Design, F Sharp
David Levin, Vice President Digital Licensing, BMI
Steven Marks, Chief Digital Business and General Counsel, RIAA
Barry Massarsky, Economist and Strategist for Music Industry Revenue Flows
Larry Miller, Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt
Deborah Newman, Digital Music Consultant & Attorney: Copyright, Licensing & Distribution, MusicStra
John Raso, SVP of Client Services for HFA and Rumblefish
Bill Rosenblatt, Founder, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies
To receive your discount, just enter the code "NAOMI25 " when registering online at: https://www.universe.com/e vents/music-4-5-the-economics- of-streaming-tickets-ZHFPMJ
We sat down to chat with Laura Jones, who is the head of Little Underground Management, a producer management company based in New York. Her clients have produced and mixed records for everyone from Fallout Boy to The War On Drugs, Weezer to Animal Collective.
After moving from the UK to the US almost 3 years ago, the company has grown phenomenally. The roster has quadrupled in size, spawned 4 Grammy nominations, received several platinum and gold selling records, and worked on a multitude of critically acclaimed albums. Furthermore, she’s achieved this success within the niche genre of rock and alternative music.
Tell us a bit about how you landed into the world of music business. Did it happen by chance or were you intentionally pursuing this path?
I originally went to university to study modern languages but later dropped out to do a degree in Arts, Music & Entertainment Management at LIPA (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, co-founded in 1996 by Sir Paul McCartney for those who don’t know). I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I just knew I wanted to work in music. The course was very practical, with a focus on real-life experience. During that time, I started managing a musician called Eugene McGuinness. We were both nearing the end of our studies and luckily met an A&R person from Domino Records who really liked his songs. Within 6 months he had signed to both label and publishing and that, as they say, was that. Suddenly I was managing a signed artist and that prompted me to start the original incarnation of my management company, Little Underground Management.
Safe to assume you’ve always been passionate about music then?
My Mom took me to a music festival when I was 12 years old and from then on all my free time was spent going to shows, record shopping, taping radio shows and making notes about all the new bands being played on them. I was definitely a bit of a nerd!
Ever since then, you’ve covered so many roles in this business and your clients have even won Grammys! We’re sure it has been an interesting journey. What are the most valuable lessons you’ve learned along the way?
I think PEOPLE and contacts are so important in this industry. It really is a ‘who you know’ business. To grow and develop you must have strong relationships with a wide range of people and have those people trust and believe in you. Remember to build your contacts, follow-up with everyone you meet and be gracious and respectful towards everyone - you never know when your paths will cross again!
Share with us a challenge(s) you are proud you overcame.
When I first started in artist management, I was 22 years old and looked like I was 12! So many people would disregard me and told me the job was too difficult and that I wouldn’t be able to succeed. I don’t think that anyone believed that this young female would survive the ferocity of the industry. That was the hardest thing to overcome; however, I just used it as ammunition to work even harder and prove them wrong. I would smile and be gracious, but it pushed me to fight even harder. Overcoming that is something I am proud of. I never gave in when people said I couldn’t do it.
Who are the people you’ve worked with that made an impact on you?
Laurence Bell from Domino Records. He was the opposite of what I just described. He was incredibly supportive during my early years as a manager and is a true inspiration. He started his label out of his bedroom, releasing albums out of passion, because he wanted people to hear great new music. Domino is now an international company, with offices all over the world and countless hit records but the basis of the company is still the same. I will always be grateful to him for giving me a chance and want Little Underground to exist on the same ethos - work on the music you love because you think everyone should hear it.
Tell us more about founding your own company, Little Underground Producer Management?
It was just a natural progression based on all my previous experiences in the UK. I ran Little Underground as an artist management company for 5 years on my own, before joining a producer management company for 4 years. I had always wanted to move to New York, and when the opportunity arose, the most natural progression seemed to be to take the producer management knowledge I had accumulated and fold it into Little Underground. I was fortunate enough to team up with Shmanagement, an artist management company based in NYC, who were keen to expand their business and move into representing producers. They loved the brand and reputation I had already created with Little Underground so we joined forces to create a stronger, more powerful team and conquer the production world together!
What’s the best part about it?
I think the freedom is the best thing, but then maybe it’s also the hardest. Everything is in your own hands - how hard you work, how much you want to push things, the complete vision. You don’t have to run things ‘up the ladder’ to get approval. There’s no hiding behind anyone else. That’s daunting but also incredibly liberating.
Also, you have the unique privilege of having worked inside and outside of the USA. How has that impacted your skills and performance within the business?
Obviously, having worked in both places has helped me enormously with my network. I built strong connections in the UK and now have done the same here in the US. You can really get to know people and build more powerful relationships, something that rarely happens when you’re just visiting a country on a week long business trip. Also, it’s easy to become complacent and comfortable when things are going well. Re-building the business in the US forced me to come out from behind the comfort blanket, take risks again and have to learn about operating in a new market, pushing me to continually grow and develop and ultimately give a real strength and depth to the company.
What surprising twists and turns has your career in music taken?
Honestly, I never envisioned I’d be a record producer manager. I didn’t even know that was a job when i started! For me I thought doing anything but artist management would be a failure. It was how I started in the industry and how I always imagined it would be - i couldn’t give in to anything else. However, I grew up, learned more about the industry and also about what I wanted for my own life. Managing producers definitely suits my personality and skills better (I enjoy the creative a&r element that you don’t necessarily get when managing an artist) and now I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
In today’s over-crowded market, what do you think are the key ingredients for an artists/producer’s success?
As cheesy as it is and as many times as it’s been said, “just being true”. Being a genuine artist or producer and making music that comes naturally to you will always sound better than music that’s trying to fit into a mold or trying to be ‘a hit’. We all have to pay our bills and will sometimes compromise on taste for a pay day, but if you want a long-standing career you should always work on music you love and believe in, otherwise people will see right through it.
Any advice for young women trying to get their foot into this ever-changing industry?
Create your own opportunities. Don’t just rely on a job interview or a promotion to get the position you want - create it for yourself. Put on shows, make friends with local artists and help them however you can, DJ, volunteer on the local radio station. Immerse yourself in your local scene and be a part of it. The more people you know and the more people you’re impressing, the more likely good opportunities will come to you.
Anything else, you’d like to share with our readers?
It’s a difficult and daunting industry but don’t be afraid to ask questions. I used to be scared to admit that I didn’t know something and thought you needed to appear strong and confident at all times. However, that only held me back and stopped me from growing. Nobody, not even the top execs, can know everything. There’s absolutely no shame in just asking somebody for help or advice.
Thank you Laura! Keep rocking!
Women in Music sat down with Ebonnie Rowe, founder of Honey Jam Barbados, a developmental programme which provides educational , networking, mentoring and performance opportunities for young female artists in the region. We sat down with Ebonnie to learn about her history and hear her advice for advancing as a Woman in Music.
1. Success is such a personal concept – we all see and define it differently. How did you personally define your success?
Success for me is to do work that is fulfilling, that feeds my soul and that benefits others in a positive way. It is focusing the full extent of my enthusiasm, commitment and drive on what I have a passion to achieve, and then achieving those goals, barreling through all obstacles and getting back up from every fall and setback. Success for me is about service. Bob Marley said, “if my life is just for me I don’t want it.” Marian Wright Edelman said, “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time. Being able to serve others in a positive and meaningful way is a large part of what success means to me.”
2. What advice would you give women who want to enter your side of the industry - What are your top three tips?
be very clear on specifically what it is you want to achieve
be prepared to do the necessary work and to take every opportunity to learn
find mentors you respect and who know more than you to advise and guide
3. How have the personal and professional experiences in your life contributed to your success today?
That’s a broad question! Every personal and professional experience over decades has contributed to my success. Every experience and interaction is an opportunity to learn or to act as a cautionary tale.
4. Can you share with us some of the challenges you’ve faced?
Funding of the developmental programme I run for young female artists has been a huge challenge. I am very driven and this is a passion project for me so I always find a way to make things happen. Where there is a will there is a way is a cliche but very true. Sexual harrassment, being respected as a woman in charge is a challenge, finding committed, reliable people to work with is a challenge, managing the workload, but there is really non time to sit around whining about it - there is work to be done so I just keep moving forward to find solutions to the challenges.
5. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?
Believe in what you are doing. If you dont then no one else will. There is a law of attraction. Be confident. Have faith. Trust your gut. A set back is a setup for a comeback. Stay positive and do the work.
6. What do you think is the most pressing issue women in the music industry face in your region?
I work in North America and the Caribbean. In the Caribbean some of the pressing issues include performance opportunities, affordability of demo and track production, access to funding for projects, ability to get in front of industry reps with international experience who can further their careers.
7. Who inspires you, and why?
So many people, quotes, images, events inspire me. Too many to list. I seek out inspiration every day to keep my spirits up and keep me motivated. People who inspire me are those who are strong and who make a difference in the world, who have honour and integrity, who succeed against the odds, who are fearless, who push the envelope and challenge the status quo, who fight against injustice, who want to change the world.
8. What do you look forward to accomplishing at HoneyJam in the next year? In Barbados I want to secure sustainable funding, to set up valuable and impactful post-programme developmental opportunities. I would also like to work on performance opportunities for them outside of Barbados. We also produce a Jazz show called Honey Jazz which is growing into a multi-event festival starting in 2017. I would like to be able to bring in international acts to join the local lineup and make it an event tourists fly in to attend.
9. Tell us more about how you got involved in HoneyJam?
I started it in 1995. I edited an all female issue of a Canadian entertainment magazine dedicated to women in hip hop and discussing misogyny in the music. We had a wrap party to celebrate the publication and called it Honey Jam. Everyone asked when is the next one? I was a full time legal assistant and was also running a mentoring programme for at risk Black youth at the time so I had no plans on doing anything like this but everyone was so enthusiastic and clearly there was a need so I told myself I would do it for a year and see how it went and here we are 21 years later. My roots are in Barbados so I brought it here 6 years ago.
10.What is your ultimate goal for this organization and what do you need to take it to the next level?
Sustainable funding, a group of professional, driven, reliable passionate partners to make up my team to execute our goals. To be selfsufficient through monetizing merchandising opportunities and larger events that can accommodate more door receipts
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