Women In Music’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Oct 12, 2015

Women in Music celebrated their 30th anniversary with a night to remember at The Standard East Village on October 6.  The penthouse terrace with glorious sunset views over downtown Manhattan hosted hundreds of music industry creatives and business people over the course of the evening.  Over drinks and small bites, current members mingled with legacy members (the amazing women who helped start Women in Music and kept it going in the early years), industry VIPs, and supporters. Photo boards showcased members past and present, and illustrated the history of connection, education, entertainment, and camaraderie that WIM offers.

The crowd was treated to three speeches, a welcome and congratulations from WIM President, Neeta Ragoowansi, an invigorating address from Advisory Board member Linda Lorence-Critelli, and an inspiring speech from superstar singer Gloria Gaynor, perhaps most well known for her smash hit “I Will Survive.”  All the speakers addressed the legacy and importance of women in the music industry, and the importance of supporting and energizing this community to continue to create, and work innovatively with each other as the industry continues to evolve.

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Women in Music’s “Innovative Women in New Music” Event at the Cutting Room

Apr 24, 2015

20150222_WIM_Innovators_In_Music-108As a part of our 30th anniversary celebration Women In Music teamed up with Composers Now Festival and Martha Mooke to put on an event which celebrated ‘Innovative Women in New Music’ at NYC’s The Cutting Room on February 22, 2015.

The event consisted of a panel discussion between artist Annie Gosfield, composer Missy Mazzoli, electro-acoustic violinist Martha Mooke, composer and multi-instrumentalist Angelica Negron & pianist Kathleen Supovè. They explored complex territory by asking each other questions such as, “What does it means to be ‘innovative’?” and, “Who were your earliest influences?” to which there were several common threads, the most prominent being keynote speaker Laurie Anderson.  The amazing and incomparable Laurie Anderson was honored at this WIM event and gave the audience an incredibly thought-provoking and inspiring keynote address, involving mentions as diverse as her experience as an artist in residency for NASA and her Concert for Dogs at the Sydney Opera House (for literally, thousands of actual dogs!).

Anderson is the definition and epitome of innovative. A self proclaimed multi-media artist she has experimented with everything from music, film, sculpture, performance art, new inventions...and from what she told as at the event, is now interested in pursuing stand up comedy. Martha Mooke, Composers Now’s Artistic Director Tania León and WIM President Neeta Ragoowansi presented Anderson with Certificate of Recognition and paid tribute to her.

The event ended with three short sets from performing artists Angelica Negron, who turned heads of cauliflower and broccoli into MIDI controllers, Martha Mooke, with a breathtaking and deeply explorative performance on electro-viola, and Kathleen Supovè who played pieces from both composers Missy Mazzoli and Annie Gosfield.

One of WIM’s best events to date, it was a spotlight; illuminating a group of extremely talented women in music, all of which truly embodied and celebrated what it means to be ‘Innovative’.

PIX/Channel 11 television reporter Joe Mauceri covered the event, what the report here:

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Mar 4, 2015

20150202_153451The first annual Caribbean Music Week, hosted by Sync Summit and the Barbados National Culture Foundation, took place February 1-3, 2015, in perfectly sunny, warm Barbados, combining the relaxed island atmosphere with high powered opportunities for learning and networking in the world of music sync licensing, artist management, and more. Women In Music’s Membership Co-Chair, Cassandra Kubinski, attended and reported back on the conference for this article.

Over 3 days, a plethora of panels, workshops and live music showcases brought together the likes of advertising executives, touring experts, managers, digital rights holders, publishers, artist managers, branding experts, and of course, artists from various genres, with a focus on the music emerging from Barbados and the Caribbean. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and network with executives from Coca-Cola, Grey, JWT, Ogilvy, Notting Hill Publishing, Canadian Music Week, BT Sport, Music Dealers, PiAS, and more. Leading executives such as Mathew Knowles (Beyoncé's father) were on hand to discuss their experiences in breaking and branding acts.

Expertly curated and moderated heavily by Sync Summit's Mark Frieser, the panels often turned into lively discussions between panelists and attendees. A multitude of questions were answered including how music is placed into ads, TV, films, and other media,ways to build a brand through sponsorships, touring, live shows,and the business perspective on how music and artists are chosen for opportunities. WIM member Fiona Bloom of The Bloom Effect served as a panelist as well!

The Hilton served as a beautiful backdrop for this memorable conference. Breathtaking beaches, the laid back attitude, and the nightly showcases from acts ranging from hip hop, pop, rock, reggae, and soca to simple acoustic singer songwriters made this conference truly unique. Standout acts included Nexcyx, Lil Rick, and many more breaking acts.

A full list of panelists and events can be found here: www.caribbeanmusicsummit.com

Sync Summit heads to London next, on April 9-10, 2015.
This will be another opportunity for music makers and business professionals to come together to share and discover music, make deals, and further the conversation for innovation in sync, branding, and breaking acts. Register at www.syncsummit.com


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