Women in Music and MMF presented the Music Mangers Panel:

Oct 20, 2014



On September 17, 2014, BMI once again hosted Women in Music (WIM), along with partner organization, Music Managers Forum (MMF), for a panel that addressed the role managers play in today’s music industry, including strategies, stories, challenges, highs and lows, and the economics that go into managing artists and projects.  Panelists included Jessica Herman Weitz, Dawn Barger, Barry Bergman, and Alan Wolmark. The evening was moderated by Yaya Rey.  The panelists shared their advice, experience, tactics and wisdom generously, with pragmatism and honesty. Attendees also had the opportunity to engage directly with panelists by asking questions about anything from dealing with artists’ creativity to handling branding opportunities/partnerships, finding the right manager, and more.   The evening proved to be a powerful joining of the unique WIM and MMF communities, enhancing both communities’ collective knowledge and inspiring people on both the creative and business sides of the industry.

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WIM’s Master Session on Composing for Musical Theatre/Broadway

Sep 29, 2014

Women In Music presented yet another educational and inspiration-packed panel on July 10, 2014, this time focusing on the unique art and craft as well as the unique issues and challenges facing women writing for musical theatre.  The amazing panelists included Amanda Green (Tony-Nominated composer: Hands on a Hard Body, Bring It On, High Fidelity); Sara Cooper (composer of Loving Leo, The Memory Show, Emergency Contraception, Tenth Floor); Katie Kahanovitz (Composer of Breaking Through and Stage Moms); and Debra Barsha (Composer of Cookin’, Radiant Baby (Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award/produced at The Public), and Sophie, plus associate conductor for Jersey Boys).
Moderated by WIM President Neeta Ragoowansi, these expert panelists discussed issues ranging from the classic question “What comes first, the music or the lyrics?”, to the business of getting a show off the ground, finding the right collaborators, collaborator and producer politics, the creative process, and their approach to gender politics.  Genuine, generous, funny, and incredibly informative, these panelists shared tips and insider information into the craft and business of writing for musical theatre and explained what sets composing music and lyrics in this genre apart from other genres.  Their real-life anecdotes and opinions gave guests a behind-the-curtain look at what writers face when shooting for the Great White Way and other theatres.
Special thanks to our panelists and everyone who attended!
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Women in Music’s Workshop on Mastering your Message

Jul 7, 2014

Thanks to everyone who attended our Women in Music workshop on “Mastering Your Message,” led by Lee Murphy Wolf and Becky Yee on June 19, 2014 at BMI’s offices in New York City.  Lee Murphy Wolf (the CEO and Founder of Step Out To Shine Business Coaching, a company dedicated to helping creatives, visionary thinkers and spirited solopreneurs build successful businesses and brands they love, that are aligned with their vision) and Becky Yee (an award winning photographer and the Principal at Around Digital Media (ADM), an agency that specializes in visual storytelling and helping artist produce their EPK), led an informative workshop helping attendees get to the heart of communicating about their music in an honest, heartfelt, and attention-grabbing way.

Workshop participants were coached to create elevator pitches that spoke from a place of authenticity and passion, and were encouraged to look deeply into their talents to find their unique abilities. Tips were shared on how to make a sustainable connection with an audience, as well as ideas on creating an eye-catching and compelling EPK through photography and media to help depict the artist as genuine and original.

Women in Music thanks our wonderful workshop leaders and the participants for making a worthwhile and meaningful event.

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