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Where are all the women producers? This organization wants to fix that.

Outside of Sylvia Massey and Kim Gordon (ex-Sonic Youth), I can’t name any female record producers. Why don’t more women get into this line of work?

An organization called Women’s Audio Mission wants to fix the gender imbalance in the studio. This is from an industry newsletter called Audio Media International.

WAM celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2018. The nonprofit organsation trains over 1,500 San Francisco Bay Area women and girls a year in music production and the recording arts in the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women, which has hosted projects by artists ranging from Alanis Morissette, to R.E.M., Radiohead and Timbaland.

Executive director Terri Winston founded WAM in 2003 while she was a professor at the City College of San Francisco (where she worked from 2001-2011.) AMI caught up with Winston after the inaugural WamCon Boston last year to find out more about what the organisation does and how it is working hard to achieve equality in the pro audio industry…

What is the Women’s Audio Mission and why was it launched?
WAM addresses two critical issues. Less than 5% of the people creating all the sounds you hear every day are women. That includes all of the sound you hear on television, radio, streaming sites, film, video games and the internet – all of the elements that make up the soundtrack to your daily life. There are far too few women at the table where content, media, and messages are being created.

Keep reading. This is important.

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