It is true that many women working in the music field today still find many challenges in their professional lives related to their gender.
We’ve been taking many measures to guarantee better conditions for decades in so many different male-dominated areas. However, it is clear that the best and most efficient way to deal with our circumstances is to drop the victim card and start driving results.
As an Independent Musician, I believe we need to work together not only as women but also as feminists of all kinds to promote and empower one another.
Recently two very famous musicians, Kesha and Taylor Swift have gone through very upsetting situations related to sexual assault by men who worked with them. Just a few weeks ago Taylor Swift won the lawsuit against her violator after many years through the courts. On the side of Kesha, things are not yet resolved since her violator and her have a contract and are pretty much forced to work together.
These things are extreme cases that happened with big stars. But the fact is that the problem is everywhere. I’ve been studying Jazz Music at the City University of New York with mostly women classmates who also find the same issues in their careers related to their gender. I, fortunately, have very respectful and sweet band mates but this is not always the case with others. Some women I know were being disrespected by their male bandmates and some women are even attacked by other women. This obviously makes me really upset. I thought of many ways of bonding with them, listen to their frustrations, and find ways we could motivate each other towards success.
It was only in January 2017 that I discovered a life-changing network called WIM: Women in Music. It was founded in 1985 with the mission of “advancing the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition”. This organization supports women by promoting events such as seminars and master-classes in order to achieve this multi-beneficial alliance. Meaning you could get your next job with the help of our fellow members, make great connections, collaborate together, and most importantly, have a lot of fun doing it. WIM is composed of men and women regardless of their stage in their career or role in the music industry. Let’s say you’re a Publicist or Producer and want to look for someone to work with. That would hopefully be a good place to start your search for the right people.
I have enrolled myself as a member of WIM for a very small fee on their website and I’m already enjoying a lot of its benefits. Suddenly I started receiving emails from other musicians. I witnessed them having interactions among themselves and after watching them, I got extremely excited to be part of it. I can’t wait to collaborate with other artists and also support this community.
To read more about Women in Music please visit: http://www.womeninmusic.org/about
Here is a link to a great video of a roundtable including your favorite female musicians discussing the topic at the Women in Music event >
I’m inviting you to be a member too, independently of your location. I believe we can collaborate in order to achieve great things together in music. Also, I would like you to be part of the fun!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them to me. I love networking other artists!