San Francisco, CA (May 3, 2012)—Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) has received an National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)Art Works grant supporting its “Girls on the Mic” music production mentoring project.
“Girls on the Mic” trains and mentors over 400 middle and high school girls a year in music production and the recording arts. The grant is one of 788 Art Works grants given by the NEA this year, totalling $24.81 million. Women’s Audio Mission was chosen from over 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding.
WAM’s Girls on the Mic project aims to cultivate the next generation of women music producers and recording engineers by providing girls, ages 8-18, with tuition-free music technology training in a professional studio environment. Youth have access to musical instruments, recording gear, and young women mentors while creating small-scale music and media projects that mirror professional activities. Each year, more than 400 girls are exposed to music technology and STEM-related career paths through WAM’s in-school events and after-school programs.
“We are so honored and thrilled to receive support from the NEA,” says Terri Winston, founder and executive director of WAM. “We’re a relatively small and young organization, so the NEA’s stamp of approval means a lot to us. It will really help us take our Girls on the Mic project to a new level.”
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