San Francisco, CA (May 2, 2013)—Women’s Audio Mission, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year.
The organization has reached over 4,500 women and girls who otherwise might not have access to high-quality training for a job in the recording industry. Through in-person classes, online training materials, a nationally recognized youth program and, perhaps most importantly, a recording studio run entirely by women, WAM is steadily making gains towards closing the gender gap.
WAM will commemorate its 10th anniversary, or it refers to it, its WAMiversary, throughout 2013 with a lineup of member activities, sessions at WAM’s recording studio and a celebration this fall.
Led by veteran recording engineer, musician and founder Terri Winston, Women’s Audio Mission began at City College of San Francisco where, as Director of the college’s Recording Arts program, Winston increased women’s enrollment from 12% to 43% – the highest percentage of any recording arts institution in the United States. Recognizing a need that surpassed the classroom, in 2003, Winston started WAM to increase women’s participation in pro audio by building up their credits and discographies and to introduce music technology to girls who traditionally do not have access to such a curriculum at a young age.
“It is critical in our media-driven culture to prepare more women for audio technology careers,” said Terri Winston, founder of WAM. “This involvement in production amplifies women’s voices in our media-centric world. Until our society stops focusing on gender in the workplace and in regards to technology, WAM will keep working to level the playing field.”
Women’s Audio Mission