Los Angeles, CA (June 19, 2018)—Women’s Audio Mission has long been an advocate of raising the presence of women in the pro audio world, through educational efforts, classes, panels at industry conventions and more. The organization took its next step with that effort on June 9, when it held WAM @ Capitol, its first recording arts conference for women at the Capitol Studios.
The event, sponsored by Capitol Music Group, The Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing, and Cloudinary, sold out, bringing together more than 100 aspiring women engineers and music producers for a day of panels and workshops.
Panelists and presenters included mix engineer Marcella "Ms. Lago" Araica (Pink, Madonna, Jay-Z); senior vice president of Business and Legal Affairs of Universal Music Group Jennifer Baltimore; drummer Michel’Le Baptiste (Fifth Harmony and Beyoncé); singer, songwriter Blush (Meghan Trainor, Disney); front of house Engineer Amanda Davis (Janelle Monáe, Tegan and Sara); singer-songwriter Jane Handcock (Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland); chief operating officer of Capitol Music Group Michelle Jubelirer; VP of Capitol Studios Paula Salvatore; and music producer and beatmaker TRAKGIRL (Jhene Aiko, Luke James).
The conference included in-depth sessions on subjects ranging from mixing, tracking, live sound, songwriting and beat production to the music business. The event marked the first time that WAM presented training in Los Angeles; the San Francisco-based non-profit provides hands-on training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls in media technology for music, radio, film, television and the Internet.
A networking reception ended the day with a visit by surprise guest, Al Schmitt, the acclaimed engineer and producer with 160 Gold and Platinum album credits to his name.
Attendees seemed pleased with the event; Ainjel Emme, Producer/Recording Engineer, who attended the conference, noted afterwards, “Thank you, Terri, and everyone at Women’s Audio Mission for putting this event together. It was a magical and moving experience that will ripple through the work of every woman who was present.”
Women’s Audio Mission • www.womensaudiomission.org