San Francisco, CA (August 8, 2017)—Women's Audio Mission (WAM) opened an additional training location in Oakland, CA last month, supplementing the original WAM studio in San Francisco, where more than 1,500 women and girls per year are trained in music and media production. WAM expects the new Oakland facility to reach 3,000 underserved girls by 2020.
"WAM is thrilled to establish this anchor in the Fruitvale District, where we have been partnering with underserved Oakland schools for over five years now," said WAM founder and executive director Terri Winston, already preparing for fall training programs, which start in September. "With so many partner schools within walking distance, we can now easily reach the schools and girls that need our programs the most."
Audient has donated 10 of its iD4 USB audio interfaces to the new space; an Audient ASP8024 mixing console already sits at the heart of the original facility. When the British desk arrived at the studio two years ago, Winston commented, "I had used various DDA consoles so I was familiar with David Dearden's console designs and was already a fan."
Fast-forward to today, and the success of the training programs has generated enormous interest outside of San Francisco, particularly in Oakland. When putting together the spec for the new training center, Winston was looking for audio interfaces with iOS compatibility for both iMacs and iPads; the iD4s were supplied by Audient's exclusive US distribution partner, Momentum Audio Sales.
WAM is a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in creative technology, providing free after-school training and mentoring to thousands of women and girls each year. It is also the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women.