These organizations are taking action to expedite equality and empower women to step up, fight back and build a better future for all of us. The music business has a long way to go towards reaching full equality for all gender expressions, but these badass, women-led organizations are doing their part in changing the future of the music industry. Check them out, do your part, and get involved! ⚡️🚺
Women Led Music Organizations You Should Join Right Now
We Are Moving The Needle
We Are Moving The Needle is a nonprofit organization supporting all women recording industry professionals, audio engineers and producers, working to create measurable change by empowering women in the recording and professional audio industry with the education, equipment and the mentorship needed to succeed at the highest levels.
They provide resources and support for both those at the very start of their education as well as those currently in their recording and production careers battling the overwhelmingly male-dominated landscape of the industry.
Since 2012, Audiofemme has consistently sought to uplift the voices of female and non-binary music writers and to approach music and culture criticism from an intersectional feminist perspective.
Music Production for Women
Music Production for Women aims to give female musicians the skills necessary to take on the music industry with confidence and help and guide them through every step of the process through providing education, community support, visible role models and encouragement. In the last 2 and a half years MPW has delivered classes to thousands of students across numerous countries across the globe.
WOMEN SOUND OFF
WOMEN SOUND OFF is an Oakland-based intersectional platform founded and run by women. They’re a platform celebrating creative women from all industries and walks of life, focused on empowering, educating, and connecting women throughout their creative entrepreneur journeys. From music and media to tech and art, they work to create powerful and safe spaces for women to form alliances and have their voices heard.
Women in Music
Women in Music is an organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Their countless events celebrate the female contribution to the music industry and aims to strengthen the ties between the two for a better future for women in music. WIM believes all voices are welcome in the conversation about equality.
By joining WIM, you’ll get access to in-person networking and educational workshops all over the world, online networking groups, directories, newsletters, forums and more to help you directly interact with the WIM community. Additionally, WIM provides resources to thousands of women in need in various stages of their careers.
Change the Conversation
Founded by three successful music executives, Leslie Fram, Tracy Gershon and Beverly Keel, Change the Conversation fights gender inequality in the music industry by providing support, education and a community of like-minded female artists and executives all working towards the same goal of equality.
“Our mission is to raise awareness and create change so that more female voices will be heard in country music. Our goal is to have more women played on radio stations, digital streaming platforms, signed to record and publishing deals and offered high-profile opportunities, such as more slots on tours and festivals and performing on TV and awards shows.”
Established back in 2014, shesaid.so is a global network of women in the music industry. Made up of women from record labels, bookings, artist management, tech, creative and more, this organization curates and speaks on panels discussing the importance of the movement with hopes to inspire anyone who will listen. Additionally, shesaid.so challenges the industry’s outdated framework with their Alternative Power 100 Music List and works towards increasing the number of women who progress in their careers.
“shesaid.so started as and continues to be a space where members can openly ask for advice, share jobs and events, announce new projects and build community. There are currently over 3,000 international members in the global community and an additional 10,000 members across our 15 local chapters.”
Women of Substance
The Women of Substance Podcast features music by Female Indie Artists every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In addition to the podcast, their website provides amazing resources for musicians. From industry connections to industry contacts and websites to help you grow your fanbase and learn new skills, they’ve got it all.
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The Women’s International Music Network
Founded in 2012 by Laura B. Whitmore, The Women’s International Music Network brings together women from all facets of the music industry and produces events, creates opportunities for performance and networking and works to bring the conversation around diversity in the industry into the forefront. They work to create a hub to connect women in all facets of the music industry and works to expose role models, events and educational opportunities that focus on women in music.
She Knows Tech
She Knows Tech is an organization that aims to close the industry’s gender gap through highlighting and celebrating women in music tech. They channel waves of trained women into technical roles in the music industry and dispel the notion that there are not enough female professionals in music production and technology. They dream of working in a music industry that is flooded with female-identifying producers, engineers & tech performers, and so do we!
FutureFemaleSounds is all about empowering girls through sound and action. Their mission is to highlight female DJs, promote female role models, and introduce young women to DJ’ing as a medium of artistic expression, self empowerment and professionalization through DJ workshops, cultural management masterclasses, and preparing participants to work with sounds in the future.
SoundGirls is all about inspiring and empowering the next generation of women in the music industry. Working to inspire young women to enter the realm of professional audio and music production, this organization is all about providing a place for women in music to connect, network and share experiences and advice with others in the industry.
“SoundGirls.Org supports women working in professional audio and music production by highlighting their success and providing a place for them to connect, network, and share advice. SoundGirls.Org provides support, career development, and tools to help those working in the field advance in their career.”
“Digital Divas Nashville is a platform for uniting and advancing the best and brightest women in Nashville, who are experts in digital marketing and promotions, through a variety of networking opportunities and events.”
The Digital Divas of Nashville are comprised of women of outstanding talent who are taking over the digital space with immense passion and forward thinking lifestyles.
Keychange is a movement fighting for a sustainable music industry. They support talented but underrepresented artists and encourage organizations to take a pledge for gender equality. Selected by industry experts as future leaders, the new cohort of artists and music industry professionals will take part in Keychange’s year-long talent development program which provides women and gender minority participants with the skills and opportunities they need to progress to the next stage in their career.
FEMME HOUSE creates opportunities for women, gender-expansive, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ creatives in the technical and behind the scenes areas of music. They are developing the future producers, mixers, engineers, DJs, artists, and executives of the industry by providing education and scholarships, cultivating community, furthering visual representation, and leveraging our platform to amplify the voices of marginalized communities.
We’re in this together. Regardless of your gender, everyone should be concerned about the representation of women in this industry. Equal representation affects not only the women in this business, but the quality of the industry as a whole. Luckily, organizations like these are working hard to make a change. Make sure you’re doing your part to do the same!