From left: WAM’s Kelly Coyne, engineer Leslie Ann Jones, and WAM’s founder/executive director Terri Winston
Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts, will represent women and girls at the 139th Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York from October 29 through November 1, 2015.
Women’s Audio Mission has been providing a place for women in the industry to network and receive training and mentoring at the AES Convention since 2005. AES donates a booth to Women’s Audio Mission each year, supporting WAM’s mission to increase gender diversity both at the convention and within the professional audio industry.
In early August 2015 WAM launched a crowd funding campaign to raise funds for travel and accommodations to the convention. The organization reports that it has exceeded its $5,000 goal. WAM is especially grateful to its industry supporters, including iZotope, THAT Corporation, Mojave Audio, BAE, Empirical Labs, Kush Audio and Ghostly.
“The traffic that WAM’s booth receives at AES every year is remarkable,” says WAM Founder and Executive Director Terri Winston. “We are so grateful to AES and everyone who supports our Indiegogo campaign to get us to New York this year. Not only do we mobilize the largest number of women in audio but we also harness the support of an amazing array of audio manufacturers and our male allies. I want women to be able to experience that support first-hand. It’s incredibly powerful.”
WAM will attend AES for the first time since moving into its new recording studio in San Francisco, the historic SF Soundworks Studio, home to many high-profile recording projects with artists such as Alanis Morissette, R.E.M., Timbaland and Radiohead. The studio is triple the size of WAM’s former facility and allows WAM to train more than 1,200 women and girls in audio technology and the recording arts.
AES is also a vital opportunity for WAM to connect with industry supporters whose donations outfit the new studio and allow students to gain experience on the most state-of-the-art gear. Industry supporters include Dolby Labs, Audient, Avid, Meyer Sound, Blue Microphones, Manley, Mackie, Great River, Pendulum, Heil, Avedis, AKG, AEA, iZotope, Sweetwater, Barefoot Sound, Universal Audio, Shure, Mojave, A Designs, BAE, Line 6, Lavry, Direct Sound, Belden, Sound Toys, sE and Ableton.
WAM states that the organization still needs help in getting more women to attend the AES convention. People who are interested in helping “change the face of sound” can make a donation to WAM’s Indiegogo campaign.
For more information about WAM, visit www.womensaudiomission.org.