San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
In an industry where women make up less than 5% of the workforce (source: Audio Engineering Society), Women’s Audio Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts, is changing the face of sound. This year, Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) celebrates its 10-year anniversary, marking a decade of preparing women and girls for careers in professional audio.
The San Francisco-based nonprofit has reached over 4,500 women and girls who otherwise may 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 their 10th anniversary, or WAMiversary, throughout 2013 with a robust lineup of member activities, sessions at WAM’s recording studio (named "Best of the Bay" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian) 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,” says
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 ADVANCES WOMEN IN PRO AUDIO:
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About Women’s Audio Mission:
Women's Audio Mission is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts. In a field where women are critically under-represented (less than 5%), WAM seeks to "change the face of sound" by providing hands-on training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls in media technology for music, radio, film, television and the Internet. WAM believes that women's mastery of music technology and inclusion in the production process will expand the vision and voice of media and popular culture. For more information, visit http://www.womensaudiomission.org.