Top 5 Organizations for Womxn in the Music Industry 

No. 1 SoundGirls

SoundGirls is an organization that supports women and non-binary people who work in  professional audio. Whether it be live sound, studio recording, or specific sound design the SoundGirls community is there with support. On the SoundGirls facebook group you can find advice, support, a weekly Zoom hangout, as well as articles to keep you up to date on what is happening in the industry. This is one of my favorite organizations for both networking, technical advice, and even the occasional job opportunity. If you have an oddly specific console or tech question, odds are you can find the answer here. 

SoundGirls also provides their members with the ability to participate in exclusive events, tours, seminars, and workshops. Also, membership is free!

From the SoundGirls Website:

SoundGirls exists to provide a support network for women and non-binary people working in the professional audio industry and to assist those with a drive to be successful in audio. 

Women make up only 5% of the professional workforce in audio and music production. This profession thrives on word of mouth and networking. SoundGirls gives women working in the industry an opportunity to meet and network with other industry professionals, creating a strong support network.”

You can learn more here: https://soundgirls.org/about-us/soundgirls-org-f-a-q-s/ 

No. 2 Moving the Needle

Moving the Needle is a non-profit organization that supports women in the music industry. Their goal is to create measurable change in the industry by helping women through resources and support. Moving the Needle supports women both at the start of their education and those currently pursuing their recording and production careers.

As a non-profit, Moving the Needle provides scholarships, educational programs, donated recording equipment (software and hardware), support from mentors, and dedicated internships and entry-level positions (reserved for award recipients and applicants).

Moving the Needle is one of the most active and ambitious organizations I have seen in a while. Their board members, mentors, and industry professionals are unparalleled. This is truly a powerhouse organization that has the power to singlehandedly change the future of the music industry.

 From the Moving The Needle website:

““The organization provides resources and support both to 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.

The data provided by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study on “Inclusion in the Recording Studio,” released on March 8th, 2021, found that only 2 % of the producers and audio engineers were women, inspired GRAMMY-winning and 8x nominated mastering engineer Emily Lazar, to create We Are Moving The Needle to specifically address the deficit. Although the Annenberg study accumulated its findings based off of a male/female gender binary, We Are Moving The Needle is designed to be forward-facing with inclusion in mind and invites all people to participate.”

Learn more here: https://www.wearemovingtheneedle.org/about 

 

No. 3 She is the Music

 

She Is The Music is an organization with its own database of industry professionals. She Is The Music also offers scholarships, mentorships, and various camps/opportunities for its members. It is a more global organization focused on inclusivity and providing resources and opportunities for women in music.

From the She Is The Music Website:
“SITM is a non-profit organization increasing the number of women working in music – songwriters, engineers, producers, artists, and industry professionals.
We are an independent, global network that operates as a unifying organization for women from across the industry, creating strength and impact on a worldwide scale. As an umbrella non-profit, we also provide resources and support for women-focused initiatives that are working to create meaningful change – both through our own programs, as well as external efforts around the world.

Programs include an all-women songwriting series, industry database of women creators, and mentorship program, with more to come. Our initiatives serve women in the industry today while fostering the development of future generations.

A first-of-its-kind collaboration spanning the music industry, SITM is powered by creators, publishers, record labels, talent agencies, industry groups, media companies, streaming services, and more.
Together, we are creating change for women and building an equal future for music.”

 

You can learn more here: https://sheisthemusic.org/mission/ 

 

No. 4 Girls Behind the Rock Show (GTBRS)

 

GTBRS is an organization (and one of my favorite Facebook groups) for music industry professionals. GTBRS is an excellent resource for artists and those changing careers or newly entering the music industry as an organization. GTBRS often provides internships and shadowing experiences through its network of members. There are also many companies that hire GTBRS members and recruit specifically with this organization. This is a great group to interact with if you are looking to understand more of the marketing and business sides of the music industry. It also can be an excellent resource for indie artists to network and educate themselves on different areas of the music industry.

From the She Is The Music Website:
“SITM is a non-profit organization increasing the number of women working in music – songwriters, engineers, producers, artists, and industry professionals.
We are an independent, global network that operates as a unifying organization for women from across the industry, creating strength and impact on a worldwide scale. As an umbrella non-profit, we also provide resources and support for women-focused initiatives that are working to create meaningful change – both through our own programs, as well as external efforts around the world.

Programs include an all-women songwriting series, industry database of women creators, and mentorship program, with more to come. 

Our initiatives serve women in the industry today while fostering the development of future generations.

A first-of-its-kind collaboration spanning the music industry, SITM is powered by creators, publishers, record labels, talent agencies, industry groups, media companies, streaming services, and more.
Together, we are creating change for women and building an equal future for music.”

 

You can learn more here: https://sheisthemusic.org/mission/ 

 

No. 5 Omni Sound Project

 

Last but not least, the Omni Sound Project is one of the best organizations out there for women looking to quickly and affordably educate themselves in the world of audio. Omni has a great and diverse community, as well as a variety of classes, workshops, seminars, and even Discord channels for members. With opportunities for members to learn from one another and industry professionals alike Omni Sound is one of my favorite organizations. Also, membership is free. There are several free member events throughout the year, but apart from that, most classes/workshops cost $25 or less (sometimes even as low as $5-10).

Lisa Machac (the founder and director of the Omni Sound Project)  hosts a Wednesday night chat with members every week on Instagram live. Be sure to check it out if you are looking to get a small taste of this great  community.

From the Omni Sound website:

“Omni Sound Project exists to help you learn the skills you need to create, record, and produce music and sound. We know you need to start learning in an encouraging, welcoming atmosphere, and our classes, tours, and private lessons create a safe space for everyone to explore freely. Learn more about our mission and team here.

We hold four types of educational events: one hour Intro Classes, four week Intensives, three hour workshops, and private lessons. In addition, we host several free member events, including studio tours, interviews, and the popular Four Track Challenge. Membership is free and open to anyone who identifies as female, trans, or gender non-conforming. To become a member, click here.”  

Learn more here: https://www.omnisoundproject.com/who-we-are.html 

 

 

Other Great Resources

Here are some additional organizations and communities to check out for even more resources!

Women’s Audio Mission

Be A Highway Woman

GearFanatix

Female Music Producers