Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) moves its annual conference online in response to the pandemic. The San Francisco-based nonprofit — which is dedicated to the advancement of women and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals in music production and the recording arts — will hold WAMCon Virtual from July 24-25, 2020.
The focus of the conference is on “music-making” and sharing knowledge from experts while answering attendee’s questions live. All panels, workshops and live demos will be from a safe environment and shared through an accessible format that will kick off on Friday, July 24 with iconic women recording engineers that shaped the sound of the one and only Prince.
“Engineering Prince,” features Lisa Chamblee (Prince, Stevie Wonder), Sylvia Massy (Prince, Tool, Johnny Cash), Peggy McCreary (Prince, Booker T. Jones, Van Halen) and Susan Rogers (Prince, David Byrne). Friday’s keynote will be followed by a full day of workshops with special guests including mix engineer Marcella Araica (M.I.A., Madonna) and front-of-house engineer Amanda Davis who tours with Janelle Monáe, Chloe x Halle and Tegan and Sara.
“Each year we look forward to connecting to women and GNC individuals across the country through our WAMCon conferences,” said WAM Executive Director Terri Winston. “Given the challenges of the current environment, we worked hard to ensure we were able to deliver the same stellar, immersive training experiences with this year’s online event. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate and learn from the hands-down best music industry professionals in the business to inspire the next generation of music producers and audio professionals.”
WAM trains more than 2,000 women, girls and GNC individuals a year in music production and the recording arts to address the critical lack of women in the audio industry (less than 5%). WAM’s immersive experiences and transformative online programs have spread internationally, providing women with access to top leaders in the recording industry and an award-winning curriculum. Since 2017, WAM has hosted six sold-out WAMCon conferences in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Boston, reaching 800+ emerging women producers, engineers and musicians.
WAMCon Virtual is sponsored by Dolby, Sweetwater, The Recording Academy, sE Electronics, Stage Ten and Shure.
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