Women’s Audio Mission Awarded Multiple California Arts Council Grants
State funds will support Bay Area nonprofit advancing women and girls in the recording arts
[San Francisco, CA – June 13, 2018] – The California Arts Council (CAC) announced its plans to award multiple grants to Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit that trains over 1,500 Bay Area women and girls a year in music production and the recording arts and empowers emerging women artists through recording residencies and performance opportunities.
The California Arts Council announced they awarded grants totaling $16,376,475 to nonprofit organizations and units of government across California earlier this week. WAM received 4 out of the 1,080 grants disbursed to advance California through arts and creativity. The council will support WAM through its Artists in Communities, Arts Education Extension, Professional Development and Local Impact programs.
Funds from the CAC will support three of WAM’s critical programs: WAM’s recording residency program, which provides free recording residencies and performance opportunities to underserved Bay Area women artists from immigrant communities; WAM’s Girls on the Mic (GOTM) program, a groundbreaking after-school program, which will provide over 1,500 underserved San Francisco Bay Area girls a year with free, hands-on music production and media arts training in a professional studio environment; and WAM’s Local Sirens: Women in Music Performance Series, a free, quarterly performance series featuring emerging Bay Area women artists, with an emphasis on artists from historically marginalized communities.
“The California Arts Council (CAC) has been a key supporter and partner of WAM since 2013,” said WAM Founder and Executive Director, Terri Winston. “We are so grateful to CAC for investing in our programs and enabling us to train over 1,500 women and girls a year in the recording arts and support women artists who are vastly underrepresented in the music industry.”