(San Francisco, CA – March 15, 2019) – Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts will present their first immersive recording arts conference for women in Nashville, Tennessee, WAMCon Nashville. Hosted by The Tracking Room and Belmont University’s Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios on April 27-28, WAMCon is sponsored by Spotify, Eventide, Epidemic Sound, and Shure, and presented in partnership with Change the Conversation, an organization that fights gender inequality in the music industry by providing support, education, and community for women artists and executives.
WAM trains over 2,000 women and girls a year in the recording arts to address the critical lack of women in the audio industry (less than 5%). Over the past year, WAM’s transformative programs have been spreading nationally – the organization hosted three successful, sold-out recording arts conferences in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios, New York at Jungle City Studios and YouTube Space NY, and Boston at iZotope/PRX Podcast Garage, which served over 500 women.
Now, WAM will bring their award-winning training and programs to the country music capital of Nashville. WAMCon Nashville will take place at The Tracking Room, Nashville’s largest recording studio, as well as the historic Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios. The conference will include a kickoff reception and panel discussion featuring top music industry professionals on Saturday, April 27 and a full day of interactive workshops covering topics from studio recording and mixing techniques to songwriting on Sunday, April 28. Workshop leaders include award-winning women producers and engineers like Linda Perry (P!nk, Adele, Alicia Keys), Emily Lazar (David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Beck), Shani Gandhi (Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jewel), Simone Torres (Cardi B, Sia, Dua Lipa, Usher, Sean Garrett), Gena Johnson (Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves), Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright Roche), Jennifer DeCilveo (Andra Day, Beth Ditto) and Rachael Moore (Sound Emporium).
“WAM is beyond excited to bring our in-demand programs to Nashville’s iconic Ocean Way Studios and the Tracking Room in partnership with Change the Conversation,” says Executive Director Terri Winston. “We are proud to showcase the country’s most talented audio engineers and music professionals, many of whom are local to Nashville, and all of whom are supporting the next generation of women’s success in this industry.”
“I was blown away to hear from such accomplished women in the industry, from COOs to songwriters, about their inspiration and how to maintain longevity and success in this career path,” said musician and UX Designer Sadia Harper, who attended WAM’s last conference in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios. “I am taking away amazing new insights into the mixing process and beatmaking, as well as incredible contacts for collaboration and mentorship.”