WILM Newsletter Number SEVENTEEN



# 17

Welcome to the 17th Newsletter!

It’s 2022! And this month marks two years since the pandemic came and forced many of us out of our work and away from our colleagues that we love so dearly. A great deal of us are still dealing with restrictions and limits put on our work and lives, so we must keep positive and hope that we are out of this soon.
If you took on a new role during the pandemic we would like to hear the stories of what you were replacing your regular crew-job with. Please share any photos/words with us by emailing us at [email protected]
The stories will be shared on March 8th at the Rose Shure Centre in London, where we are hosting an event in association with Shure UK on International Women’s Day!Here’s a recap of WILM activities since you last heard from us:

We are as always super grateful to our members for sharing their news on our Facebook Group
💌 Postcard from ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ (Feb 2022)
Cora writes: “Believe it or not, we are currently on tour through Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Being a seated event in half capacity venues and with daily rapid testing, weekly PCRs and FFP2 masks all day long… Here’s our hello to everyone out there! Sooner or later we’ll all hit the road again. Looking forward to meeting more women on tour!”
(Pictured: Claudie Reinhard – Assistant Stage Manager , Kristina Perner – Stage Manager / Caller, Hania Radecka – Sound / Intercom, Cora Schönherr – Carpenter, Anke Lenz – Company Manager)

December – WILMAwards 2021 Virtual Ceremony


Our live stream from the studio in London, UK and Karlshamn, Sweden


Behind the camera, far out in the woods of Karlshamn, Sweden

Last December WILM turned 4! Due to the on-going travel restrictions across much of Europe, we celebrated online again with a Virtual Christmas Party and Awards Ceremony where we revealed the winners of the WILMAwards 2021!
We took the occasion to highlight some of the talented and dedicated few women out there in the venues and on the road, and of course we had the Bullsh*t Bingo, where two of our members scooped up some excellent prizes kindly donated by
Shure UK and Flightcases DK.

Congrats to Tour Manager, Kristin Rastedt from Germany, on winning 1st prize in the Bullsh** Bingo!

After the Bingo and greeting our members from around Europe, we revealed the winners of the 2021 awards. This year we had a whopping 33 categories, all the way from Production Coordinator to Pyro Technician. A big congratulations to all of the winners!
(Psst. If you didn’t get the chance to watch the stream in December, we are happy to let you know that you can still watch it

As promised we are indeed hosting a real ceremony to celebrate at the Rose Shure Centre on 9th March in London, UK, so please bring yourselves and a guest and celebrate with us!

We will be welcoming everyone at 18.00, then at 19.00 a tasty Lebanese buffet will be served. Great vinyl’s will be spinning all night, and in between we will entertain you with the traditional Bullsh** Bingo and Crew Quiz before we go on to pay a tribute to the WILMA’s 2021 🙌
There will be plenty of time to catch up & meet new people from the industry!
Thank you so much to Shure for once again sponsoring the WILMAwards, and hosting the ceremony at their beautiful new location in central London 🙏
A big thank you as well to Flightcases.dk for the amazing WILMA trophies that we will be handing out to our winners on the night!
You can register for free for the party here:
And please let everyone know you are going by RSPV’ing in our Facebook Event 🎉
And here they are, the WILMAward Winners 2021!

The legendary WILMA trophies kindly sponsored from FlightCases.dk

WILM Radio Show:

In our latest radio show, WILM Founders – Malle Kaas and Hannah Brodrick talk about the reason behind the WILMAwards. You can listen to this one plus all the episodes here.

January – Stockholm Meet Up


WILM members (and baby Jerry) met up for a beautiful walk and cosy meal in Stockholm.

Lyliss writes: “
This was a wonderful moment, thank you for welcoming me so warmly and for all your great advice. For the last 2 years, WILM really helped me change my life for the better and turn my dreams into reality. It was so fantastic to finally meet in person, thank you! Looking forward to the next meet-up!”

January – WILM Ski Trip to Romme, Sweden

Mid-January we started a new yearly tradition: The WILM skiing trip! Smoothly organised by WILM member and Sound Engineer, Jo Gustavsson, who would start us off every morning with a yoga session. We would then go skiing – experienced and not-so-experienced alike, as much as we could on the 33 slopes in the beautiful surroundings of Romme Alpin Resort. No injuries at all! Which we believe was due to the vegan diet, yoga before and after skiing, as well as the good company.
The evenings were nicely rounded off by a trip to the big sauna and then the bar.
We also had an unexpected but nice surprise in form of an invitation from Stage Manager, Tourmanager, Event Planner and so much more, Mia Mästerbo to visit the beautiful studio, Valley Sound Studio – as well as her office in Borlänge, where Mia gave us some insights on the rich music life in Dalarna.
Thank you so much Mia 🙏 We will be back – and we will definitely be back skiing again next year!

WILM members from Sweden, Denmark & France – experienced & not so experienced all together


Yoga in the morning, and bar in the evening


The incredible beautiful studio in Borlänge, where we hope to be back for workshop one day

January – Eurosonic Netherlands

Once again we were fortunate enough to participate in the Eurosonic program with a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Diversity In The Backstage’.
WILM was invited alongside other inspiring people dedicated to diversity within the music industry, as well as HR experts from outside, to see what we could learn from other areas of business. Again it was mentioned that female role models and an early introduction to the industry has a very positive effect on increasing diversity within the workforce. However, as initiatives and communities working for more diversity, it is important that we make ourselves more visible to the rest of the industry as well as the audience.
WILM also made an appearance at the

‘How To Build A Family Friendly Music Industry’ where many good suggestions came up, such as 24-7 daycare, better facilities for touring parents with small children at festivals and venues etc. It was also discussed that higher authorities like governments should secure a foundation that would allow touring artists/crews to bring their children with them on tour.

Thank you to Eurosonic for having us, and to everyone who participated. We really had a great time with lots of insightful discussions.

Upcoming Events:

‘Celebrating Women In Audio’

Workshop, London – March 8th
Next week we will be teaming up with Shure and Allen & Heath to celebrate Women In Audio, with an amazing audio-focused workshop for both beginners and those with more experience.
We will go through various wireless audio topics, as well as analog vs digital when it comes to RF and we will also be looking at how to integrate some of the Shure products with Allen & Heath and Dante.
This is an all-day workshop free of charge for WILM members (non-members pay £10).
Please note that you can only register for the workshop via this Eventbrite Link.
To become a WILM member please visit our Website.
After the workshop we will host a panel discussion in the evening with some brilliant guests covering the topic ‘How to make the music industry more family-friendly’, followed by a champagne buffet.
All attendees from the workshop are more than welcome to stay for this, but please let us know if you wish to attend both events.
You can find more info about this event on Facebook here.

WILMAwards Ceremony, London – March 9th

Yes – It is finally happening! The official WILMAwards Ceremony at the Rose Shure Centre in London!
We will be hosting our usual Bullsh*t Bingo & the Crew Quiz before saluting the receivers of the WILMA’s 2021.
A Lebanese buffet will be served at 19.00 and French vinyl’s will be spinning all night.
There will be plenty of time to catch up & meet new people from the industry!
For more info please visit our
Facebook Event, and don’t forget to reserve a ticket here.

ISE, Barcelona – May 10th-13th

This year WILM will be represented at ISE with a special lounge in Hall 7! Throughout the week we will be heading up different activities:
May 10thPanel Discussion: Where are the women in Sales and R&D?
May 10thNetwork Session: Meet the women in the Live Event Industry
May 11thAVIXA panel with the participation of WILM
May 12thDiversity Reception at the Shure booth
Please come by, whether you are a tech person or not! And if you wish to come and help us out at the lounge, please let us know.
Also if you are representing an organisation that works for more diversity and equality and would like a table at the lounge we would also like very much to hear from you.
ISE is the leading tech trade show in Europe with more than 700 exhibitors in sound, light and video. ISE is a great place to meet up with people from the live event industry, and get familiar with most of the technology available on the market. Or simply to network at the many sessions and presentations during the conference.

Check out & RSVP in our Facebook event
Please email us for a discount code for hotel and flights (10% on Vueling) as well as for free registration: [email protected]
WILM supports this campaign from Backstage Pass in the Netherlands they are laughing for Women’s International Day, March 8th – please help share
Representation and visibility are an important step towards diversity and inclusion. Today we invite artists to introduce the women in their (stage)crew on their socials for International Women’s day on March 8. After all, ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’! 
· It can be a photo or a video, you can be in it yourself or only feature your crew, and please use hashtags #spotlightonher and #IWD22 and #BreaktheBias. Please tag all collab partners (social links at bottom of email)
· You can include her job title and add a quote, for example to explain what she does in her words, or an anecdote from your experience working together.
· You can use the campaign frame (download here) or post with your own design (or without any design / artwork).
· All crew are welcome but the focus of this campaign is on workers in technical / stage / touring roles, as that is where the imbalance is the most significant.
· Please make sure women have given consent to have their image shared and photographers are credited.
Looking to diversify your crew? Check website www.diversityontour.com for tips and resources, or check out crew databases such as: WILM Crewlist, EQL directory by Soundgirls, SITM Database, Black Tour Directory and Never Famous.
This campaign is an initiative by Backstage Pass, in collaboration with Women in Live Music, Code DI, Soundgirls, She is the Music, Diversify the Stage, TPG & Music Forward.
Socials to tag:

That’s all for now!

Stay safe, and stay tuned and we hope we will see you very soon.

The WILM Team
(Malle, Hannah, Aiste, Tejka, Jo, Anna, Signe & Erin)
Psst…did you know that Women In Live Music is on LinkedIn? As well as Instagram!
We would love to see you there too, so we know you won’t miss out on any of WILM’s news, events etc. Great stuff is coming up soon 💃🕺
If you have any inquiries, please email [email protected]

Women In Live Music is a non profit organisation and we highly appreciate any donations in order for us to continue our work for minorities backstage. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to make a donation.