We believe in women in live music.
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Lets stay tuned, connected
and bold.

WHO ARE WE?

Women in Live Music [WILM] is a European platform and
online community for women working in live music; this
includes various ‘behind the scene’ roles: Sound Engineers,
Tour Managers, Lighting Designers, Riggers, Backliners,
Stage Managers, Stagehands and more.

WHY

To this day, women only make up a minor percentage of the
working force in the music industry. This primarily motivated
the creation of WILM. However no change can be effective
without support from everyone; so we welcome every gender
to join us in our effort to ensure a balanced diversity for the future.

HOW

This website, in addition to our pages on social media,
constitute a starting point in connecting our members.
We interact on social media on a daily basis, where everyone,
regardless of gender is invited to share experiences, pictures,
and tips with other members.
The community then goes beyond, into organising workshops
and meet-ups throughout Europe.
During these events, members can interact, learn and forge
long-lasting friendships with like-minded individuals.
These events aspire to create a supportive and
inspiring community.

CREWLIST

This list is a tool for bands, booking agencies, and companies
looking for female crewmembers – whether they are looking for
backliners in France or merch sellers in Germany, this tool
aims at facilitating accessibility to qualified women working in
the field.
In addition, the Crewlist can also be used for networking and
reaching out to members from other regions, for the simple sake
of meeting, or to ask for guidance while on tour in their
region.
We encourage all women working in the live music industry
to join our crewlist!

Thank you

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WILM Team

The women behind Women In Live Music:

Name:Malle Kaas
Country:Denmark
Role in WILM:CEO
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    Experience:

    • Working for some of the biggest rental companies in Denmark, USA and Germany 1995 -2001 as a stage technician and system technician.
    • Worked in the same periods on installations at e.g. The Danish National Film school
    • After a long break returned to Live music in 2014, started mixing for different bands, venues and rental companies
    • Have organised several workshops with manufactures like Shure, d&b Audio and DPA microphones since 2014
    • Teaches live sound workshops
    • Generally autodidact, but has complete miscellaneous training within sound engineering. E.g 3 months training at Britannia Row in London, UK

    Other qualifications and useful information:

      • Founder of the european diversion of Soundgirls.org in 2014, and formerly head of Soundgirls’s Live Sound Event Group until November 2017
      • Certified Nurse Anesthetist with a profession Bachelor and Master of science in nursing
      • Teaching and presenting
      • Production manager, Stage manager

    Contact information:
    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/mallekaas/

    Mail: info@womeninlivemusic.eu

     

Name:Hannah Brodrick
Country:UK
Role in WILM:Co-Director
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    Experience:

    • University of Hertfordshire Sep ‘08 – Jul ‘11 Achieved 2.1 in BSc Music Technology & Sound Design, including a 1st for Major Project Dissertation.
      Modules including: Music Business, Audio Electronics, Events Management, Production, Theory and Acoustics.
      • Master thesis subject: Foley Sample Library
    • Britannia Row Productions Training Jan – March ‘14. Full-time course with Britannia Row in London, studying Advanced Live Sound Technology. 
    • Live Sound Engineer 2011 – Present. FOH/Monitor Engineer, Tour Manager & RF tech for touring artists and venues. Has experience mixing in all varieties of venues; from 150 capacitors clubs to arena shows, splitter tours to full production bus tours.
      Hannah has also worked with Live TV & Radio, assisting artists at The Brit Awards, Rugby World Cup, Sky Sports and Music Cube.
      She specialises in RF (radio technology).

    Other qualifications and useful information:

      • Computer and social media literate.
      • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
      • Established presence within the UK live music scene. Moderator for a key touring forum.
      • Some experience teaching and presenting.

    Contact informations:

    Mail: info@womeninlivemusic.eu

Name:Kaylee Wesley Pearson
Country:Denmark
Role in WILM:Project Manager
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    Experience in live music and music business in general:

    • Started in 2010 working for various festivals and events as backstage manager, security and various other roles.
    • Started tourmanaging in 2011 – debuting with a two-week tour in Hong Kong.
    • Started as Band Merchandise Manager in 2012 at Roskilde Festival and has sold a lot of merch since then for artists such as Metallica, LCD Soundsystem and The Kills.
    • Since 2014 I’ve been working fulltime with some of the biggest artists in Denmark as a production manager and tourmanager.
    • In 2015 I opened Happy Duck – a management and booking company based in Copenhagen.
    • Basically I do everything from tourmanagement, backlining, production, booking to merch.

    Other qualifications and useful information:

    • I have a masters degree in Information Technology specializing in experience design at Aalborg University.

    Contact information:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaylee-wesley-pearson/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaylee.w.pearson/

    Mail: info@womeninlivemusic.eu

Name:Sana Romanos
Country:Lebanon
Role in WILM:Communication Manager
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    Experience in live music and music business in general (e.g. education, courses, jobs):

    • Bachelor in Physics from the American University of Beirut (2012) and master in Audio Engineering from Universite Blaise-Pascal, France (2014)
      • Master thesis subject: Binaural Sound
    • 2014-2017: sound tech, MON and FOH engineer, team manager and project manager at one of the biggest rental companies in the Middle east
    • 2017- present: freelance live sound engineer and project manager for various events and major festivals in Lebanon and the middle-eastern region as a whole
    • July 2018: MON engineer at Roskilde Festival, Denmark

    Other qualifications and useful information :

      • Fluent in Arabic, French and English
      • Project Management
      • Minor in Creative Writing from the American University of Beirut; can help out in editing and writing various articles and descriptions
      • Good communication skills
      • Teaching and presenting

    Contact information:

    Mail: Info@womeninlivemusic.eu

Name:Aistė Baltraitytė
Country:Lithuania
Role in WILM:Team Coordinator
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    Experience in live music and music business in general:

    • Bachelor in Music Technologies at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania (2009 – 2013)
    • Worked as sound operator in Lithuania National Drama Theater (2014 – 2017)
    • At the moment working in the Lithuanian National Radio and Television ( 2018 – …)
    • Freelance stage technician (2013 – …)

    Other qualifications and useful information:

      • Organizational skills
      • Translator

    Contact information:

    Mail: info@womeninlivemusic.eu

     

WANTED

As we are a new organisation, we are currently looking to recruit new female representatives.

Please contact us if you wish to become a local or group representative.

Right now we are looking for all groups, but especially for female backliners and riggers. It is important for us to emphasize that this community is for all, but with a main focus to increase gender diversity within live music productions.

Even though we are looking for female representatives. We believe this is only possible when we work together, women and men as one.

SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

What is the Safe Learning Environment program

We have over the years noticed a significant importance for women to have access
to a community of like-minded women, when working in an industry like the music
industry, where you will find a preponderance of men .
It is as well as of a great importance to have women as role models. Having these
options shows more comfort and security among the women in execution of their
work. However, it also shows a new tendency to stay longer in the industry with
these kinds of indorsement.
Therefore WILM wish to assist with a more secure start in the music industry through
a program, where women will have possibilities to gain experiences and training from
other more experienced women in the field.

Simultaneously the women will be introduced to a greater supporting community of
colleagues from all over Europe through the activities of WILM.

The vision of this project is to break an exciting pattern with the support of a safe
learning framework, showing especially young girls that a traditionally manly
occupation such as e.g sound engineering can be natural for them to work in.
The mentioned learning frameworks are achieved by having women employed to
teach, and in general present the participants to different female role models in the
field of concert productions.

Why is there a need for this kind of program.

  • Young girls often do not know who to reach out to if they want to
    become an active part of the live music industry.
  • Women make up a very small percentage of the working force in
    the technical field of music.
  • Many women seem to lose confidence when they get trained by a
    man – especially in the technical field.
  • Many women do not feel that they belong to a community in the
    industry.
  • This lack of belonging and support is a reason why many women
    are dropping out of the music industry after a relatively short time
    in comparison to the male counterparts.

There is only very little research that support the statement above. However, reviews
of existing research on gender stereotypes in society indicates that a profession with
a major imbalance in gender distribution affects women’s future career choices,
including discontinuation.

Research also shows that girls at a young age have a higher tendency to develop
self-criticism and are increasingly afraid to underperform, compared to boys.
It is undoubtedly very particular to one’s upbringing as well as external and internal
influences, but it can help explain why young girls do not trust that they will be able
to handle certain subjects, and ultimately it can help explain why there are so few
women working within e.g technology and engineering today, where you would find a
clearly preponderance of men .

How is the program executed

By Changing the mindset! First of all, we wish to change women’s view of
themselves in this industry. We notice a big number of women putting an
exaggerated amount of pressure on themselves from the beginning. We also meet
women, who feels very intimidating from the very start because of this.
Therefore, with a closed circle of women, sometimes even just one-to-one, we wish
to introduce a learning environment where mistakes are allowed, where time is
granted to start all over again. But also, where there will be a lot of opportunities for
hand-on and practical experiences for each individual.
We have divided our program into four different sections as you can see below:

  1. Festival: We offer a multiple-days workshop for a selected group of women,
    where they are partly included as volunteers, and partly a part of a
    WILM-camp where the participants on a daily basis will be introduced to a
    different theme every day, like sound, light, production etc.
  2. Venue: We offer a one-to-one training on selected gigs in either production
    or technic, followed up by the proposal for a mentorship.
  3. Workshop: We offer continually an intro workshops in the regi of WILM
    with introduction to different fields in the production or the technical part.
    These workshops are all over Europe, for women by women.
  4. Camp: In association with Bang&Olufsen we are creating an annual 4-days
    camp for up to 20 girls age 15 -20, introducing them to Live Sound. (The first
    camp will be executed in summer 2020)

For each section an introduction to different options of education and a
greater network will be included.
Read more about the individual sections further down.

The success criteria for the program

We want to be a gate for women, who wish to enter the live music industry.
We also want to change young girl’s mindset and make it natural for them to work in “a
man’s world”, and perhaps even evolve an interest for technique and engineering.

We hope that within the next 5-7 years the number of women working behind the stage will
have increased from less than 10 % to estimated 35 % – not only by introducing women to
the industry, but also by holding onto those already working in the industry.

The Needs for the execution of the program

As you will see in our budget, this is not without costs. We need
funding to cover the instructor fee, the project managers and their assistants. We
need funding for material, we are using. And sometimes we need support for travel
arrangements and accommodations for the events across Europe. We do depend on
getting venues and gear for free, and are very grateful to those who are helping us
out with this.
Our principals says our workshops should be free of charge, as we believe
knowledge is power and should be given for free to those who need it. In return of a
donation or a sponsorship, we are open for any suggestions.

Contact information

Please do not hesitate to contact us in order to get more elaborate information
Email: info@womeninlivemusic.eu
Facebook – please visit our private group


Timiann Melissa Olsen

Coach

Timiann has experience in coaching international crews and individuals.
Support within 24 hours in case of urgent conflicts within a crew, unpleasant experiences on a gig, or even personal issues.

Please see contact info below
Timiann is available on Skype, Zoom, Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber, Facetime or whatever works best for you

30 min – 50.00€
60 min – 90.00€

mail: timiann@timiann.com
phone: +45 53 771 668