WILM Newsletter #22

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Welcome to the 22nd Newsletter!

Whether it’s workshops on rigging in Berlin, afternoon tea with Shure in London or working the big stage at Eurovision, our members have been super busy this year!
WILM has hosted and collaborated on a record amount of events these last few months. So let’s take a look!
We are as always super grateful to our members for sending us a postcard letting us know what they are up to!
You can send us a postcard via email or our Facebook Group!

We received this lovely tour postcard back in April from Jenny Semmence who writes:
“Last night’s show at Glasgow QMU. That’s Paula on the left, Venue deputy Manager. Then Hazel on lights, Laura the Rep, Diana who came to see what shows were about and rolled up her sleeves to help everywhere and myself as TM. The Head of Security was also female. What a great day to be surrounded by talented women completely smashing their jobs”

Kicking off the season…

First of all: Do you know about our Crewlist? It’s a page on our website where you can be showcased alongside the many talented women working in the industry. Right now multiple companies, festivals, touring acts etc are looking for crew and our Crewlist is one of the places that they will be looking at!

You can sign up for the Crewlist here!

It costs €20 annually and includes free access to all WILM’s events as well as discounts for selected partners. And most importantly: You will support our work for a more diverse backstage.

Our Crewlist has helped many women find work. If it has helped you, let us know!

Regarding Volunteering…
From time to time members of our community advertise volunteer positions. The WILM team has a very clear opinion on this issue and it goes like this:
Many of us got a foot in the door volunteering and whilst we don’t always agree with large corporations using this as an excuse for free labour, ultimately it is up to the individual if they want to take the opportunity or not.
This is our stand and it is not up for discussion. We won’t tolerate any provocative comments towards those asking for volunteers or those who wish to take on volunteer opportunities and WILM will not serve as an online platform for debate on the subject.
Thank you for your understanding.
Speaking of volunteer work: This is actually how we get by with a non-profit organisation. Yes, WILM is run by volunteers!
However, the work we do doesn’t come without a cost. We were therefore very grateful when Nordic Culture Foundation decided to support us again like they did in 2020! Thank you 🙏
We can’t wait to get some activities going with this donation to achieve more diversity backstage in a sustainable way.

What we’ve been up to since our last newsletter:

WILM x Neg Earth Lights Workshop on Lighting, Rigging and Power, London – March

What a turnout! WILM members at Neg Earth Lights in London.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, WILM teamed up with NEG Earth Lights who very kindly hosted our 3-part workshop in Rigging, Power and Lighting at their London warehouse!
It was a fantastic day with three separate workshops, and on top of that: a brilliant talk at the end of the day on how to increase and stabilise diversity backstage.
A big thank you to Neg Earth Lighting for the collaboration and for providing the space for our workshops.
Thank you as well to Ambersphere Solutions & Ayrton for sponsoring swag and networking-drinks.
Also, a big thank you to our incredible tutors Rigger, Ida Borgström and Lighting Designer, Subul Lodi, plus Bryony Berning from Ambersphere and Production Manager Alice James who moderated our panel talk, and of course a massive thank you to all of the attendees!

Audio Workshop at d&b in Backnang, Germany – April

Tutor Banu Sahin teaching d&b Soundscape

For the 4th time we went down to the beautiful surroundings of Backnang, Germany to visit d&b audiotechnik at their headquarters. This time we brought 10 of our members with us, mainly from Austria on this occasion! 🇦🇹
We enjoyed learning about d&b products such as Soundscape, Array calc & R1 as well as studying line array theory and much more including a very impressive factory tour.
This specially designed workshop was as usual executed by enthusiastic tutors from the d&b staff. Thanks again so much d&b for your hospitality 🙏

Aarhus Sound Association Workshop, Denmark – April

All the 27 attendees and their tutors

An amazing number of people came for this 3-day workshop in Denmark: From several different countries, both older and younger people alike came to learn about Live Sound. Twenty-seven attendees in total! 🙌🙌🏼🙌🏽🙌🏾
Allen&Heath’s distributor in Denmark, Lightpartner, were super helpful with a couple of consoles, so we had a S5000, C3500 and a SQ5 to play with.
One of our main reasons for choosing A&H’s products is our experience that we can show people how to mix a live show in a very short time, which makes it a great tool for those just starting out. 10 of the attendees who had never had any experience mixing live had the pleasure of mixing different acts for a live audience on the 2nd night! Well done folks!

Intro To Rigging Workshop, Berlin – April

Valerie, Helen, Olga & Lisa preparing to get those motors up!

We were so happy to finally be able to do our long awaited Intro-to rigging course in Berlin with TSE AG.
We were happily surprised when we arrived with 14 of our members and discovered that the Rigging Department had created three workstations for us amongst a 6 metre high truss we could climb. Our eager participants had a great time and the only downside was that we wished the day could be longer! Next time we will make sure to make it a full day of rigging! (Hopefully that will be in August or September).
A big thank you to Stephan and the rest of his team, as well as TSE for all the effort.

Afternoon Tea at Shure, London – April

A very British tea party at Shure complete with snacks and excellent conversation!

In April, WILM had a little afternoon tea party at The Rose Shure Experience Centre with our friends at Shure. It was a lovely turnout of people, and we used the occasion to hand out WILMAward trophies to Production Manager, Alice James and Lighting Technician, Anna Mac.
There was a lot of great conversation and we absolutely loved the story about how The Cure’s crowd would be shouting Anna’s name during their show because they were cheering for her to get the legendary WILMA! Thanks to The Cure and their fans for the support!
We also loved these words from one of our members:
“I’d like to say that I’ve been using Shure SE215 headphones as my daily go-to for over 10 years so I’m delighted to see Shure constantly supporting WILM. Makes me feel even better about using their products (I swear to god no one paid me to say this)”
We are definitely very happy – and proud too over the support and acknowledgement from Shure for our work for more diversity backstage.
Looking forward to the next workshop, tea party and WILMAwards ceremony at The Rose Shure Experience Centre.
Thanks to Flightcases.dk for the amazing WILMA trophies

Walk & Talk with Paramore at the O2, London – April

WILM members with the Paramore crew at the O2, London

Another successful production tour at the O2 in London! This time it was Paramore’s crew who invited us for a walk & talk of how their show comes together. WILM members met the crew and asked questions and learned all about sound, lights, video logistics, rigging and even pyro! A big thanks to Tour Manager Andrew Weiss and the rest of the team for having us along. We can’t wait to do more of these!

WILM x ISDV @ Pro Light & Sound, Frankfurt – April

ISDV and WILM members connecting at Prolight + Sound

Our dear WILM member Cora Schönherr took the initiative to team up with ISDV – a German union for freelance event-crew at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt. This resulted in a great meet up where stories from the road, anecdotes and experiences were shared. We are very happy to have been introduced to ISDV, who we are looking forward to connecting with some more in the future.

Role Model Day + Walk & Talk in association with SheSaid.So, Iceland – April

The role model day with Malle Kaas and Anna Jóna Dungal joining online

For the first time we teamed up with the amazing global organisation SheSaid.So and started out boldly with a two-day event: First a role model day with with Iceland Airwaves Project Manager, Anna Jóna Dungal, Manager & Tour Manager Erin Lynch from Flying Fox AB and WILM’s CEO, Sound Engineer Malle Kaas, who all told the story behind their career and workday – all well moderated by SheSaid.So’s Cheryl Kara.

A couple of the participants at the Laugardalshöll in Reykjavik

The next day we had a Walk & Talk with the Icelandic production company Sena at a Backstreet Boys production at the Laugardalshöll Arena in Reykjavik where the participants got a glimpse behind the scenes at what a local production company is doing at such a big event.
We are already now looking forward to the next joint events with SheSaid.so Iceland 🙌

Production Futures, Manchester – May

Thank you Subul Lodi and Shelly for taking care of the WILM stand and for having a chat with the many show-goers that came by

Once again we were delighted to be invited in on the Production Futures Tour, and this time the show was held in Manchester!
It was great to be part of this event that has a goal-oriented focus on the new and upcoming generation in the live event industry. We loved that many of these young people were so interested in the work of WILM for more diversity backstage.
Thank you Production Futures for the invite 🙌 Looking forward to team up with you again at PLASA, London in September!

SPOT Festival Panel Talk, Denmark – May

In May we participated in a panel discussion at SPOT Festival in Denmark where we discussed the live music industry, specifically how we were doing last year and what issues we are facing this year. And what does the backstage world really looks like, and how is the onstage-offstage relationship doing
We had a wonderful and interesting chat with Promoter Emma Hestbæk from Smash!Bang!Pow! and Tour Manager, Tobias Ljungar Sødring (‘Saveus’ and many more) as well as a live audience.
You can visit our Website and find a summary of our panel discussion at Eurosonic earlier this year, which is what inspired the content for this talk at SPOT Festival.

Upcoming Events:

Not much is planned for the next couple of months as we get into the busy Summer season, but please keep an eye out on our social media, as there might be some production Walk & Talk’s coming up in Germany and in the UK!
We might also be doing a Festival Camp in North Macedonia at the end of June 🇲🇰!

WILM Founders Hannah & Malle at PLASA, London

As usual we will be at PLASA London Sep. 3rd – 5th. So make sure to come by and say hello as we will be taking part in activities at the tradeshow and also hosting a casual meet up for our members.
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, Olive, Tejka & Valerie)
If you have any inquiries, please email info@womeninlivemusic.eu

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.