WILM Newsletter #24


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Welcome to the 24th Newsletter!

This month WILM is celebrating her sixth birthday! 🎂
We have been super busy organising this year’s WILMAwards, which is going to be bigger and better than ever! Voting is now closed, and the results are in…. So who will the winners be this year?
All will be revealed on the 12th of December during our ceremony in London.
We truly appreciate our members for taking the time to send us postcards and update us on their activities! 💌 You can send us a postcard via email or you can post it in our private Facebook Group!
In September we received this wonderful postcard from the Disturbed Tour where the crew had women in almost every department from lighting, audio, transport, production, social media, VIP and management 🙌

Pictured: KC Napper, Hannah Fabel, Jane Hyman, Jada Diaz, Britt Haag, Emily Philips, Clover Rushing, Kelsey Hogg, Liz Hohman.
(Not pictured: Britt Bowman – photographer and Myriam Roy – kickass truck driver)

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

PLASA London – September

WILM founders Malle Kaas and Hannah Brodrick outside Olympia

Thanks to all of you who made it to PLASA in London this year. We had a blast meeting old and new WILM members alike and catching up with our friends from the industry! Special thanks goes to Gertie, Carly, Olga and Amy who came by to assist at the WILM stand ❤ We hope you had a good time!

Subul Lodi hosted a brilliant lighting micro-workshop at Ambersphere

We especially enjoyed our panel on “Parenthood in the Live Industry” and Subul Lodi’s micro-workshop in lighting as well as the Bullsh*t Bingo session at the Solotech stand!
Thank you to all our friends at Allen & Heath, Solotech, Shure, Digico, Audio Technica, Ambersphere, Women In Lighting, Ayrton, Production Futures, MA Lighting and more! (sorry if we missed anyone!) See you next year!

Tour Management Workshop with Patchwork London – September

September was a busy month for us as the day after PLASA we held our first UK Tour Management Workshop with the wonderful Patchwork London.

WILM members with Steve White at Patchwork HQ in Great Offley

WILM members learned all there is to know about tour management – budgeting, advancing, riders, crew welfare and more! It was a brilliant and inspiring day.
As this event proved so popular we are looking at repeating it early next year. If you missed out on a spot, keep your eyes peeled for when we announce the second workshop. A huge thanks to Steve and the PWL team for having us, we hope we can do another one soon!

Classroom lectures and lunch in the sun in the lovely surroundings of Offley Hoo Farm

MA3 Workshop @ Gobo, Stockholm – September

Senior lighting supervisor Kamilla Bjellsäter did an excellent job teaching the 10 attendees at our MA3 workshop. Both the experienced and newcomer lighting engineers were extremely focused from the first minute of the workshop to the very last, and still so eager to learn more about the MA3 after a full-on day!
The attendees also enjoyed a refresher session on the importance of Event IT Networking conducted by Jens Holm from Gobo.
A big thank you to Per Hörding, Stage and Event Light as well as Bjellstar for helping out with MA lighting desks.

The panel at ‘The Node’ discussing “Why Don’t You Smile Some More?” – a question female crew are often asked, and much more concerning ‘hidden harassment’.

During the evening event we hosted a panel at The Node in central Stockholm with many stories to share. The main conclusion of the event was that a stable level of diversity still has a long way to go in the music industry. There are still too many situations and interactions happening today that belong to the time of the dinosaurs. But we could do much better in general if we communicate more openly with each other and include the whole live music industry as one unit, encompassing everyone from the stage to the backstage. This collaborative approach not only promotes inclusivity but also contributes to creating a more inviting and improved event industry for the future.
✨A Big thanks to The Node and shesaidso.Sweden for co-hosting the event – and to Emma Andersson for running the tech so smoothly.
✨Thanks to the amazing panel with representatives from The Node, shesaidso.Sweden WILM and Women In Lighting.
✨A special thank you to Topstage AB for making sure we had a delicious meal in the evening!
(The Node is a newly opened venue, combined with a restaurant, a stage and 14 small studios people can rent on a monthly basis. The project is a collaboration between the municipality of Stockholm and the Avicii Foundation among others.)

Production Futures ON TOUR – Wakefield, UK – September

Many students came to our stand to learn about WILM from Sofie and Hannah, and grab a handful of chocolates

Once again WILM headed up to Production Park in Wakefield to meet the next generation of live event professionals. The day was packed with brilliant seminars, discussions and we enjoyed meeting students and suppliers alike. Well worth a visit, thank you Production Futures for having us and to everyone who came by our stand to have a chat!

LEaT Con – Hamburg, Germany – October

We were extremely excited to be part of LEaT Con in Hamburg this October. It was an exceptional trade show for the event industry, impeccably organized. Notably, it was the first trade show we have visited where children and dogs were welcome, and complimentary catering was provided — truly an all-around delightful experience!

Kids, dogs, free catering – what’s not to like at LEaT Con?

The show was packed with some of the best manufacturers, great seminars, a bunch of networking opportunities, old friendships and a lot of hugging. Hamburg LEaT con 2023 – du hast unsere Herzen ♥️

Our booth at the show where we met up with so many old and new friends

Intersonic Seminars – Stockholm, Sweden – October

Another great city that we got to visit this autumn was Stockholm 🍂🇸🇪
We were invited to join the Swedish distributor Intersonic AB for their first Intersonic Forum – a day packed with seminars and talks. WILM was invited to ‘educate’ the audience about the facts concerning diversity you didn’t know you needed to know, where we played our legendary Diversity Bullsh*t Bingo game – a fun way to learn why diversity is important and what we still need to do in order to secure a sustainable diverse backstage in the live music industry. The event was a big hit with the many that played along with us. A big thank you to Intersonic for inviting us 🙏 We would be delighted to come back again next time for the Intersonic Forum.

We had many visitors at our booth that wanted to hear more about the need for diversity and how to achieve it.

Walk & Talk with PJ Harvey – Copenhagen, Denmark – October

In October, Tour Manager Suzi Green and Production Coordinator Nathalie Candel invited us behind the scenes to get a peek of their touring production with PJ Harvey!
We were delighted to have the opportunity to explore the entire backstage area, witnessing all the behind-the-scenes activities. Additionally, stepping onto the stage provided a firsthand view of the gig preparations by backliners, lighting experts, and sound technicians gearing up for the show!
As a special treat we got to watch the soundcheck and the girls learned just how much goes on before doors on a show day.
A big thank you to Nathalie Candel (green shirt), Suzi Green (right behind Nathalie) & the rest of the PJ Harvey crew, as well as Falconer Salen Frederiksberg and DTD Concerts. (Fun Fact: Nathalie Candel & Suzi Green met each other through WILM during the pandemic, and are now working together!)

We got to meet the local merch seller, who told us we need to focus more on nichés like merch – which is so true! 👚

We also got to met the local crew in form of the house techs and promoters who were so forthcoming and willing to share details from their different careers in the industry 💜

Gender@Work in association with Stage Manager Carine Tredgold & Music In Africa – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania – November

Once again we had the amazing opportunity to work with Stage Manager, Carine Tredgold and Music In Africa on the fantastic project Gender@Work – a training program to increase and stabilise diversity behind the stage on the African continent.

The lighting team sharing their know-how

Fifteen girls from across Africa – all with a background in the event industry were gathered together for a whole week, receiving intense training that evolved into a practical internship at the three-day long showcase festival ACCES.

The sound team checking out the M32

WILM was thrilled to assist with the technical part of the training, executed by WILM trainer Soph from the UK. You can read the full story about Soph and her adventure with Gender@Work here.

The whole team at the training facilities at the ‘Haddypro’ rehearsal space in Dar es-Salaam

Debs, one of the G@W stage techs micing up the stage at the ACCES Festival

and lastly… Instagram Takeovers!

🚀 Dive into the heart of our world!
Check out our latest Instagram Takeover Stories to experience the magic behind the scenes and learn about the many different roles backstage on big productions!
Head to the highlights section on our Instagram and immerse yourself in the captivating adventures shared by Malle Kaas, Abby Shum, and May Coughlan. ✨

…So what’s coming up next?

It’s that time of year where we get together and celebrate the awesome women working in the industry and reveal the winners of this year’s WILMAwards 2023!This year we have many fun and exciting things happening throughout the evening. We will play a new and updated Bullsh*t Bingo & Crew Quiz, a St Lucia train will be making an appearance 🕯In between all that a DJ will be spinning some classic tunes and we will entertain you with some of the work that WILM has done during 2023.
We will also be hosting an auction for the charity Musicians Defends Ukraine.
And of course, we will be announcing the winners of WILMA 2023 👀 
So please come along! A Lebanese buffet (allergy + vegan friendly) will be served from 18:00 onwards with beers and soft drinks, and there will be plenty of time to catch up with and meet new people from the industry!
There will also be an after party at The Cocktail Club, nearby! 🎉 
A big thank you to all of our sponsors this year, particularly to Shure for once again providing the utmost support and hosting the ceremony at their beautiful venue in London! Also big thank you to Solotech & Ambersphere for providing sound & light and PRG for making a generous donation towards the party. Lastly a special shout out to Stndby for sponsoring all our winners this year with their 128GB stereo USB sticks!
See you Dec.12th!
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WILM Ski Trip – Romme, Sweden – January ’24

Snapshot from the WILM Ski trip in 2022, Jo just needed to rest for a minute 🙂

Next year we will be embarking on our annual skiing trip in Romme, Sweden (2 hours drive northwest of Stockholm) from 14th January – 18th January 2024. We’ll spend the days sliding down the slopes whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery of Romme, eating tasty food and then winding down with some yoga and sauna time. Just what we need after a busy 2023!
If you’d like to join us or want some more information, we still have places left so make sure you sign up here: WILM Ski Trip January 2024

ISE – Barcelona, Spain – Jan/Feb ’24

Come and explore new technology and listen to the many seminars about what’s up and down in our industry

From Tuesday Jan.30th to Friday Feb.2nd you will be able to find us at ISE – the biggest tech event trade show in Europe!
This year we will be located in Hall 7 at booth #7M590.
Lots of activities are in the planning, such as The Rosa Stunde in association with the people behind the initiative as well as Women In Lighting and Ayrton. But there will be other networking sessions, so even if you are not into tech, come and hang out anyway with other women from the live event industry. Registration is free!
If you are a local organisation or initiative, please come and meet us in Hall 7, and also please get in touch with us if you would be interested in helping out at the WILM booth! (Travel and accommodation at your own cost).

Definitely come to the Rosa Stunde – a network session where you can meet other women from the live event industry: Thursday 4pm @ the Ayrton stand.

Get Your WILM Calendar 2024/25! 🗓️

Are you sorted for Christmas gifts for the event industry people in your life yet? Why not gift them a WILM 2024-2025 calendar!
Every year we display and highlight the women working in the industry with 12 months of members’ gig postcards and precious moments from the road!
Our new 2023-24 calendar will be on our website shortly.

Our calendar is packed full of wonderful images from the WILM community, such as this one ♥️

That’s all for now!

Stay tuned and we hope we will see you very soon!

The WILM Team
(Malle, Hannah, Asta, 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.
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