WILM Newsletter #26

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Welcome to our 26th Newsletter!

The sun is shining brighter and the days are growing longer, that can mean only one thing… festival season has started!
Welcome to our June newsletter where you will find info on upcoming events, and highlights from our community’s adventures over the past 3 months.
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 May we received a very special postcard from Mykonos in Greece 🇬🇷 where a group of amazing TM’s, PM’s etc all gathered at the GTL Sessions for networking and to discuss relevant topics affecting touring life and our industry in general.
From left to right:
Carly Anne, Guilia Wyrd Svartskog, Rebecca Travis, Emma Edgar, Alice James, Melanie Knott, Vix Simpson, Samantha Simm & Lotje Horvers.

Attention – We are trying to map out where the women in the industry are – Please take part in our Survey!

We need some data on how many we are and where we are all located 🌍!
This will help us in our work to achieve a more sustainable diverse crew.
So whether you are a newcomer, a veteran or have even left the industry we would appreciate it if you would please fill in this survey. It takes less than 30 sec!
Feel free to share it within your network!
NB: If you have a couple of extra minutes, please fill in Part 2 on Well-being.

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

Walk & Talk with The 1975, Hamburg, Copenhagen & Berlin – March

Production Manager, Josh Barnes and Rigger, Hillary Taylor Kench spoke to attendees about the unique production behind The 1975

In March we had the pleasure of doing three more Walk & Talk’s in Hamburg, Copenhagen & Berlin with the production team behind The 1975.
It was a true pleasure meeting the touring crew, some amazing set, technology and a great vibe all around. We loved the fact that this tour values mental health highly among the crew – and that they allowed our youngest WILM member to attend the Walk & Talk too, Baby J 👶
A big thank you to the entire crew of The 1975 for being so forthcoming with these. And thanks to Cora and Lisa for heading up the German dates, and of course everyone who came out for this.
You can read more about WILM’s Walk & Talk’s in TPi Magazine 🗞️
Psst! If you are touring in Europe with a larger production and would like to offer a Walk & Talk, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the WILM team: info@womeninlivemusic.eu

‘Celebrating Women In Audio’ at The Rose Shure Experience Centre, London – March

Our second home! The Rose Shure Experience Centre in London

In March we had the pleasure of repeating our workshop ‘Celebrating Women In Audio’ at the Rose Shure Experience Centre in London. We collaborated with our friends from Shure UK, Allen & Heath and Audiologic to bring about this brilliant workshop in audio for our WILM members.

Anna Shahin (Audiologic) explaining Dante

We had some fantastic presentations from Anna Shahin (Audiologic) on Dante, Jack Drury (Shure UK) on WWB7 and Ursula Helmstädt (Shure Germany) on RF basics. We also had assistance on two of our workstations from Elaine Duffy and Malle Kaas.

WILM members troubleshooting RF

We are already looking forward to do this again next year 🙌 A big thank you to everyone for making this event possible.

Online Talks “How to Optimise The Festival Communication” – March / April

Lack of communication between touring parties and festivals is unfortunately a common thing in many European countries, and causes a lot of frustration and issues pre-peri-post shows. So how can we optimise communication?
WILM invited a talk between associates from both sides to discuss what are the problems and what could be the solutions.
Here is a written sum up of Part 1
A big thanks to Erin Lynch as our moderator in Part 2, and to the Danish lawyer Jakob Johansen who just came out with a contract app – a cheap, easy and timesaving way to make a contract – no matter if you are representing a band or a festival or likewise. Check out Fair Play Music Contracts

Walk & Talk with Keane – Köln, Brussels & Paris – April

Looking around the stage at Palladium Köln with WILM co-director Hannah Brodrick

We are enjoying bringing our Walk & Talks all over Europe! This time with the Keane production on their EU Tour. Participants were introduced to the different crew members and learned about sound, lighting, production management etc and great discussions were had about how women can get their foot in touring.It was a pleasure to meet you all and we hope to be doing many more of these in the future!

Walk & Talk with Olivia Dean, London – May

Huge thanks to the Olivia Dean crew for having us down in Hammersmith for another Walk & Talk in May!
A special thanks to Sarah-Anne Grill for initiating this event and we hope everyone who came along found it useful and inspiring!

WILM members outside the stage door at our favourite venue, Hammersmith Eventim Apollo!

…So what’s coming up next?

Walk & Talk at Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam – June 19th

WILM is delighted to offer it’s members the opportunity to join us for an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour and discussion about a large-scale touring production at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.
Stage Manager, Jack Dunnet will lead the event, giving attendees a comprehensive overview of the production which includes Sound, Lighting, Video and more!
Whether you are a newcomer or more experienced you are very welcome to join us and learn all about what goes into making a big show at an indoor venue happen. Please follow the link to Eventbrite to read more and register for this event 👇

SFX-Pyro Camp with FX Team 26th-29th August – Denmark

FX Team create amazing spectacles for movies and onstage

Meet Us At PLASA, 1st – 3rd September – London

Ever wondered how they achieve the jaw-dropping pyrotechnics at Rammstein shows? Or how they put together the special effects at the Eurovision Song Contest?
Maybe you would just like to know how to make your lead singer look like Freddy Krueger from Elm Street?
This workshop we are hosting with FX Team in August will be an introduction to Pyrotechnics, SFX, Makeup Effects & Set Carpentry!
It’s also addressed to Tour Managers, Production Managers as well as people working in the theatre world, who would like to brush up on some new or existing skills.

Registration will open at the end of June – stay tuned!
Read more about FX Team
Once again we will be at London Olympia for PLASA, one of the most popular technology tradeshows in the UK. Here you will meet peers from all across the event industry, and there will be a bunch of seminars and talks to participate in. So mark the date and come and meet us at our booth – we are always up for a chat and some liquorice treats!

Zactrack & MA3 Training, 17th & 18th September – Stockholm

Workshop 1 – ZACTRACK, Sep. 17th

Ever heard of Zactrack ? – An automated follow-system used for the immersive experience whether it is sound, light or video. We will be spending a whole day working with this system in one of the old beautiful venues in the heart of Stockholm. During the day we will also run a session on Event IT Networking.

Workshop 2 – grandMA3 Training – Sep.18th

In association with Gobo we are repeating our successful MA3 lighting workshop from last year with the great Kamilla Bjellsäter, Senior Lighting Supervisor of the Opera House in Stockholm.
(Please note we only have 10 spots for this workshop!)
During the day we will also be running a session on GDTF with Vectorworks.

Registration for both workshops will be open end of July. Stay tuned!
(On the night of the 17th we will also be organising a network session with drinks, snacks and an interesting panel discussion with some good friends, so why not make a trip out of it?)

Know your cable! Workshop, 25th September – Copenhagen

This is a workshop for both crew and musicians in association with our good friends from Kinovox.
Always wanted to know everything about the cables you are working with? And how to solve when there is a problem with your connection? In this workshop we will be going through all the different types of cable and how they work.
Bring your own broken cable to this workshop if you need to fix it!
Registration will be open end of August – stay tuned!

In Autumn we are also hosting/attending:

…and much more! Stay tuned & check out our social media for updates!

Speaking of Roadie Medic…
Did you know that our CEO & Co-founder, Malle Kaas is not only a sound engineer, but also a certified nurse anaesthetist and has joined the team at Roadie Medic!

Monthly WILM Yoga

Our representative for the Balkans & Austria, the multi-talented Nika Brunet Milunovic will be heading a group of WILM yoga instructors for special community sessions every month – Keep an eye out for the next session whether you are on the road or just at home and feel like you need some bodily relaxation and stress relief!

Instagram Takeovers are back!

Get ready for some behind-the-scenes action because our Instagram Takeover series is back! 🌟
Once again, inspiring women in the live music industry will be sharing their daily routines, backstage moments, and concert experiences directly from their workplaces.
Dive into the world of soundchecks, stage setups, and showtime adrenaline as our talented ladies take over our Instagram account for a day. From iconic venues to intimate gigs, you’ll get an exclusive peek into the production world.
If you’re passionate about sharing your journey and want to be part of our Instagram Takeover, reach out to us at team@womeninlivemusic.eu
This is your chance to showcase your talent and inspire others in the industry.
Stay tuned for our upcoming takeovers and prepare to be inspired by the passion, dedication, and creativity of our amazing WILM community!

A book landed in the office at WILM….

A couple of years ago at PLASA, we met Gabrielle Kierlich, PhD in Communication studies and senior research fellow at the University of Huddersfield, UK.
At that time Gabi was about to write her PhD called “The Road Crew” live music and touring. Last year she turned her PhD into a book which is a great read for newcomers in the industry – and maybe too for your parents the next time they ask ‘What do you actually do for a living?’ Gabi explains it all perfectly!

A Big Thank You To KODA – Denmark for granting WILM a significant donation 🙏

With this support we are able to expand as well as make our ‘Safe Learning Environment’ training program more efficient! It will also help keep the daily operation of WILM sustainable for another year! So Thank You KODA-Denmark for your contribution to a more diverse backstage!

Become a WILMAmbassador

Courtesy of Ayrton. Model: Linnea Ljungmark, MD for Topstage AB

& Representative for Women In Lighting

Do like Ayrton – and become a WILMAmbassador!
WILM is a non-profit organisation working for a sustainable level of more diversity backstage. But we can’t do it without the support from all of you out there: Festivals, Artists and other stakeholders in the live music industry.
Please get in touch with us if you or your company wishes to become a WILMAmbassador: info@womeninlivemusic.eu

That’s all for now!

The WILM Team
(Malle, Hannah, Olive, Huld & 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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