Dear SoundGirls.Org Members, Friends, and Supporters,
We want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and hope you will be able to spend time with friends and loved ones. We would like to thank everyone that has contributed to this community, it truly has grown beyond our wildest dreams.
SoundGirls.Org operates on a shoe string budget, usually out of pocket. This year, our member base has reached 1,700 members worldwide. We could greatly expand our programming geographically, including workshops and seminars and our Live Sound Camp for Girls if all of our members donated $10 – that’s less than a dollar a month! Also, our partnership with California Women’s Music Festival means your donations are now tax-deductible.
Please consider making a year end tax deductible donation to SoundGirls.Org
We hope you will take time to read through our highlights and accomplishments in 2015. We are looking forward to an exciting 2016.
Karrie and Tiffany
In 2015, we sadly said goodbye to Co-Founder Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato, due to family obligations and her busy touring schedule as FOH engineer for Styx. We hope to see Michelle around in 2016.
We welcome Tiffany Hendren, house monitor engineer for The Pageant in St. Louis, as Co-Director. We have also formed a partnership with California Women’s Music Festival, which provides us fiscal sponsorship and allows both organizations to share resources.
One of our focuses this year has been working with our members to establish internship opportunities. We’ve been able to help create and/or offer placements at Miners Foundry, The Viper Room, The Troubadour, UW Meany Hall, 23 db productions, Los Angeles Girls Rock Camp, California Women’s Music Festival, and the 1st Annual Southern California Girls Fest, and are working on more openings for 2016. We would like to extend a big thanks to our members that have volunteered their time and energy to help educate the next generation of SoundGirls!
We’ve also been able to expand our tours, workshops, and seminars. This has been fun and educational and it is always wonderful to spend an afternoon with our members. We hosted events this year with NPR West, The Viper Room, a Dave Rat Seminar, Cherokee Studios, an SSL Demo in NYC, and four days of SSL Training at Rat Sound. In Europe, our members organized workshops with Shure, Marcel Van Limbeek, and Lake Processing. We will also be bringing three TM/FOH Seminars to Modesto, Los Angeles, and New York in the next few weeks.
In July, we launched our first Live Sound Camp for Girls in Modesto. By the end of the week the girls could successfully write input lists, wire a stage, line check, troubleshoot, and mix a band. Introducing young girls and women to the world of live sound was incredibly rewarding. We are planning on expanding our camps in 2016 and bringing them to under served communities.
Another focus this year has been on expanding the content on the website. We have continued our monthly feature of women in audio, because we believe strongly that it’s important to provide role models for young women, and you “Can’t Be What You Can’t Imagine”. The idea that you CAN be a sound engineer has to be first presented and then followed up by role models, inspiration, and a belief that you can do it. The profiles allow us to tell the stories of women working in audio and allow us to all learn from their insights and experiences.
We’ve also welcomed several new writers and bloggers. Our wonderful team have been sharing their experiences working in Theatre Sound Design, Live Sound, Event Coordination, RF Coordination, Post Production, and Women in Music. A big thanks to Kirsty Gillmore, Yvonne Gilbert, Heather Holm, April Tucker, Chris Van Drie, Maxx Brunet, Victoria Boyington, Sam Potter, and Chez Stock – thank you for all of your hard work!
On that note, we hope we are achieving a balance of content on the website that appeals to both industry professionals and young woman wishing to enter into professional audio. We are always interested in new bloggers, articles, videos, and any other SoundGirls-created content. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to contribute.
We are super excited to see SoundGirls.Org Chapters forming across the world. 2015 brought Chapters to Europe, Toronto, North Carolina, Kansas City, Texas, and Los Angeles. We hope to see more chapters starting in 2016.
SoundGirls.Org is under the fiscal sponsorship of California Women’s Music Festival a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Our tax ID number is 47-1361148.