Women In Music is expanding in 2020 with a global event series across eight countries and 10 cities within the U.S.
The non-profit organization, which aims to help educate women in the music industry as well as open conversations and offer resources worldwide, will host WIM industry conference events in Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, India, Japan, UK, and across the U.S. in cities including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Portland and Washington DC.
Additionally, WIM aims to prioritize its Diversity and Inclusion Council as part of its WIM 50/50 program by inviting speakers and performers with diverse perspectives at conferences.
The organization also announced its Diversity & Inclusion Council, which includes chairman Chissy Nkemere (Concord), Nikisha Bailey (Atlantic Records), Mayna Nevarez (Nevarez PR), and Sonja Kim (Pandora). The council will include male members in an effort to create an inclusive music community with Jeff Hammer (Northwestern Mutual), Michael Adams Jr., (Asylum Records) and Nick Maiale (Music Business Association) joining as well.
“Our goal in creating the Diversity & Inclusion Council at Women In Music is to make sure we are being intentional in all of our work, and to meet the needs of underrepresented groups that too often go unaddressed under the larger gender equity umbrella,” says Nicole Barsalona, president of Women In Music.
“We want to open up the conversation in a real and impactful way – for women of color, for the LGBTQ community, for our male allies, and more – to create a safer, more inclusive and more equitable music industry for all. I can’t think of anyone better than Chissy to lead the way. I know she’ll be a powerful and inspiring voice for our members and partners.”