German non-profit, The Wacken Foundation has announced a new project – Let Women Do The Talking #LWDTT – in cooperation with Bangalore Open Air and in association with the Embassy of the United States of America.
The program is aimed at encouraging Indian women entrepreneurs and artistes who are looking to pursue a career in the music industry by sharing best practices from successful women in music.
Let Women Do The Talking will take place in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore from June 24 to July 2 featuring more than 60 women speakers from all over the world who will discuss women’s role in music and the way forward. Some of the speakers include Jenny Douglas (Touring Director/Artist Manager at 5B AM); Tracy Vera (President of Metal Blade Records); Hannah Raphael (Global Tour Director for Live Nation Entertainment); Tracey Vera (President – Metal Blade Records); Sucheta Shekar (Founder – Banana Boat Entertainment Network); Shilpa Sharda (Director Of Artist Services & Development – Believe Digital); Sandhya Surendran (Entertainment & Tech Lawyer) among others.
Additionally, the three-city conference will feature a masterclass on Audio Mastering in all three cities by Seattle-based producer Rachel Field who has worked with Pearl Jam, Whitney Monge, Brandie Carlile and more.
Plus, India Downtown Music’s (CD Baby, Fuga, Songtrust, Adrev) country head Ritnika Nayan will deliver workshops on music distribution, and music publishing. Learn how to get your music heard, understand what music distribution is and pick the right option for you. This workshop will also explain the pros and cons of label deals, the process of uploading and distributing music to platforms. “If you’re an artist looking to release original music, then these workshops are for you. Learn about the various distributors out there and how to choose the right one for you. Also understand what your publishing rights are and how to collect them,” said Nayan, Country Lead India, Downtown Music.
There will also be performances by LA-based Guns ‘N’ Roses tribute band Paradise Kitty at Hard Rock Cafés in all respective cities.
The U.S. Embassy New Delhi has awarded the Waken Foundation a grant to host this series of workshops, programs, and performances that highlight women in the music industry. All events are free, however registration is required.
The project was conceptualised by Salman U. Syed (Bangalore Open Air) and Miriam Hensel (Wacken Open Air) and is being implemented by Bangalore Open Air with co-curation by Big Bad Wolf.