My dearest #WomxnCrush Music community,
What a year, right?
Thank you to all of you for supporting us every step of the way this year. When COVID-19 hit in March, it took the world by storm, and the music industry was definitely no exception. As an organization that depends on in-person connections and live music, we had to adjust. But we didn’t want to just get by, we wanted to give back to those who had supported us in the past, and help our community thrive through an unknown future. This brings us to right now, with the launch of our #GivingTuesday campaign: Proud Of Our Past, Funding For Our Future.
When we found ourselves amidst this pandemic, we pivoted. We are in the middle of wrapping up our 5-month virtual tour across the USA where we raised money for local womxn-owned music venues, facilitated connections between artists and their local industry members and gave our songwriters a platform to connect with old and new fans. We also launched a program called Song Sessions, a monthly event where our community is encouraged to submit original songs for live critiques by experienced songwriters and industry professionals. We had the honor to work with songwriters like Jenna Andrews, industry professionals like A&R Manager Caterina Nasr from Elektra Records and so many more.
Through these programs,we have continued our mission of creating opportunities for rising womxn songwriters. And next year, we aim to take things a step further.
In 2021, #WCM will be focusing our programming not only on amplifying the music of our artists and facilitating connections between creators and industry professionals,but also helping our community members hone their craft and build their creative businesses. Some of our new programs include co-writing camps, webinars with tech and industry leaders, a yearly summit to help build awareness on all-things business, and intimate, small-group events that help foster genuine relationships with industry decision makers.
2020 has been a whirlwind, and we are grateful for what we’ve been able to accomplish and provide our community with thus far, but 2021 will be the year for rebuilding our industry and creating impactful opportunities to help artists move forward.
Community is everything, and #WCM will never stop pursuing our mission of providing for our community of rising womxn songwriters. With your help, we know we can do that. If you’d like to support #WCM and work with us on advancing our mission, you may make a donation to help us fund for our future (click here). Any amount helps, and we truly appreciate all of it.
So here’s to a future with more womxn topping the charts, headlining festivals and being recognized in this industry. We can do this together!
Ashley K. Stoyanov
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