Dear #WCM Family,
I hope that you and your family have stayed well throughout this crazy time. If you are in the music industry, you are already aware of the toll this has taken on songwriters and venues (and many more) who live off of live events.
Like many others, we at #WCM have also had to navigate how to best support our communities during this time and how we can come together, while staying apart. This has meant shifting our programming to a virtual environment, hosting weekly Instagram Live sessions featuring artists from our nationwide community while partnering with larger brands to engage new audiences. We’ve done our best to bring valuable and timely information to our community through webinars with CDBaby, Songtrust & more, as well as increase our output of artist releases and think pieces on our blog, #TheCrush. We’ll also be launching our monthly Song Sessions series on July 22nd to give artists the chance to submit songs for live critiquing of their music by industry experts and established songwriters.
While these initiatives have been reaching an international audience and have proven to be a valuable resource, throughout the years, our organization has become known for our local chapters and we have been searching for a way to help further connect the rising womxn songwriter community on a local level, as well as help support local music venues who truly make the local music scenes in these communities special. This is why I am so proud to announce that starting in August, we’ll be launching our first ever Virtual Tour.
The tour kicks off on August 3rd in the San Francisco Bay Area and will continue through mid-December, spotlighting a new city or area every two weeks. In addition to songwriter showcases, we will also team up with local industry professionals to host panel discussions and webinars. Our goal is to partner with local womxn/BIPOC owned music venues to support them with 100% of the proceeds from showcase ticket sales and work with sponsors to compensate artists.
The tour will run through mid-December and will hit the following cities/areas:
San Francisco Bay Area - 8/3 to 8/14
South Florida & Atlanta - 8/17 to 8/28
Portland & Seattle - 8/31 to 9/11
Austin - 9/14 to 9/25
NY & Boston - 9/28 to 10/9
Washington DC & Philadelphia - 10/12 to 10/23
Denver - 10/26 to 11/06
Chicago & Mineappolis - 11/09 to 11/20
Nashville - 11/23 to 12/04
Los Angeles - 12/07 to 12/18
We have always wanted our events to be a place where womxn songwriters can find their next collaborators for shows and to share resources, and we hope that we can continue doing that even if it is virtually through this pandemic.
We are still looking for venues to collaborate with, promotional partners, in-kind donations for artists, financial sponsorship, industry members to host discussions and artists of course! Additionally, we will be launching a Facebook Fundraiser on Monday, July 20th to help pay the performers and support additional tour costs.
Want to get involved? Can’t wait until the launch? Head to our #WCM ON TOUR page and RSVP!
I hope to “see” you on the tour! And as always, feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, feedback or just to say hey!
With endless gratitude of your support,
Ashley K. Stoyanov
Founder/CEO of #WomenCrush Music
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