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057: Women's Audio Mission: Empowering Women Through Sound

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Noelle Duncan is a recording artist, songwriter, and performer. She has also worked at Women’s Audio Mission for 5 years and before that as a marketing professional and copywriter for various nonprofit organizations such as Women Impacting Public Policy and Aorta Magazine. Noelle started interning at WAM in 2010 and was hired in 2011 and is now a Development and Communications Associate and instructor in electronic music production at WAM. “In a field where women are chronically under-represented (less than 5%), WAM seeks to "change the face of sound" by providing hands-on training, experience, career counseling and job placement to women and girls in media technology for music, radio, film, television and the internet.” In this episode you will learn: • That Noelle is a music producer/song writer in her own right and loves teaching women to use technology. She loves empowering women/girls with tech. music knowledge. • WAM (est. 2003) is a one of a kind nonprofit project that gives women the tools to learn and work in a male dominated industry • Also the only built and run by women recording studio in the world • Have an online audio training option - on Sound Channel with over 7,000 students from 93 countries (all gender). This course is also part of several College sound curriculums. • Community events include adults and youth programs are free and serve over 850 girls in the Bay area yearly, funded by philanthropy and corporate sponsors. • They have a project for girls to create their own podcasts - to really talk about things that matter to them, they have the ability, using technology, to reach a global audience - and WAM gives them the tools to do this. • Also host community events such as the Local Sirens: Women in Music Festival, a free, quarterly performance series featuring incredible local women musicians and performers in neighborhood venues. • Annually they go to the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention which is 95% men – they are the only women’s organization there. • There is a link between the ways women are socialized around technology and to fear it – this is a barrier to gaining skills to produce content. • There are also economic barriers to accessing creative technology tools. Noelle’s advice to young women: Be persistent and don’t be afraid of technology! It is a tool to get your ideas across.   Resources mentioned in the show: Women’s Audio Mission Sound Channel Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention Thank you so much for listening, Have a really great day, And Stay Strong!!