A NEW wave of women are on their way to making a mark in the music industry with access to free training workshops.
The Cad Factory and MusicNSW have joined forces, launching free music production workshops for women, non-binary and tans individuals via Zoom.
To be held on June 27 and July 4, the idea was sparked following research in the United States which looked at gender imbalance within the music industry.
The study analysed 700 popular songs from 2012-2018 that featured on the Billboard Charts, revealing that only 2.1 per cent of the songs were produced by women.
The Cad Factory's creative producer Sarah McEwan said the new workshops were aimed at encouraging and up-skilling gender divers people through a hands-on, technical approach.
"Originally, these workshops were going to be held in our studio in Narrandera, but due to the impact of COVID-19, we feel the safest way to move forward is to have online workshops via Zoom," she said.
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The workshops will be led by Michelle Barry, an engineer, producer and audio educator who has worked in studios across Australia, the United States and the UK, including running remote, online music production workshops.
"These workshops are looking at the art of mixing; the tools, effects chains and specifications for finalising tracks to share or stream," she said.
"Participants are invited to share their productions in a supportive environment with their peers for feedback."
Managing Director of MusicNSW, Emily Collins, said they wanted to push the value of representing all genders in the music scene.
"Like the Cad Factory, we absolutely believe in the importance of supporting the professional development of diverse genders in music," she said.
To find out more, head to www.cadfactory.com.au and follow the links. There are limited places and you will be asked to fill out a short form to express your interest.