Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) is a nonprofit that uses music and media to attract underserved women and girls to creative technology studies, as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) with the goal is of inspiring them to become the innovators of tomorrow.
WAM was founded in 2003 by Terri Winston, an artist, songwriter, composer, recording engineer and producer with over 30 years of experience. The organization addresses two critical issues: 1) Women make up less than five percent of all people creating our sounds, music and media and 2) Women’s enrollment in STEM programs has declined by 70 percent since the year 2000.
Home to the world’s only professional recording studio built and run by women, WAM’s award-winning curriculum weaves art and music together with science, technology and computer programming, and works to close the gender gap in creative technology careers. Over the last 15 years, WAM has tutored over 12,000 women and girls, and has seen alumni graduate to high-profile companies including Google, Pixar and Dolby, among many others.
At Loop, WAM will present a workshop and studio session on tracking and recording drums, hosted by Beyonce’s tour drummer Michelle Battiste. Participants will learn how microphone technique and placement, EQ, and gain structure can be used in combination to record powerful-sounding drums.