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Concept

Gender Amplified is a nonprofit organization that aims to celebrate Women in music production, raise their visibility and develop a pipeline for girls and young women to get involved behind the scenes as music producers. The movement also connects passion for music with technical skills that can be used in a wide range of scientific and arts based fields, areas in which Women are traditionally underrepresented.

Mission

The mission of the Gender Amplified movement is to provide a platform for the promotion and advancement of women in music production and to identify and motivate the next generation of women music producers. By organizing public events that foster healthy dialogue about the role gender plays in the music making process, Gender Amplified endeavors to give voice to a subculture of women who are using music technology to create their own music and perpetuate their unique identities.

Goals & Objectives

  • To develop a national network of women music producers by creating and maintaining a website that archives their stories, production resources, and contact information
  • To foster an inter-disciplinary academic dialogue on women’s visibility in the field of music production by making sure to promote an agenda of inclusivity and collaboration
  • To produce community events that highlight the works and accomplishments of established women producers and interest girls in pursuing careers in music production and related fields
  • To construct and support safe production studio environments where girls and women can learn music production from their peers and renowned industry professionals
  • To assess the impact learning music production has on women’s success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and related fields

 

The Festival

Definitions

A music producer works within the music industry. Her job is to oversee and manage the recording (i.e. “production”) of an artist’s music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, selecting songs and/or musicians, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, and supervising many of the technological processes associated with making a sound recording.

Gender is a range of physical, mental, and behavioral characteristics distinguishing between masculinity and femininity. Depending on the context, the term may refer to sex (i.e. the state of being male or female), social roles (as in gender roles), or gender identity.

Background

The Gender Amplified movement began in 2007 as an academic conference held at Barnard College. Entitled Gender Amplified: Women and Technological Innovation in Hip-Hop, this day-long conference brought together hip hop producers, scholars, artists, activists, and music enthusiasts to assess the impact that gender has on the field of music technology and women’s participation in hip hop production culture. Special guests included Tricia Rose, author of Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, and DJ Spinderella. The conference was initiated by Ebonie Smith as a senior thesis project and organized in collaboration with the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard’s Africana Studies Program and Femmixx.com.

The Founder

Ebonie Smith, Founder

Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer and singer-songwriter based in New York City. Ebonie holds a master’s degree in music technology from New York University. She currently works as an audio engineer and producer for Atlantic Records. Read More.