The 11th annual event, sponsored by The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), honored the accomplishments of a diverse group of women representing all facets of the music industry.
Champion Award honoree, Stacey Ryan, COO of School of Rock, spoke about the work needed to elevate more women into executive positions, and the importance of organizations like the Women’s International Music Network for mentoring young, up-and-coming women in the music industry. Her award acceptance was followed by an all-female School of Rock Band performing En Vogue’s 1992 smash “Free Your Mind.”
“We need to keep having confidence in our abilities and keep using our voices to break barriers,” Stacey stated in her acceptance speech. “We need to support each other, empower each other, show love to each other, help one another find success and purpose, and surround ourselves with powerful, smart women and supportive men. I promise to do what I can to clear this path for the young women coming in behind us, and I'm excited to introduce you to just 6 of the millions of reasons we need to keep breaking these barriers.”
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. The organization produces the She Rocks podcast, the LIVE: Front & Center web series, WiMN She Rocks Spotlight Showcase Series and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, go here.
"We need to keep having confidence in our abilities and keep using our voices to break barriers." - Stacey Ryan
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