Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Womens Audio Mission

aka WAM

San Francisco, CA

Mission

Women's Audio Mission (WAM) is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in music production and the recording arts, a field in which women are critically under-represented (less than 5%). Over the past 10 years, WAM has been changing the face of sound by providing women and girls with access to training in music production and the techniques and technology used in the recording arts. In an era that is increasingly dependent on technology, WAM believes that women's participation in this field will expand the voice of music and media, ensuring that women's ideas, interests, and points of view are represented throughout society.

WAM is widely recognized for setting standards in music production and recording arts curriculums. In 2010, the White House Office of Social Innovation visited WAM to observe our innovative methods in using the arts to attract young women and girls to technology, a vital component of President Obama's Campaign for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Education. WAM's world-class recording studio is the only recording studio in the world run entirely by women and was recently selected as a 2012 “Best of the Bay" winner by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. WAM has recorded such notable artists as Kronos Quartet, Salman Rushdie, Angelique Kidjo (2014 Grammy win), Oscar-nominated soundtrack to the film "Dirty Wars", and master musicians from all over the world.
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Ruling Year

2004

Executive Director

Terri Winston

Main Address

542-544 Natoma #C-1

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

Keywords

Women, Music, Audio, Media, Recording, Radio, Broadcasting

EIN

54-2105425

 Number

1441145308

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Music (A68)

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Our programs

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Girls on the Mic

WAM Core Training

Recording Residencies: Preserving Culture

WAM Studio

SoundChannel

The Artist Incubator for Musicians & Songwriters

WAM Online Member Community

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Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of clients participating in educational programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Context notes

WAM trained over 1,200 under-served women and girls in creative technology studies. WAM had to turn away 300 women and girls due to lack of capacity last year.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of participants who gain employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Related program

WAM Core Training

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of free registrants to classes

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Girls on the Mic

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

- Increase the number of women in the professional audio, recording arts and music production industries.
- Increase the number of girls pursuing music, math, science, computers and technology studies.
- Increase the credits by women on major music, film, TV or broadcast projects.
- Increase the number of women in leadership positions in audio, music and media companies.
- Expand music, media and popular culture to include the ideas and perspectives of women and girls.
- Provide the most rigorous and highest quality training experiences in music production, professional audio and the recording arts.
- Deepen the impact of WAM's training programs and member services by gaining accreditation and providing fully-staffed open labs.
- Broaden and expand WAM's curriculum to include more fields of study that incorporate and integrate music, media and technology.
- Add significant member benefits to better meet the needs of our students and members and boost membership numbers.

• WAM offers a regular training schedule with over 150 workshops each year in a world class recording studio to both women and girls.
• WAM provides free monthly member meetings with guest lectures that are webcast live online and can reach young women all over the world.
• WAM partners with 14 local middle schools and all Bay Area “Expanding Your Horizons" events to provide our Girls on the Mic training to over 600 middle school girls each year.
• WAM's recording studio has an intensive internship program that provides real world, hands-on training to 12 young women each year. All of WAM's current staff were groomed as interns for leadership positions. WAM has a 96% success rate of placing interns in paid positions or graduate school.
• WAM's websites are full of award-winning educational content and receive over 7,800 hits a day.
• WAM has highly active social media networks that provide 8-10 educational items each day to over 11,000 subscribers.
• WAM administers surveys regularly that are reported to the board to assess the organization's effectiveness in achieving its mission.
• WAM has $9,000 a year in advertising donated to us in all of the major music and recording arts magazines reaching over 300,000 readers.
• WAM reaches over 12,000 people a year at various artist and music conferences.

The keys to Women's Audio Mission's ongoing success are:

• A well-established and trusted brand for premier professional audio and music technology training that serves over 650 Bay Area women and girls and over 6,500 students from 127 countries each year.

• A curriculum that cannot be found anywhere else. WAM has created the only curriculum in the world that specifically focuses on attracting women and girls to creative career paths in music and media technology.

• A curriculum that was created by individuals with expert experience in all facets of professional audio and education: music, media, engineering, academia and business.

• Leadership with over a decade served as a tenured professor of sound recording arts and director of a college audio program, over 30 years as a professional in the audio industry, 5 years as an electrical engineer and 15 years as a major label recording artist.

• Deep connections to an incredible mix of GRAMMY Award-winning music business veterans, producers, engineers, manufacturers, scientists, inventors and academics.

• An award-winning recording studio (Best of the Bay 2012 by the SF Bay Guardian) with over $175,000 in donated professional audio gear that attracts high profile artists from all over the world (Kronos Quartet, Salman Rushdie and master world musicians) and provides training and unparalleled work experience in a professional environment.

• Over 11,000 social media subscribers of WAM via Facebook, Twitter and Myspace.

• Over 950 women members from all over the world.

Specific measurable results that are tracked in WAM's robust database, assessed and compared year to year:

1. Number of workshops offered.
2. Number of women or girls successfully completing course. Assessed with quizzes, tests, hand on competency demonstrations.
3. Number of women or girls creating original music or media projects.
4. Number of girls who are aware of music/media technology careers before and after course sessions.
5. Number of girls enrolling in music, math, science, computer courses in middle or high school classes.
6. Number of women pursuing higher education and four year degree programs
7. Number of women WAM places in internships, paid positions.
8. Number of students using online training materials at SoundChannel.org
9. Number of schools/universities adopting SoundChannel.org training materials
10. Number of artists recorded at WAM's recording studio.
11. Number of women receiving professional credit on a music or media project.

Highlights of WAM's Accomplishments:

• WAM is celebrating its 13th year and has provided 1000+ workshops to over 7,000 young women and girls in music production and the recording arts.
• WAM was visited by the White House Office of Social Innovation in 2010 to learn about WAM's revolutionary methods of educating young women and girls as part of President Obama's “Educate to Innovate" program.
• 287 women have been placed in highly competitive paid positions with: GRAMMY winner Tracy Chapman, Pixar, Electronic Arts, Yoshi's, SFJazz, Comedy Central, etc.
• WAM engineers have recorded 62 international artists from 14 countries in the WAM studio. Last year alone WAM recorded artists from Vietnam, Mexico, Turkey, Brazil, Peru, Sweden, Samoa, Japan, India and Iran.
• 74 women gained professional credits as recording engineers, music producers, sound designers, editors, and mixers.
• WAM's recording studio was named “Best of the Bay" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. WAM's recording studio is the only studio in the world run entirely by women.
• WAM recorded 6 music projects with GRAMMY-winning string ensemble, Kronos Quartet.
• WAM has received media coverage through ABC News, USA Today, Huffington Post, KQED, Grammy.com, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian, CNET, Mix Magazine, Pro Sound News, Performer Magazine, The Bay Bridged, Electronic Musician, KFOG, and KPOO.

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Financials

Womens Audio Mission

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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