OU Students Launch “Women In Music Industry” Organization

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Inspired by an empowering panel discussion on Women in the Music Business at this year’s South by Southwest trip, five female students in Ohio University's School of Media Arts and Studies formed a new student organization devoted to helping female students find mentorship, professional development, and networking in their music industry pursuits.

The name of this new student-run organization is Women in Music Industry at Ohio University or WIMI for short.

"Co-founding WIMI is one of my greatest accomplishments during my time at OU,” said Callie Reynolds, a senior Recording Industry major. "I'm sad to be graduating, but I hope the group I've helped create will be just as beneficial to future female media students as it has already been to me."

With the help of School of Media Arts and Studies Instructor Josh Antonuccio, WIMI began developing a mentorship series with female professionals from various fields within the music industry.

Those involved in WIMI attend these regular mentoring sessions via Skype and also meet weekly to discuss professional opportunities and how to advance their career goals.

The WIMI mentorship meetings began last week with an in-depth conversation with LJ Malberg, the Director of Client Development for Ticketmaster. Her invaluable advice gave the WIMI members answers to their questions about how to succeed in the music industry, as well as a vision of how they should plan and develop this new community of female student entrepreneurs.

The WIMI mentoring schedule for April features an amazing array of women who are helping to shape today’s music industry, including: Portia Sabin (president of the influential record label Kill Rock Stars), Rebecca Gates (co-founder of the iconic Subpop band The Spinanes and an advocate for artists), Mara Schwarts (founder of Superior Music Publishing) and Megan Ramhoff (promotions manager for PromoWest).

The group has also made plans to host a WIMI Breakfast with Breaking Bad/Walking Dead Music Supervisor Thomas Golubic during his visit to the Ohio University campus on April 14.

Junior Kylie Gyurgyak summed up it up this way: "Being a part of WIMI has already been beneficial after just a couple of weeks. I’m excited for what’s to come!"

To find out more about WIMI activities, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @OU_WIMI.