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Sound Thinking NYC Addresses Music Industry Gender Disparity


A pilot New York City program, Sound Thinking NYC, addresses gender disparity in the music industry by providing free education and career path programs for young women in 11th and 12th grade. It was launched by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), City University of New York’s Creative Arts Team, and the nonprofit NY Is Music. The inaugural three-week program took place in July with 40 students, representing all five New York City boroughs. They were introduced to music production, audio technology, and sound recording through hands-on workshops and field trips. They attended leadership sessions and panel discussions with women industry professionals. The program hopes to expand to 100 students by 2020.

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