In this edition, our goal is to let aspiring young creatives know there are many roles available in the music and entertainment industry beyond performing onstage—it takes many people behind the scenes to make the industry tick. From songwriters, session musicians, lighting, producers, engineers, graphic designers, licensing, A&R, record labels, publicists, promoters, photographers, administrative assistants, managers, roadies, luthiers, teachers, executives, music journalists—even editors like me—and the list goes on!
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Within these pages, you will find articles on what it takes to make it in the industry; trust me, as Deborah Fairchild of VEVA Sound explains, “Be prepared to pay your dues.” We chatted with women across many different roles to highlight some of the positions in the industry, from artists to executives to publicists and even a painter. You will find that several of these women started in entry-level positions and worked their way up to senior leadership roles, and in some cases, even founded their own companies. In addition, our contributors offered up some advice based on their years of experience!
Nikki O’Neill chatted with some industry professionals in her article “Careers in Music Beyond Performing,” and Deborah Fairchild of VEVA Sound gave us some tips earlier this year on what she believes it takes to make it in the industry in her article “Interested In A Music Industry Career? Be Prepared To Pay Your Dues.” Bandzoogle offers a few tips on how guitarists can promote their music with a website.
Cover artist Caroline Jones is not only an artist but she also has her own radio station called Art & Soul. We spoke with several executives: Deborah Fairchild, President of VEVA Sound, who started with the company as an archival engineer; Stacey Bedford, CEO of Bandzoogle, who started with the company as a support technician; and Alison Ball, President of TuneGO, who has worked in the industry her entire career. Ebonie Smith is a producer and audio engineer for Atlantic Records and founder of Gender Amplified in New York. Candace Avery is the founder of the International Songwriting Competition.
We have Jill Pavel, who owns Publicity Nation PR and Heartsongs Records. Cover artist Rissi Palmer is a recording artist and is also involved in charity work as well as her own radio show on Apple Music called Color Me Country. Well-known brands D’Addario and Seymour Duncan join us with Suzanne D’Addario Brouder as the Executive Director of the D’Addario Foundation and Cathy Carter Duncan as the CEO. Known as the Folk Rock Diva, Lilli Lewis recently released her new album Americana and co-founded the Black Opry Fest.
When not performing with the Molly Miller Trio, Dr. Molly Miller teaches at the Los Angeles College of Music. The Fret Sisters use the internet to spotlight women in music, and Shira Yevin crashed the Vans Warped Tour in 2004, launching the first-ever stage for female-fronted bands called the Shiragirl Stage. Sharon Cline, Master Painter for Dean Guitars USA, knows her way around a paint shop and has been painting guitars for several decades, getting her first gig with Parker Guitars.
For reviews, we tried out the new Fender Sonoran Mini Acoustic, the Fender Dual Marine Layer Reverb pedal, the Nancy Wilson Epiphone Fanatic, D’Angelico’s Excel Series Gramercy XT Grand Auditorium A-E, Pigtronix Moon Pedal Dynamic Tremvelope Phaser, Pigtronix Gamma Drive Analog Overdrive, Pigtronix Infinity 3 Deluxe Stereo Double Looper w/ MIDI, and Singdaptive.
For lessons, Nikki O’Neill teaches us how to make songs memorable with “Righteous Rhythm.” Oh…and lest I forget, we’ve added a new section on Health & Wellness., and then, of course, our tips and fun stuff! Another action-packed edition!