50+ All-women and feminist sound/music tech collectives, co-ops, non-profits

Groups set up with a specific focus on providing knowledge, information, skills and network sharing opportunities, offered formally or informally through events or online resources specifically established for women, non-binary and trans people.

Here is a list of groups that centre and support women in music/sound/audio tech. It offers examples to help people interested in joining a group, or starting one locally. Please contact me if you're aware of others that might included. Also contact me if you want to collaborate with me on the development of this list to show particular kinds of information such as inclusion, size and operational model (i.e. collective, business, network, social enterprise). Last updated March 2nd 2018 20:00pm [will be updated regularly]
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Analogue LadiesOnline'This group is for ladies of all kinds who LOVE analog synthesizers!'
Association of Canadian Women ComposersCanada'The Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC/AFCC) is the only professional association of women and women-identified composers and musicians in Canada. It actively supports music written by Canadian women. The ACWC promotes its members on this website, and publishes a bi-annual Journal highlighting activities and articles of interest.' included because this association clearly includes sonic arts and audio based practices.
Audible WomenAustralia'Audible Women is an online directory for women who make some kind of art that can be listened to. It is open to women who make sound, sound art, noise and music (acoustic or electronic) with a bit of an experimental and exploratory bent—interpret that as you will.'
Babely ShadesOttawa// MTL// Toronto'We are a collective of people of colour from the Ottawa arts and music scene who seek to bring visibility and awareness to local artists and issues against marginalized groups. Our end goal is to dismantle the white supremacy in our communities in order to allow more folks of colour to participate in local arts.'
Beats By GirlzNorth America 'is a non-traditional, creative and educational music technology curriculum, collective, and community template designed to empower females to engage with music technology.' Chapters providing education, supported by online resources
DiscwomanUS NY based'Founded by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, Emma Burgess-Olson and Christine McCharen-Tran, Discwoman is a New York-based platform, collective, and booking agency—that showcases and represents talent in electronic music. Started as a two-day festival in September 2014 at Bossa Nova Civic Club Discwoman has since produced and curated events in 15+ cities—working with over 250 DJs and producers to-date.'
Electronic GirlsItaly - VeniceLabel, collective and projects
Electronic LadiesGermany 'What is Electronic-Ladiez.Net?
Electronic-Ladiez.Net is a small local network of women who make electronic music for those who like electronic music. ,
Our focus is on composition, production and performance and less on "classical" DJing.'
Fair Play NetworkFrance'FAIR_PLAY is a network designed to promote the visibility to the practices of female identifying and trans artists in the fields of sound art, experimental, electroacoustic and alternative music and related arts and techniques.'
Female FrequencyNorth America'Female Frequency is a community dedicated to empowering female, transgender & non-binary artists through the creation of music that is entirely female generated.'
female:pressureInternational 'female pressure is an international network of female, transgender and non-binary artists in the fields of electronic music and digital arts founded by Electric Indigo: from musicians, composers and DJs to visual artists, cultural workers and researchers.'
Gender AmplifiedUS NY based'Gender Amplified is a nonprofit organization that aims to celebrate Women in music production, raise their visibility and develop a pipeline for girls and young women to get involved behind the scenes as music producers. The movement also connects passion for music with technical skills that can be used in a wide range of scientific and arts based fields, areas in which Women are traditionally underrepresented.'
Girls Pressing ButtonsOnline'Girls Pressing Buttons is a global initiative to engage girls and women of all ages in creating music. Through community, sharing of experience and information and promoting artists and similar causes, we hope to bring visibility to the movement and those involved through sharing information, artists, methods, and hosting workshops. Contact us if you'd like to be a contributor.'
Girls Rock Camp AllianceInternational'The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international membership network of youth-centered arts and social justice organizations.'
Girls Rock London UK London'part of a movement of rock camps that take place all over the world, united by a desire to achieve gender equality in the music industry and to ensure that all girls and women get the chance to make music. The aims of the project are to empower girls and women - regardless of previous musical experience - to write and perform music, and to build self-confidence.'
Go Girls MusicUS Houston - Texas 'GoGirlsMusic.com is the oldest and largest online community of indie women musicians. Our mission is to promote, support and empower indie women in music.' Now closed but check out the message.
Her NoiseUK'Her Noise Archive is a resource of collected materials investigating music and sound histories in relation to gender bringing together a wide network of women artists who use sound as a medium.' Includes events and guest curators
Her Sound Her StoryAustralia Various significant outputs including Her Sound Her Story Film 'The initial concept for Her Sound, Her Story came from observing the constant conversation about gender inequality and imbalance within the music industry and the arts in general. Believing in the power of art and it's capacity bring people together as well the importance of storytelling, the project was born.'
The International Alliance for Women in Music International'...an international membership organization of women and men dedicated to fostering and encouraging the activities of women in music, particularly in the areas of musical activity such as composing, performing, and research in which gender discrimination is an historic and ongoing concern.'
In The LoopCanada'A free workshop series introducing women to the basics of electronic music creation, recording and history.'
Konstmusiksystrar [Contemporary Sisters]Sweden'Art music sisters are a network of composers and artistic artists that define themselves as women or transgender and are at the beginning of their creation. On our website we have an ever increasing list of our members. Art music sisters act as a safe environment where our members can meet without a doubt, share experiences, create music and change the current structures within the art scene.'
LadyfestInternational'Ladyfest is a community-based, not-for-profit global music and arts festival for feminist and women artists. Individual Ladyfests differ, but usually feature a combination of bands, musical groups, performance artists, authors, spoken word and visual artists, films, lectures, art exhibitions and workshops; it is organized by volunteers.'
Ladyz in NoyzInternational'- Series celebrating women experimental/fringe/noise/sound artists/musicians. increasing gender diversity & visibility w/in music.
- international inclusive collective network that furthers those with similar missions and individuals alike.'
LARMSweden'LARM culminated in a manifestation of women's activities in the art of sound with the LARM Nordic Sound Art Festival at the Culture House in Stockholm March 30 - April 22, 2007. ' 'LARM seems to grow and maintain the archive, and by contacting the LARM group by mail, interested artists may submit their presentation.'
Listening to LadiesInternational'Listening to Ladies is a podcast which first aired on September 26th, 2016. The episodes feature excerpts from interviews with composers who are women, interwoven with samples of their work. Interviewees include established, emerging and under-recognized composers from the USA, Canada, Argentina, Israel, Iran, Scotland, England, and Australia.'
Malta Sound Women NetworkMalta'[We] aim to bring like-minded women together; to share knowledge and skills in music and sound technology, sonic arts, production, audio-electronics, and anything to do with using kit to create sound!'
MintBerlin'Mint is a platform for women - DJs and producers - working in electronic music, founded by Zoe Rasch and Ena Lind in 2013.' 'Mint's goal was to promote visibility amongst female DJs and acts. The platform has been providing female artists with opportunities to showcase their talent, develop their skills and expand their network.' 'Mint is now defunct since 2017.'
Normal Not NoveltyUK London'Networking space for producers, writers, engineers, DJs meeting at #NormalNotNovelty at Red Bull Studios London'
New York Women Composers, Inc.US New York'The mission of the New York Women Composers, Inc. is to create performing, recording, networking, and mentoring opportunities for its members, and to work for the betterment of all women concert-music composers. We believe that continually focusing attention on music by women composers will hasten its full inclusion in the concert repertoire.'
OmniiUK London'London collective for female and non-binary producers/engineers/sound manipulators'
OpensignalUS'Opensignal is a collective of artists based in providence RI with a concern for gender and race in electronic music/art. stay tuned for more recordings, conversations, and performances!'
The Other WomanUK London '..a music network dedicated to showcasing the best in new, upcoming and current female talent. It began as a radio show on London’s finest arts community radio station Resonance FM in 2006, as a reaction to working at the BBC and being disillusioned with radio playlists, that featured the same kind of female artist. Hearing this homogeneous sort of female vocal got really boring, and so the search began for edgy, alternative music by kick ass women.'
PolyphonesParis France'Polyphones is a space of visibility created for women in the field of sonic and musical experimentation.This is a network born out of the reality of the Parisian scene with national and international offshoots.... '
Producer GirlsUK London'...founded by London-based producer and DJ, E.M.M.A together with producer pals P Jam, Dexplicit, Ikonika and Nightwave to encourage more young women to take up electronic music production.' 'The workshops give girls who have an interest in learning music production tips, expert advice and free software to help them get started.'
Sonora Red de Ingenieras de Sonido de ColombiaColombia'Support the professional development of sound engineers, through the realization of cultural projects that include workshops, conferences, tutorials and events; oriented to generate possibilities of study and employment that increase the representation of women in the sound engineering industry.'
RiseUK'Rise is a not-for-profit, advocate group for gender diversity within the broadcast manufacturing and services sector.'
Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles Part of the Girls Rock Camp AllianceUS LA'We strive to nurture self-esteem and self-expression in girls, in a world that doesn’t always give girls permission, space, or tools to do so.

Our programs are designed to promote collaboration, build confidence, and celebrate unique and diverse voices.'
Seattle Sound GirlsUS Seattle'Seattle Sound Girls is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women and girls to develop confidence and a strong foundation of technical skills needed to excel in the fields of live music production and audio engineering.'
The Seraphine CollectiveUS Detroit 'Seraphine Collective is an inclusive, supportive and active community of feminists designed to foster creative expression and camaraderie among marginalized musicians and artists in Detroit.'
She Rock She RockUS Minnesota'She Rock She Rock is a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls, women, trans and gender nonconforming folks through the art of music.'
ShejayInternational'The world's first and largest global network and agency for Female DJs'
She Said So International'shesaid.so is a curated network of women with active roles in the music industry. Our vision is to create an environment that supports collaboration, creativity and positive values.'
SisuUK London'We are an artistic community providing a platform to primarily showcase female creativity. We also work with male artists who support female empowerment, to provide a gender-neutral creative commonality.'
The Society for Women in Technology (New York University)US New York'The Society of Women In TeCHnology (SWITCH) is a graduate student run club for women technology students at NYU and is open to all graduate and undergraduates.'
SONAUK Sheffield'Born out of regular Sheffield meet-ups of the Yorkshire Sound Women Network, SONA is a Sheffield-based group which fosters skills, creates space, generates networks, and forges collaboration to support women in learning and experimenting with sound and music practices.'
Sound GirlsUS based international organisation, with chapters worldwide.'SoundGirls.Org's vision is to inspire and empower young women and girls to enter the world of professional audio and music production while expanding opportunities for girls and women in these fields, and to share resources and knowledge through cooperation, collaboration, and diversity.'
Sound Women UK'When we started in 2011, our mission was to build the confidence, networking and leadership skills of women in radio and audio.' Sound women is now closed however they provide further links via their website.
Studio XXCanada'Studio XX is a bilingual feminist artist-run centre that supports technological experimentation, creation and critical reflection in media arts. XX assists in the independent production and diffusion of art created by artists who identify as women, queer, trans, and gender fluid in the field of contemporary technological practices.'
Syrphe Asia, Africa and Latin America'... a platform focused on music and events in the field of electronic music, noise, avant-garde, contemporary classical, electro-acoustic, industrial, experimental, sound art (...) specially from Africa and Asia but not exclusively. Syrphe tries to establish new connections and exchanges between musicians, promoters, galleries, venues, magazines, radio stations from all over the world and tends to spread above all awareness about Asian and African composers.'
Titwrench Collective Denver'We believe in promoting feminist and queer perspectives, creating access for all ages of people to experience the power of experimental art and music in a communal setting and to amplifying underrepresented voices. We strive for accessibility and inclusivity in all of our events. We believe in the power of art to effect social change, foster community and transform lives for the better.'
WOMB 2 Women of Music BusinessUK London'A new inclusive female-promoted event in London ♀️ Monthly at Number 90, Hackney Wick.'
Women in MusicInternational'Women in Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthen community ties.'
Women in Music CanadaCanada'Established in 2012, Women in Music Canada (WIM-C) is a registered non-profit organization comprised of influential members of the Canadian music industry. The organization is dedicated to fostering gender equality in the music industry through the support and advancement of women. '
Women in Music Tech US Georgia Tech in Atlanta'Women in Music Tech (WMT) is an organization which aims at (1) attracting more women into the Music Technology Program at Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (GTCMT) to get closer to parity, and (2) providing both women and men with a safe and respectful environment at GTCMT.'
Women in Sound Women on SoundUK and International'A network of networks linking individuals, groups and organisations to each other, promoting knowledge exchange that shapes our current understanding of sound and technology.
Women on AirUS Georgia - Atlanta'Women ONAIR was created as a networking platform for all women working in television & radio broadcasting.'
Women Produce MusicInternational'An artist & producer led non-profit org & network promoting & supporting the activities of music-makers, producers & engineers through a series of initiatives.'
Women's Audio MissionUS San Francisco 'the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women – to attract over 1,500 underserved women and girls every year to STEM and creative technology studies that inspire them to amplify their voices and become the innovators of tomorrow. WAM’s award-winning curriculum weaves art and music with science, technology and computer programming and works to close the critical gender gap in creative technology careers.'
Yorkshire Sound Women NetworkYorkshire and International'Yorkshire based network set up to bring like-minded women together; to share knowledge and skills in music and sound technology, sonic arts, production, audio electronics and, well, basically anything to do with using kit to make sound!'

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