Last night ASCAP kicked off its three-day "Women Behind the Music" series in New York City – an event designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community. The series not only focuses on female songwriters and artists, but also managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers.
ASCAP Vice President of Membership, Rhythm and Soul, Nicole George recognized the need to support fellow industry women. “I know how hard it is to work in this industry because it is considered a male-dominated industry," she explained. "Whenever we can get the opportunity to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of women in this industry, I think it’s a great idea. There are so many women that fly below the radar when it comes to honoring women in the industry. We do this because people don’t realize it is intimidating to make your voice heard in a room full of men.”
Renowned DJ and founder of Black Girls Rock, Beverly Bond, was among the night’s honorees. “This is exciting for me, I am being recognized for the thing that gave me my foundation,” said Beverly. “I saw greatness that came before me, and I tried to make sure that I respected the game. I wasn’t a model DJ and I wasn’t someone that was getting a pass because I was a girl. I really went the extra mile to make sure I was respected for my skills and for what I brought to the table and then I continued that on with Black Girls Rock. To even speak out from within about what was inappropriate that was being projected to our young girls.”
Additional honorees for the series include Island/Def Jam Music Group VP of Business and Legal Affairs, Nicole Wyskoarko; Universal Music Publishing Senior VP and Head of East Coast Operations, Jessica Riviera; Attorney, Bernie Lawrence Watkins; Singer/Songwriter, Tameka “Tiny” Harris; Grammys West Regional Director, Lizzy Moore; ICM Partners Concerts Agent, Caroline Yim and FOX VP of Music and Production, Mamie Coleman.