About

Women’s Audio Mission addresses two critical issues:

  1. Less than 5% of the people creating the sounds, music and media in the daily soundtrack of our lives are women.
  2. The alarming 70% decline in women/girls enrolling in college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs since the year 2000.

Women’s Audio Mission uses music and media and an incredible “carrot” of a training environment –  the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women –  to attract over 1,200 under-served 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.

WAM’s accomplishments include:

  • 300+ women have been placed in paid positions with Google, Pixar, SFJazz, NPR, Dolby Laboratories, KQED, Comedy Central, Tracy Chapman, Animal Planet, Electronic Arts, etc
  • The White House Office of Social Innovation visited WAM to learn about WAM’s revolutionary methods of educating young women and girls.
  • WAM was recently featured on NBC News: http://wam.rocks/wamNBCnews
  • WAM was named “Best of the Bay” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
  • 1,200+ classes given to 7,000 women/girls over 13 years
  • WAM’s recording studio is the only professional recording studio in the world built and run entirely by women.
  • WAM has produced and recorded albums for over 120 artists from 21 countries, including Grammy-winners Kronos Quartet, acclaimed author Salman Rushdie for NPR, Angélique Kidjo (2014 Grammy Winner), Oscar-nominated film, “Dirty Wars”, award-winning singer Tanya Tagaq, and St. Lawrence String Quartet, providing work experience for 180+ women.
  • WAM was awarded Google RISE Awards in 2015 and 2016 for our integration of computer science into our curriculum.