A pilot New York City program, Sound Thinking NYC is addressing gender disparity in the music industry by providing free education and career path programs for women in 11th and 12th grade. Launched by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the inaugural three-week program took place this July with 40 students, representing all five New York City boroughs. The students were introduced to music production, audio technology, and sound recording through hands-on workshops and field trips to studios. They attended leadership sessions and panel discussions with women industry professionals.
A total of 85 applicants applied in this first year. Next year they hope to expand the program to two camps of 50 students each, further expanding to 100 students by 2020.