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Introducing Herizon Music Foundation

Herizon Music Foundation (formerly Backstage Chats Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission is to promote gender equity in modern music by amplifying the voices and careers of women in music through education, experience, and role modeling.

One value our foundation holds true is that “Music is the Great Uniter.” Music brings together people from different cultures, age groups, races, and economic status. Many creative young women often feel like they don’t fit in at school, or they don’t have a female mentor, or like-minded female friends. Add to that the isolation that COVID-19 has presented, and mental health becomes a top priority. By providing a safe community to learn new skills and gain experience, girls learn to advocate for themselves, squash imposter syndrome, and can bust through glass ceilings and gatekeepers for an equal chance at success in the music industry and beyond. 

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You may be surprised to learn that gender disparity in the modern music industry exists at a level that surpasses inequity in the technology and transportation sectors. While women make up 50% of listening audiences and concert attendees, we are sorely underrepresented on stage, on air, and behind the scenes. Here are just a few of the surprising statistics:

% of female GRAMMY nominees 2013-2018

% of female songwriters of 600 most popular songs
2012-2017

% of female sound engineers in the United States

% of female artists on Billboard’s Top 20 Country Airplay Chart, Dec 2018

Whether you want to be a branded sponsor or an anonymous donor, lifting these women up will lift you up. Their stories remind us to be dreamers, to be rule breakers, and to unleash our inner rock stars!

Herizon Music’s current core programs include:

** Scholarship grants for teen girls in need to attend music/sound camps **

** Production of the podcast “Backstage Chats with Women in Music” featuring trailblazers and rising stars in all roles of the industry (both on stage and behind the scenes)**

** Development of a new music business education series taught by women for women**

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Thank you for your support!

Thea Wood, President/Host

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