Let’s get this party started…

It’s been a busy Summer for Sound Women.  We’ve been approaching all the women on our Sound Women inspirational 200 List – welcome Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Anita Anand, Zoe Ball and Jane Garvey!  Also Susan Marling, Kate Bland, Jane Ellison, Janet Graves, and a host of other brilliant programme-makers.  We’ll put the full list up soon.

We’ve been talking to the BBC, RadioCentre and the Radio Academy.  All have been supportive of our aims.

We’re in the process of making a short film to officially launch Sound Women at a major event very soon.

And we’re talking to a 25-girl choir, who we’re hoping will blow us out of the room at our first big networking event in November.

This website is up and running – although we plan to add more pages celebrating the work of women in audio…   Do send us a link to work you’re really proud of, or to recommend a piece of classic audio made by women, and we’ll showcase it here.

You can also now find us on facebook, LinkedIn and twitter.  Please post and get involved!

Finally, we are moving further along the road with our mentoring scheme – news coming soon –  and working hard to get funding for our leadership scheme, networking groups across the UK, tailored research, and a series of workshops.

But it’s becoming clear that we can’t do any of this without funding of some sort.  Which is where we now REALLY need your help.  We’re talking to some big companies, both in the radio industry and outside, and to some little ones too, but in the current economic climate we clearly also need to be a bit more inventive…

Could you help us raise some money?  Is there anyone in your organisation you could talk to?  Do you have a special skill that might help us out?  We’re not asking you to run sponsored marathons, more to use your skills and knowledge of the industry to think who might be prepared to support us – even a little – financially.  And to think of creative ways of running events – or something completely different – so that we can make this all happen. Could you have a think, talk to some people, get the ball rolling, and then get us on board?

There is a lot of excitement about Sound Women right now.  We have some high profile supporters, and the will to make a difference.

THANK-YOU for all your energy and enthusiasm so far.   Now it’s time to make our big ideas happen. Let’s channel a slightly scary, leotard-clad Pink, and get this party started…