Kickstarter Teams up with shesaid.so to Support Women and Nonbinary Folks in the Music Industry

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The shesaid.so team
The shesaid.so team

This October, Kickstarter is teaming up with shesaid.so, a global community of women in the music industry, to offer funding to five Europe-based women, trans, and nonbinary folks interested in attending MEETSSS, their inaugural conference. Taking place October 3–6, 2019, in Portimão, Portugal, MEETSSS will feature workshops, discussions, panels, and more for music executives, artists, and others working in entertainment. The conference is open to people of all genders.

A shared mission of empowering creators and supporting creative work

Launched in 2014, shesaid.so is an international community of women working in all areas of the music industry, from record labels to artist management to tech. Through events, panels, showcases, mentorship programs, and more, they aim to connect and empower underrepresented communities and increase the presence and visibility of women in the music industry. Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, the shesaid.so community comprises some 13,000 members in New York City, Paris, Berlin, Mumbai, and many other cities.

“When we sat down with shesaid.so founder Andreea Magdalina and heard her story, there was such a clear, natural fit between our two communities,” says Christoph Nagel, Kickstarter’s International Manager Europe. “Their vision is to connect and empower underrepresented communities in the music industry, with a focus on women and nonbinary folks. As a Public Benefit Corporation with the mission of helping to bring creative projects to life, Kickstarter is likewise committed to the arts and advocating for a more creative and equitable world.”

Applications are open for the MEETSSS funding program

As the first step in a broader partnership between Kickstarter and shesaid.so, we’re offering funding to five women, trans, and nonbinary folks based in Europe who are interested in attending the conference but wouldn’t otherwise have the means to attend. Each grant will include travel fare, a delegate pass, and accommodation for the three nights of the conference.

If you’re interested in attending MEETSSS, you can learn more and apply here; applications are open until August 28, 2019.

There’s more to come from our partnership with shesaid.so, so stay tuned for more news and events in the next few months!