◎旨在增加音樂產業中女性人數的非營利組織She Is the Music（SITM）與Step Up合作推出了新的輔導計劃，其中包括5萬美元的捐贈。這是在Step Up的2019年激勵大獎頒獎典禮上作出的公告，SITM在典禮上獲頒獎項，由創作歌手Lauren Jauregui代表該組織領獎，還演唱了她的歌曲〈Expectations〉。
◎在這個新的合作夥伴關係中，SITM和Step Up將幫助高中女生介紹音樂產業幕後的許多不同職業，並確保他們擁有邁向加入音樂產業的第一步所需的技能和機會。該計劃最初將聚焦於洛杉磯和紐約，實地考察不同的音樂工作場所、暑期實習以及在Step Up涵蓋聲音、表達和身份認同的課程中學習。
◎SITM是於去年12月由歌手Alicia Keys、她的錄音工程師Ann Mincieli、環球音樂出版集團董事長兼執行長Jody Gerson、WME合作夥伴兼東岸音樂部門負責人Samantha Kirby Yoh共同組建推出。她們因為看到南加大安納伯格包容倡議於2018年1月提出的音樂行業報告而決定採取行動；該報告表明了女性在音樂行業中承受的巨大不平等。該研究報告稱，2012年至2017年期間，600首最受歡迎的歌曲中，只有22.4%的表演者是女性，另外還包括其他調查結果。
The She Is the Music (SITM) nonprofit working to increase the number of women in the music industry unveiled its new mentorship program in partnership with Step Up on Friday (May 31) with a $50,000 donation in support.
The announcement was made during Step Up's 2019 Inspiration Awards, where SITM was honored with an award accepted by singer-songwriter Lauren Jauregui on behalf of the organization. Jauregui also performed her song "Expectations."
Step Up is a non-profit focused on empowering girls in under-resourced communities through their educational journeys and into their professional careers.
"It is such a blessing to be living in a moment of our industry's history that is so focused on uplifting the woman's voice in the heartbeat of music... [SITM programs] shine light on the insurmountable talent that women embody, especially when they are uplifted and nurtured by one another," said Jauregui.
She added, "I know I and so many of us in this room are grateful to witness the rise of the woman's voice in music; An era of bringing our own stories and perspectives to life with one another."
Mentorship is SITM's third key program with the goal of educating, mentoring and developing the next generation of women in music. Its other programs so far are all-female songwriting camps and leading on a global database of women creators in music.
In this new partnership, SITM and Step Up will help introduce high school girls to the many different careers that exist behind-the-scenes in music and making sure they have the skills and access needed to take their first steps towards joining the industry. The program will initially focus on Los Angeles and New York with field trips to different music workplaces, summer internships and study under the Step Up curriculum that covers voice, expression and identity.
SITM was launched last December by Alicia Keys; her sound engineer, Jungle City Studios' Ann Mincieli; Universal Music Publishing Group chairman/CEO Jody Gerson; and WME partner and head of East Coast Music department Samantha Kirby Yoh. The quartet were moved to action by a music industry report from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in January 2018, which highlighted enormous inequalities for women in the business. The study reported that only 22.4 percent of performers of the 600 most popular songs from 2012-2017 were women, among other findings.
The Annenberg Initiative, Billboard Media Group and Universal Music Group have since committed resources and support to the organization, which focuses on three initial pillars: all-female songwriting camps, an industry database of women creators and a mentorship program. SITM has also added Executive and Creator committees including the likes of Ariana Grande, Missy Elliott and Billie Eilish.