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Global Non-Profit ‘Women in Music’ Launch India Chapter

A collective of powerful musicians and industry professionals united for the inaugural event

Jessica Xalxo Aug 29, 2019

(From left) Sukriti Kakar, Prakriti Kakar, Aditi Singh Sharma, Priyanka Khimani, Neeti Mohan, Jonita Gandhi, Harshdeep Kaur, Shalmali Kholgade and Lisa Mishra kickstart WIM’s India chapter at the launch event on August 26th. Photo: Women in Music

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A global not for profit organization with a mission to advance female contribution and visibility in music, the Women in Music (WIM) initiative led by lawyer Priyanka Khimani (India Chair, WIM) unveiled its India chapter on Monday, August 26th. As an organization, the WIM aims to build and foster creative and business ties among women across the media and entertainment industries, as well as create opportunities and partnerships through a powerful and evolving network. 

Founded in New York city in 1985, the WIM is the longest-running, leading global body dedicated to promoting gender parity and women’s visibility in music. Khimani is not the lone spearhead at the fore of WIM in India. She is joined by a core team of music industry professionals and artists across the intersections of business, media and the creative arts, as they kickstart the country’s first chapter. The launch event saw musicians Shalmali Kholgade, Neeti Mohan, Sukriti Kakkar, Prakriti Kakkar, Harshdeep Kaur, Aditi Singh Sharma,Jonita Gandhi and Lisa Mishra unite to front the cause. They were also joined by other stakeholders in the industry, notably representative giants from Universal Music, Sony Music, Netflix, Warner Music Group, Saavn, Red FM and more. 

Membership to WIM is open to all individuals, irrespective of gender, so long as they support the mission of Women in Music. The organization will employ a unique mix of showcases, awards, youth initiatives and seminars to aid and celebrate female contribution to music in India while strengthening community ties. Ultimately, the WIM aims to advance awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities and other cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment and more importantly, recognition.

“It is an honor to be organizing the first event for Women in Music in India. The WIM team is a powerhouse organization with an inclusive membership, comprising of women from multi-faceted backgrounds,” said Khimani. She believes that the organization does a tremendous job of pushing boundaries in the music industry, opening it up for even more women. “It is great to finally be bringing WIM’s vision to India. We are excited to get started!” she added.

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