2017 in Review

What a year it’s been! The AWFC has taken a leading role in the much publicized diversity conversation occurring in Hollywood and beyond. Our efforts to increase the visibility of women composers within the industry have included the addition of women to discussion panels and presentations during major festivals and conferences.

Here is a list of the AWFC events for the last year:

AWFC Holiday Party @ The Pikey

AWFC Professional Development Series:
George Clinton & Amit Cohen “Becoming a Composer’s Assistant”

AWFC Sundance Brunch

AWFC Professional Development Series:
Business Management Breakfast Hosted by Catherine Grealish

Richard Kraft Event

John Rodd “Breathing Life Into Your Virtual Instruments”

Women’s Image Awards: AWFC vice president Kathryn Bostic Performed

Women In Media Panel: Laura, Kathryn, Catherine, Nora, Lolita

Professional Development Series:
Stephanie Economou and Harry Gregson Williams

TV Academy Enrollee Party:
AWFC Leadership Present: Lolita, Catherine

AWFC Professional Development Series:
Tech Breakfast with Vanessa Garde

ASCAP Women Who Score Panel:
Opening remarks by Tracy McKnight, Lolita Ritmanis
Moderator: Jon Burlingame
Panelists: Stephanie Ecomonou, Carly Paradis, Pinar Toprak, Lesley Barber
ASCAP Lunch for AWFC leadership

AWFC Tribeca Event

AWFC Professional Development Series:
Sean Callery and Julia Newman

AWFC proud to be a sponsor for
The Future Is Female concert organized by Tori Letzler

AWFC LAFF Event with Kathryn Bostic

AWFC Professional Development Series:
Germaine Franco, Laura Karpman, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

AWFC Professional Development Series:
Lolita Ritmanis Topic: Family/Career

AWFC Summer Party at Lolita’s

AWFC Professional Development Series:
Questions and Answers with
Entertainment Lawyer Charley Londoño

AWFC Professional Development Series:
Catherine Grealish Indie Composer Hustle

Various Emmy Awards related events, mixers, etc
including “Diversity Mixer” Lolita or Catherine present at these events

Women in Media Leadership Brunch – Lolita and Catherine attended this event (see separate sheet)

Women In Media Relaunch Party

Film Powered and AWFC Event

Professional Development Series:
Penka Kouneva – Scoring Video Games

AWFC Membership Meeting hosted by George S. Clinton

AWFC Professional Development Series:
Demystifying Sundance with Jarom Rowland

AWFC Holiday Party @ The Pikey

Professional Development Series:
“The Artist/Composer” with Starr Parodi and Jeff Fair
In addition, Starr will discuss scoring award winning trailers, live performance projects, as well as collaborating with her husband Jeff Fair who will join us for a portion of the workshop

AWFC Sundance Brunch

Professional Development Series:
Monetizing Your Music with Miriam Cutler, Joel Goodman, and Dae Bogan

Annual Membership Meeting

For RELEASE October 13, 2017

We, the community of composers, songwriters, orchestrators, arrangers, music supervisors, music editors, agents and executives, align with a commitment to stand up against sexual harassment and gender discrimination. It is our responsibility to unify on this front. From within our organizations and beyond, we pledge to work together to identify safe avenues for reporting harassment and discrimination and build a network of responsibility and action that can effectively address these issues within our own community.

Allied Organizations:

The Alliance for Women Film Composers
Lolita Ritmanis, President, Co-Founder & Board Member
Laura Karpman, President Emeritus & Co-Founder
Miriam Cutler, Co-Founder & Board Member
Kathryn Bostic, Vice-President & Board Member
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Treasurer & Board Member
Chandler Poling, PR & Board Member
Catherine Grealish, Executive Director
George S. Clinton, Board Member
Stephanie Economou, Board Member
Germaine Franco, Board Member
Peter Golub, Board Member
Penka Kouneva, Board Member
Jarom Rowland, Board Member

Allegro Talent Group
Patty Macmillan, Owner & Agent
Jennifer Sutman, Vice President  of Operations
Jessica Matsui, Associate
David Andrew, Associate

American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers
Kim Richmond, President
Gayle Levant, Vice President
Charles Fernandez, Vice President
Bonnie Janofsky, Secretary
Jill Ferguson, Treasurer

Chassen & Company
Jeff Sanderson, Publicist

Costa Communications
Ray Costa, Publicist

Evolutions Music Partners
Seth Kaplan, Partner
Christine Russell, Partner

First Artists Management
Vasi Vangelos, Agent
Alexander Vangelos, Agent

Fortress Talent Management
Robert Messinger, Partner
Rich Jacobellis, Partner
Randy Gerston, Partner
Jake Kozarec, Agent

Greenspan Kohen Management
Anita Greenspan, Agent

Guild of Music Supervisors
Thomas Golubić, President

Kraft-Engel Management
Richard Kraft, Partner
Laura Engel, Partner
Sarah Kovacs, Agent
Jeff Jernigan, Agent

The Krakower Group
Beth Krakower, Publicist

A Muse Management
Michal Marks, President

The Society of Composers & Lyricists
Ashley Irwin, President

Soundtrack Music Associates
John Tempereau, Agent
Koyo Sonae, Agent
Isabel Pappani, Agent

Sundance Institute Film Music Program
Peter Golub, Director
Jarom Rownland, Manager

White Bear PR
Chandler Poing, Publicist
Thomas Mikusz, Publicist

Women in Film Music Committee
Tracy McKnight, Chair
Christine Belden, Co-Chair
Loreta Muñoz, Co-Chair

Women in Media
Tema Staig, Executive Director

White Bear PR
(310) 230-5678

Key Findings

READ THE WHOLE REPORT: 2016-17 Women in Independent Film Report

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2015/2016 Year in Review

What a year it’s been! The AWFC has taken a leading role in the much publicized diversity conversation occurring in Hollywood and beyond. Our efforts to increase the visibility of women composers within the industry have included the addition of women to discussion panels and presentations during major festivals and conferences at:

The visibility from these events has generated growing coverage of women composers with articles featured in Emmy Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Alliance for Women Film Journalists.

Our culminating effort in this year took shape with The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live, an orchestral concert through Grand Performances. With the partnership of The Film Music Society and White Bear PR, and the support of numerous sponsors, including support from major studios like Warner Bros, Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Sony Pictures.  The resulting project highlights the work of 20 of the industry’s leading women composers. Read Billboard Magazine for more of the story.

And finally, to punctuate the importance and success of our first year, a wonderful honor has been bestowed upon the AWFC President, Laura Karpman. In July, Laura was elected to the music branch of the Board of Governors for the Academy for Motions Picture Arts and Sciences. As a founding member of the AWFC, it is clear that Laura’s visionary passion for diversity will be a valuable addition to this institution.

What’s Next

We’re off to a great start and there are no plans to slow down. As we look ahead to the next year, our primary goal is to continue our influence, driving the industry conversations on diversity and championing the inclusion of creative women in media. Among the ideas we’re considering for development over the next year include establishing an annual membership meeting & networking events in Los Angeles, a salon-style discussion series and possibly a mentorship program, plus our ongoing annual brunch during the Sundance Film Festival. Honoring the achievements of women composers featured at Sundance. With over 110 women composers joining the AWFC over the past year, we have a wealth of talented and passionate members who wish to be engaged in more inclusive conversations and activities.

Thank You!

The acknowledgement and support for AWFC’s mission has been amazing. Our mission has been confirmed with a swell in global membership that exceeds 110 female composers with credits spanning multiple media disciplines. The women composers, supporting members and donors who have joined with AWFC prove that there is a true need for advocacy, education and an on-going dialog regarding the inclusion of women in all media outlets. To these ends, we sincerely thank you for your continued encouragement and support. Together, we are powering positive changes.

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