Alanis Morissette, Corinne Bailey Rae, Caroline Polachek, Catherine Marks, Laura Sisk and Jennifer Decilveo will be honored at the inaugural Resonator Awards on Jan. 30 at Beauty & Essex in Hollywood. The invite-only event is presented by We Are Moving the Needle, a non-profit organization that is working to advance gender equity for producers and engineers.
Resonator Impact Awards will also be presented to music executives Michael Goldstone of Mom+Pop Music and Christine Thomas of Dolby Labs for their commitment to advancing gender equity across the music industry. SiriusXM on-air personality and music journalist Jenny Eliscu will host the Resonator Awards, which are empowered by EqualizeHer.
The awards dinner will also recognize the first inductees to the Resonator Hall of Fame, which honors legendary producers and engineers who “paved the way.” Six of the honorees have won a combined total of 34 Grammys – Alicia Keys, Leslie Ann Jones, Darcy Proper, Trina Shoemaker, Ann Mincieli and Claudia Brant.
Other Hall of Fame inductees include Linda Perry, the most recent woman to receive a Grammy nomination for producer of the year, non-classical (five years ago) and Sylvia Robinson, the late singer, record producer and label executive who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in the non-performer category) in 2022.
More Hall of Fame inductees are Marcella Araica, Lenise Bent, Lynne Earls, Angela Piva, Susan Rogers, Trina Shoemaker, Pat Sullivan and Terri Winston.
“This inaugural Resonator Awards invites the music community to come together and connect in a profound commitment to advancing gender inclusivity in the studio,” said Emily Lazar, a Grammy-winning mastering engineer and founder of We Are Moving the Needle. “This is more than a celebration, this is an historic moment where we will shine a light on a set of phenomenal creators—not because they are women, but because they are powerful producers, engineers, and artists whose work from behind the console has inspired us all. Actions speak louder than words, and this moment not only increases visibility, access, and representation, it inspires the next generation of talent to break barriers and reinvent the future of the industry.”
Lazar made history in 2019 as the first female mastering engineer to win the Grammy for best engineered album, non-classical for Beck’s Colors. She founded We Are Moving the Needle in 2021 to help close the gender gap in the recording studio.
Since it was established, We Are Moving the Needle has awarded more than $425,000 in scholarships to women and non-binary talent to attend audio education programs globally. In addition to scholarships, recipients receive support from a WAMTN soundBoard mentor to further guide them in advancing their careers. More information at wearemovingtheneedle.org.
Here’s a quick recap of the recipients of the 2024 Resonator Awards, with presenter information where available, as well as a brief description of the award, drawn from a press statement.
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