Sponsorship // Volunteering // Donations
Come to a YSWN event and meet other women, girls and non-binary people who share your interest in sound and music technology.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or already doing your own thing, all are welcome. At our workshops, you can try out an activity and learn new skills – from making beats with live coding to making your own electronic instrument. Meanwhile, our socials are informal meetups where you can chat, share tips and come up with new ideas in a friendly, encouraging setting.
Many events are free or involve only a small charge to cover the cost of materials. So why not find out what’s happening in your area?Events
We value and promote mentoring and knowledge sharing. Do you have an idea for a workshop that you could deliver to YSWN members?
Workshops so far have included soldering noise instruments and contact mics; live coding using ixi lang and TidalCycles; sound design in Ableton Live and much more.
Or you might like to offer a talk, informal session or space to explore an idea, host improvisations, instrument making or something else…Share Your Skills
You don’t have to be an expert sound engineer or a champion cable-coiler to help out at a YSWN event – although if you are, please get in touch!
It takes many pairs of hands to make our events succeed, from assisting with planning and publicity, to helping move and set up equipment. Maybe you’re a qualified first aider, or can pitch in with transport or childcare, to help make our events accessible to as many women and girls as possible. Whether small or large, we’d be grateful for your contribution.Events
There’s always plenty happening behind the scenes at YSWN, and as we develop, we’re getting ever busier. As a growing organisation, we want as many people as possible to hear about our work.
You can help by sharing our news and events on social media and in your own networks. If you’re part of another group in music or technology with similar aims, keep us posted with what you’re doing and we’ll try to share your news too. And if you have experience in marketing and publicity and would like to volunteer your skills for YSWN, we’d love to hear from you.
YSWN commissions freelance work from artists, artist leader educators, administrators, project managers, consultants and others in the roles that are essential for longer term sustainable work.
If you would like to be in our pool of paid associates please read our Call for Paid Associates and Skills & Diversity Audit and send in your application. We’d love to hear from you. We are really keen to hear from people of underrepresented ethnicities and people with disabilities. It is not a guarantee of work as roles depend on funding success, fundraising and the size of the pool. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.Contact
Help Yorkshire Sound Women Network to inspire and enable more women and girls to explore sound and music technology and create a flourishing industry. You can make a difference whether as an individual or an organisation:
Donate to support YSWN and receive some of our lovely merch in return! Your donation will help YSWN to:
Your donation is hugely valuable to YSWN. Here are some examples of what your donation could support:
Could support travel costs for someone with limited means to access valuable YSWN events.
Could support equipment costs associated with YSWN skill-sharing workshops such as software and sound equipment.
Could contribute to industry professionals providing valuable mentoring support to women seeking employment within the sound and music industry.
Could help YSWN to advocate within the industry for flexible working practices and improved progression opportunities for women.
Could pay for a group of young women with limited access to such opportunities to participate in a music technology workshop led by an inspirational professional musician.
Could contribute towards a paid internship for women seeking work experience within the sound and music industry.
You can set up your Supporter payment to YSWN online via Paypal using the buttons above. You can also use PayPal to set up a one-off donation for any amount if you do not wish to become a supporter of YSWN.
Alternately please contact Heidi Johnson, Development Manager at email@example.com to arrange an individual bespoke donation.
You can also apply to become a Paid or Volunteer Associate of YSWN.
We are keen to hear from organisations who would like to support women in sound. This can be through offering financial resources, internship opportunities and/or in-kind support including equipment, software, meeting/workshop/studio space, and marketing materials.
YSWN can offer industry partners consultancy services and training on supporting women in the sound and music workforce. To discuss how your organisation could benefit from an association with YSWN, please contact Heidi Johnson, Development Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ableton have supplied us with two Push devices and 40 user licences for the YSWN community to learn with.
Funding from ACE’s Grants for the Arts supported YSWN to undertake a series of organisational development activities in 2017-18.
Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy are providing support for professional development events building YSWN fundraising capacity.
ISME is supporting our WIRED: Music & Tech for Girls project delivering music technology education activities across Yorkshire in 2019-20.
Funding from Kirklees Council’s successful bid to the Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool supports YSWN staffing, industry internships and showcase music events.
Music For All is supporting our WIRED: Music & Tech for Girls project delivering music technology education activities across Yorkshire in 2019-20.
The PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund supports the Huddersfield & Hull Professional Development Programme for Women Composers of Electronic Music.
YSWN is a founding partner in the EQL Directory, created by SoundGirls and supported by Spotify. Read more about it on our blog or visit makeiteql.com
The University of Huddersfield currently supports YSWN by funding our Development Manager role. Other support since YSWN’s launch includes access to music technology resources and equipment, and provision of meeting spaces.
Youth Music is supporting our WIRED: Music & Tech for Girls project delivering music technology education activities across Yorkshire in 2019-20.
Audulus donated free user licences for their synthesis platform, enabling workshops and sustained learning of the software.
The first ever meeting of YSWN was held at iQ Gaming in Huddersfield, who provided a free space to meet.
The Live Code Research Network sponsored a day of live coding workshops in December 2015.
Funding from Rosa’s Voices from the Frontline Programme supported YSWN to commission its Volume Up! music industry advocacy document and film.
Sheffield Hallam University funded 10 workshops as part of the Catalyst: Festival of Creativity.
Audible Genius is the creator of Syntorial, video-game like synthesiser training software that teaches users how to program synths by ear.
Many thanks to DINA Venue and Access Space for generously hosting the monthly Sheffield socials.
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