From left to right: Neeta RagooWansi, Global Co-Chair of Chapter Expansion, Women in Music; John McKenna, Operation Respect; Mayna Nevarez, Head Global Communications Women in Music; Cassandra Kubinski Global Co-Chair of Membership, Women in Music.
New York, NY (June 12, 2019) – Women in Music, the premier organization raising awareness for women in musical arts, is the recipient of the imPAX Prize at the 2019 Midem Music Conference at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.
The imPAX prize, presented by Operation Respect, is bestowed annually upon an individual or organization making a substantial and positive social-impact contribution within the music industry ecosystem. The prize is a “pay-it-forward” deed and demonstration presented to the honored recipient within a music-based nonprofit. In addition to the noble recognition, a grant is provided in the honoree’s name to an intern, student, or professional practitioner in the music education or therapy field.
“We are so honored that Women in Music is the recipient of the imPAX Prize, recognizing the meaningful social-impact work that our hundreds of volunteers carry out across the world to educate, inspire and bring opportunities to women in the music industry every day,” says Nicole Barsalona, President of Women in Music. “With the launch of our mentorship initiative this month, we’re especially thankful to the MUSICUNITS team for awarding a grant in our honor, providing opportunity for the next generation of trailblazers!”
Launched in 2016 by MUSICUNITS, a consultancy promoting and developing music therapy programs, previous honorees include Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival and Playing For Change Foundation. Through a combination of applied medical training, musical skill, and motivated heart, these organizations are recognized for their healing and contributions towards music enthusiasts.
About Operation Respect
Operation Respect’s mission is to advance the social and emotional growth of youth worldwide via inspiring music and social-emotional learning. The organization provides professional training and tools to help children express feelings constructively, resolve conflict peacefully, celebrate diversity fully and engage compassionately. Among its special initiatives is the Parkland Students Songwriting Project. Formed in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, songs are written, recorded and performed by the students as a channel for self-expression, personal and community healing and social change.
About Women In Music
Women In Music is a dynamic group of music industry professionals working together to support, cultivate, and recognize the talents of women in our field. Through educational seminars, panels, networking events, showcases, our Touchstone Awards, and gala events, we provide camaraderie and tools for advancement to members at all stages in their careers.
The parent organization Women In Music, founded in 1985, is now in its third decade of service to the music community. The Boston chapter, launched in 2017 is the newest branch of the Women In Music organization. Our members are insured by the resources and opportunities WIM offers. We, in turn, are inspired by the wonderful contributions across all areas of the music industry.