We Are Moving The Needle is a nonprofit organization supporting all women recording industry professionals, audio engineers and producers. We are an inclusive organization working to create measurable change by empowering women in the recording and professional audio industry with the education, equipment and the mentorship needed to succeed at the highest levels.
The organization provides resources and support both to those at the very start of their education as well as those currently in their recording and production careers battling the overwhelmingly male-dominated landscape of the industry. The data provided by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study on “Inclusion in the Recording Studio” released on March 8th, 2021, which found that only 2 % of the producers and audio engineers were women, inspired GRAMMY winning and 8x nominated mastering engineer, Emily Lazar, to create We Are Moving The Needle to specifically address the deficit. Although the Annenberg study accumulated its findings based off of a male/female gender binary, We Are Moving The Needle is designed to be forward-facing with inclusion in mind and invites all people to participate.
We Are Moving The Needle will work to close the gender gap and bring equity and inclusion to the present recording industry as well as guarantee growth and progress for the generations to come by awarding applicants with:
-Scholarships and grants to music technology and recording programs at Academies, Colleges and Universities
-Donated recording equipment including software, hardware and other technologies
-Support from our mentorship program with access to the members of our “SoundBoard”
-Dedicated internships and entry level positions designated and reserved for our award recipients and applicants