PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL MUSIC NETWORK
Leaders from all walks of the music industry join to advance advocacy for women in music
The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is proud to announce the members of its newly-formed Advisory Board. Comprised of a dynamic group of leaders, its members represent a broad range of roles in the music industry. The group will serve to advise and guide the WiMN, contributing time, ideas, and resources to aid its growth and outreach.
Members of the new Women’s International Music Network Advisory board include:
- Mindi Abair – GRAMMY-nominated saxophone player and singer/songwriter
- Brian Berman – Vice President of Marketing, Guitar Center
- Janet Billig Rich – Founder, Manage This Media
- Dawn Birr – Commercial Manager, Audio Recording, Sennheiser Electronics Corporation
- Monique Boyer – Director, Artist Relations | PRO Membership, M.A.C Cosmetics
- Rob Christie – President of A&R, Robo Records
- Tish Ciravolo – President, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars
- Lisa Foxx – On Air Personality, MYfm Los Angeles, iHeartRadio
- Dinah Gretsch – Executive Vice President and CFO, The Gretsch Company
- Leslie Ann Jones – Director of Music Recording and Scoring, Skywalker Sound, and 4 time GRAMMY® Award-winner
- Karrie Keyes – Monitor Engineer for Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder and co-founder Soundgirls.org
- Beth Marlis – Vice President, Musicians Institute
- Dani Markman – Director, A&R, Disney Music Group
- Heather Dembert Rafter – Principal, RafterMarsh US
- Paula Salvatore – VP/Studio Manager, Capitol Studios
- Brad Tolinski – Editorial Director of Special Projects, AMG Parade
- Karen Webb – Founder, PR Squared Public Relations
“I am thrilled to have so many women and men from varied backgrounds aiding in expanding our ability to advocate for, educate, and provide opportunities for women and girls in the music and audio industries,” notes WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. WiMN director Bonnie Gallanter adds, “We couldn’t ask for a more dedicated and enthusiastic group of advisors. I look forward to working closely with all of them.”
To find out more about the members of the WiMN advisory board, visit www.thewimn.com/advisoryboard
About Dinah Gretsch:
Dinah Gretsch is the Executive Vice President and CFO of the Savannah, GA based Gretsch Company. Gretsch has manufactured high-quality drums and guitars since 1883. The Gretsch Company has also owned the Bigsby Vibrato company since 1999.
Dinah has been a prominent figure in the Musical Instrument Industry for almost forty years. Her prominence has been recognized by numerous awards. In 2003 the Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) presented her with the Heroes Award, a distinction awarded to community leaders in the Music Industry. In 2008, she was inducted in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the Georgia Music Industry. In 2014, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University honored her with the prestigious Betty Foy Sanders Patrons of the Arts Award. The same year she was honored by the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) with the She Rocks Award for her leadership in the Music Industry.
In support of the Gretsch mission to “ENRICH LIVES THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN MUSIC”, Dinah created Mrs. G’s Music Foundation in 2010 to fund music programs in Southern Low Country schools. She also gives grants to individuals to attend guitar and drum camps.
Dinah devotes much of her spare time serving on the Georgia Music Foundation Board and Loyola High School Board in New York City. She also serves on the Finance Board for her church, Sacred Heart in Savannah, GA. Dinah also enjoys her family time with her husband Fred, six children, sixteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.