What is the WMBA?

The Women’s Music Business Association (WMBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering opportunities within the music industry through education, networking, industry involvement, community service and organizational fellowship.

How and when did the WMBA get started?

The concept for WMBA was born in the spring of 2001. The initial meetings were just a few friends from different areas of the music industry getting together, talking about their jobs and their personal goals in the business. Each month more and more women began to attend and it became a more structured forum for women to help women along their career paths in the entertainment industry. It eventually evolved into the fully incorporated Women’s Music Business Association that we know today, attaining its official non-profit status in 2010.

What can I expect at a WMBA meeting?

Meetings range from seminars, panels and special guest speakers, to discussions on the music industry and networking opportunities. Speakers have included:

TIFFANY (Pop Artist)
JoDee Messina (Country Artist)
Two Foot Fred (Country Artist and Speaker)
Nan Kelley (TV Host – GAC)
Cindy Heath (Publicist)
Virginia Davis (Artist Manager)
Kyah Hillis (Celebrity Stylist)
Kevin Herring (Lyric Street- Promotion)
Abbe Nemeche (Dreamworks)
Tammy Genovese (Country Music Association)
George Flanigen (Deaton Flanigen)
Beverly Keel (journalist)
Rhonda Parman (Hair/makeup stylist)
Mike McGrath (Tour Manager)
Renee Grant Williams (vocal coach)
Linda Edell Howard (Entertainment Lawyer)
Lori Stone (SunTrust Bank)
Tia Sillers (Songwriter)
Katie Bryan (The Recording Academy)
Susan Nadler (Bandi Records)
Dann Huff (Producer/Musician)
Lon Helton (Country Aircheck)
Victoria Shaw (Artist/Writer/Producer)
Jo Walker Meador (CMA/Fan Fair/ CMhofF)
MaryAnn McCready (FBMM Partner/Business Manager)
Jamie Mayberry (TN Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission)
Robert K. Oermann (Country Music historian & critic )
Bart Herbison (NSAI)

When and where does WBMA hold meetings?

 Meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM. The meeting location is dependent upon the agenda.

How are officers selected?

Once a year in October, WMBA members vote for a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, two Membership & Marketing Committee Chairs, and two Events & Education Committee Chairs.

How much is dues and where is my money going?

Dues are $40 and are paid annually in February. The money goes toward WMBA expenses such as events and supplies, and is used at the discretion of the committee.

What are some of your Social Activities?

The WMBA’s social activities vary from year to year and have included wine tastings, picnics, baseball games, happy hours, lunchtime networking, industry mixers and more. The WMBA also organizes group outings to concerts, festivals, movies and other events around Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

What have been some of your Community Service events?

The WMBA and its members have been involved in numerous charity organizations, including:

Toys for Tots
Habitat for Humanity
United Cerebral Palsy Association
YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter
American Stroke Association
Nashville Rescue Mission
Special Olympics
Ronald McDonald House
Salvation Army
Angel Tree
Martha O’Bryan Center
Local Nursing Home Visits
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Epilepsy Foundation
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
Leadership Music
WO Smith Community School
Sound and Speed