The Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a San Francisco, US, nonprofit organisation that teaches sound production to women, has received a $25,000 (£14,565/€18,363) grant from Google.
As one of five winners of the ‘Giving Through Glass’ contest, WAM will also receive the company’s new wearable computer, Google Glass.
WAM currently serves over 800 students per year, but executive director Terri Winston wants to expand the organisation’s reach to educate many more. She tells ABC7 News: “I jumped out of my seat and did a little scream off the phone [when I found out]. I was extremely excited. That infusion of cash for us is big.”
The donation of Glass also means that WAM will be able to broadcast its classes to a much wider audience outside of its tiny control room. “There’s, like, 15 girls and I’m like, ‘So you actually have to all crowd around and I don’t know if you can see what I’m doing,'” explains instructor Kelley Coyne, “so the Google Glass is going to be really great so they can actually see what I’m seeing.”
Coyne also plans to use the donation to start broadcasting live classes online to students around the world. “[Audio production has] been such an important part of my life, and I really think that more women should know about it.”
Main picture: Recording engineer Leslie Ann Jones with WAM at the 135th AES Convention in New York (photo: Noelle Duncan)