The second annual Women In Live Music (WILM) Awards took place on December 17, recognising the most talented professionals in the world of live sound.
Held at Signature Brew in east London, the event honoured those working across all disciplines of the live music sector, from FOH and monitors engineers, to tour managers and lighting technicians.
Founded by Malle Kaas and Hannah Brodrick two years ago, WILM serves as an online-based networking hub for women working in the live music sector. It also host educational seminars and workshops across Europe for both experienced professionals and those just starting out.
Kaas told PSNEurope: “When we first started the WILM awards last year, we were curious to see how many names we could get on the list. It touches us to see how many talented and competent women there are out there. We were not aware of this – and that just shows that women might have a tendency to shy away rather than make others aware of themselves. That’s a shame and something we would like to change. It has caught us by surprise how important this prize has turned out to be for women in the industry. We have had so many wonderful and touching words from some of the nominees there were grateful to be acknowledged. Maybe that says something about this industry.”
She continued: “Most importantly, however, is that the WILM award gives us a reason to throw a party! But seriously, it is a great opportunity for women from all over Europe to meet, network and be aware of each other in general. And for our partners, supporters, male colleagues etc. to meet some of the few female colleagues there are.
You can read our interview with Kaas and Brodrick on WILM’s work and ambitions for 2020 here.
You can see the 2019 WILM Award winners in full below.