Never before has hardware been so important for working. We need good devices and strong connections to keep up with the times! For this reason, I am beyond happy to be one of the recipients of the Black Artists Grant for March 2021, as it allowed me to get a new computer. Now, I will be able to optimise my workflow to the benefit of my online performances and projects like Cafemnee, Success Beyond The Score and Time For My Music.
‘Time For My Music’ is the name of the community group for female musicians that I created alongside my Cafemnee team, wishing to provide a safe and welcoming environment to have conversations, share resources, improve ourselves and create music together.
I am happy to announce that the website for ‘Time For My Music’ is complete and online, meaning that you can get a membership and start learning and working in your music today!
In this occasion I want to talk about Noval Smith, a brilliant music producer who has been in charge of the keyboards for Not Just Jazz, and who also collaborates with me in Cafemnee, my project to empower women in music.
As the director of Cafemnee, I am proud to present ‘Time for My Music’, an online community group that evolved from the virtual activities we made during the lockdown and that aims to offer a space for females in music to connect, share, learn and advance themselves.
When the times come that society opens up for dialogue and collective improvement, the consideration of intersectionality becomes more important than ever. Obstacles pile up the more of these “little boxes” society manages to fit you in: race, gender, age, financial status, health condition, etc. Cafemnee is a project I created many years ago with the firm purpose of removing some of those obstacles and open the path for artistes, more specifically, for female musicians.
This episode brings the opportunity to check our options and draw a map together so each one of you can choose the most promising path to a stable income from the internet.
We now have a platform with private forums where members can share exercises and WIPs for others to provide feedback. We have a gallery of lessons that they can revisit whenever they want. We had videocalls and shared screenings, we learned together to use a wide arrangement of virtual tools. It was enriching, it was empowering, and it allowed us to rise together against the challenge of the pandemic.
This marks 20 episodes of Success Beyond The Score! What started as a friendly little effort to help the musicians I know find their way in the professional music world has turn into a major resource with five starts in iTunes, and I could not be happier.