Saffron launch digital members' club for womxn in music techPosted on: 04 Aug 2020
The members' club, Saffron Members, will provide year-round tools and opportunities.
Launched five years ago in Bristol, Saffron is a non-profit organisation working to redress the gender imbalance in the music tech industry.
As it stands, the music tech industry is composed of just 5% women – a figure which Saffron aims to boost with its training programmes focusing primarily on music production, sound engineering and DJing.
The organisation also runs a successful artist development program and record label, Saffron Records.
In doing so, the non-profit creates a safe space for women, female-identifying and non-binary people (womxn) to learn and build confidence.
Now Saffron is expanding, with the launch of its digital members' club, Saffron Members.
Saffron run a DJ workshop series called Mix Nights (pictured) | Photo by Ash Reynolds
A tiered digital club on Patreon, Saffron Members will provide year-round tools and opportunities for womxn to connect, learn and grow in music tech.
Members of any tier will have the chance to take part in a monthly online workshop - Tech Dissect - which will include music production and engineering masterclasses.
Other perks across all tiers include member newsletters, plus music tech discounts and freebies.
Speaking of the launch, the Saffron team said:
"The ongoing repercussions of COVID-19 compelled us to look at more concrete methods of supporting our global community of women and non-binary people (womxn) in music tech, as well as ways to ensure a sustainable future for our organisation.
"We were inspired by the learning and togetherness found in the three online Tech Dissect sessions we hosted in partnership with Ableton in May and June, with sign-ups from hundreds of folks in over 30 different countries and amazing guest hosts Emmavie, object blue and Yazzus.
"We felt we had to find a way to continue... and so began the creation of Saffron Members.
Introducing SAFFRON MEMBERS - a new digital members club providing year-round tools and opportunities for women and non-binary people to connect, learn and grow in music tech! Get the full lowdown & subscribe now: https://t.co/p1sOAZ2jib pic.twitter.com/fTMF6L78TO— Saffron (@SaffronRecords) July 30, 2020
There are three tiers of membership, priced at £5, £12 and £22 per month. Monthly subscriptions are available for womxn to purchase for themselves.
As with Saffron's previous work, the club aims to remove barriers facing womxn in music tech, taking an intersectional approach to redressing the gender imbalance in the industry.
An individual or an organisation can "pay it forward", purchasing a subscription for someone in the community who isn't able to afford it themselves. Saffron will allocate these subscriptions on an anonymous basis.
Several free bursary subscriptions have also been made possible by Abbey Road Studios and Ableton.
To find out more, visit saffronmusic.co.uk/members.
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