Women face a unique set of challenges in the male-dominated music industry. The Female Indie Musician Community (FIMC) was created to give women a safe place to be seen, heard and found for their musical talent.

Female musicians, Catherine M Thompson and Sheila Veerkamp, joined Beth Matthew and I for a discussion about the state of women in the music industry, the unique struggles we face and how we get through them. Joining a community of fellow women in music has given them the encouragement, empowerment and support to create music and make money from it. Join the Female Indie Musician Community, a free group and valuable resource for women in music.

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Catherine M Thompson

  • Acapella singer, songwriter and poet
  • Career in dance and arts education
  • Currently working on 3rd EP
  • Family history of working in the arts
  • Catherine M Thompson song project
  • Occasional performer at open mics and poetry mics

Sheila Veerkamp

  • Teaches piano and voice
  • First album recorded out of her home a couple years ago
  • Comes from a generation that appreciates all music genres
  • Lots of vocal training, writes string parts for her songs
  • Hoping to do more writing and more recording
  • Writes music

What female musicians have experienced

  • Male dominated culture on every level
  • Exoticism of women in music (e.g. female drummer, female musician, etc)
  • Males are more responsive to other males
  • Importance of platforms for women
  • Women are not equally represented at festivals

What female musicians can find in Female Indie Musician Community

  • Community inclusive of all ages
  • Advice on navigating a male dominated industry
  • Audience for music
  • Personal connections
  • Women who do music on their own terms
  • Bree’s FREE courses – Time Management, Musician’s Profit Path, Profitable Musician Summit
  • Advice and suggestions
  • Empowerment

Why contribute to Patreon

  • Able to make a small contribution each month (as opposed to making one large donation)
  • Ongoing contributions
  • Painless and easy
  • Rewards at each donation tier
  • Tons of free info and resources for free/no membership fees

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Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists atwww.wosradio.com. Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram