AUSTIN, Texas—University of Texas at Austin freshmen will have the opportunity to hear five women prominent in the Texas music scene Wednesday (Oct. 20) in a panel moderated by Austin Chronicle music writer David Lynch.
“Women Promoting Texas Music Genres” is part of the UT Center for Women’s Studies’ fall series on Women Setting Arts Policy. The discussion, which will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building 2.204, is sponsored by the Center for Women’s Studies and the Freshman Seminar Program. The general public is welcome.
The panel will focus on the business aspect of promoting music — how to get recorded, how to get noticed, how to get air time, how to get bookings and how to build an audience.
The diverse panel of local female musicians, managers and music directors will include: Susan Walker, president of independent Austin record label Tried and True Music and head of Goodknight Music, the company that manages her spouse, singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker; songwriter, saxophonist and keyboard player Lisa Mednick, formerly of the band, Song Dogs; Rose Reyes, assistant director of Texas Folklife Resources and former manager of Tish Hinojosa, who has worked extensively on minority outreach programs with the Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Department of Commerce; singer/songwriter Zein Al-Jundi, world music director of KOOP, 91.7 FM, host and producer of “Dance Around the World” and “Arabic Coffee Pot,” and owner of World Music & Dance Productions; and Claudia Williams, founder and director of the acclaimed Austin-based gospel choir, The Voices of Christ, which was named Best Vocal Group at the Clarksville Jazz Festival.
The event is part of Women’s Studies’ yearlong “Women, Leadership, and Policy” thematic lecture series.