Manitoba Music Gear Up Speaker Series: Gender Equity in Audio Recording and Music Production


Chloe Alexandra Thompson
Hill Kourkoutis
Simone Torres


  • March 9, 2022 - Showtime: 7:00pm
  • March 16, 2022 - Showtime: 7:00pm
  • March 23, 2022 - Showtime: 5:00pm


Online via Manitoba Music's Facebook and Youtube

Manitoba Music is celebrating International Women’s Day throughout the month of March with the launch of a new three-part speaker series: GEAR UP (Gender Equity in Audio Recording and Music Production). 

Women have been massively underrepresented in the audio production world, making up only 2% of all producing positions across the 2020 Billboard Hot 100 songs, according to The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s 2021 report. Women and non-binary people working in music production – and particularly BIPOC producers and engineers  – face substantial barriers to participation and a lack of opportunities for mentorship, experience, and career growth. 

Featuring prominent women engineers and producers, the virtual speaker series aims to create connections with aspiring women and non-binary audio engineers and producers and established professionals alike, and build awareness of the issues in the music community through discussion of career journeys, creative and business mentorship, and lived experiences. The GEAR UP Speaker Series is made possible by the support of FACTOR and Manitoba Film & Music.

The series kicks off March 9 at 7PM with Simone Torres, a multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated engineer, vocal producer, and vocalist from New York. 

Producer, songwriter, composer, artist, musician, and director Hill Kourkoutis will join on March 16 at 7PM. Kourkoutis just earned a 2022 JUNO Award nomination for Recording Engineer of the Year, the first woman to ever do so at the JUNOS.

On March 23 at 5PM, Cree interdisciplinary artist and sound designer Chloe Alexandra Thompson will be featured. 

The speaker series builds on the important work established through the Equalizer series of audio production workshops, a partnership with artist and producer Joanne Pollock. 

The GEAR UP Speaker Series will be streamed live via Manitoba Music’s Facebook and YouTube.