November 9, 2019

Making Waves: Women in Music, Art and Business Panel Discussion

Making Waves: Women in Music, Art and Business Panel Discussion

Date(s) - Saturday, November 9, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bishop's Lounge

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***How can gender identity be mobilized to catalyze change?***

***How can we, as music, arts and business professionals, as women, support each other to make a positive impact on our community?***

PRIA Music Marketing invites you to a special panel discussion focusing on women in music, art and business in the Valley. Featuring a community discussion led by local music professionals and artists, we will explore the central question of how gender impacts how women navigate their arts careers, and how we can leverage the challenges and opportunities inherent in being a woman in music, art and business to affect change and make an impact on our community

Event info:
Bishop’s Lounge
41 Strong Ave. 3rd Floor Nothampton, MA
Panel Discussion: 7pm

This panel is a part of the Lilith of the Valley: Sea of Change event, which starts after the panel at 9 pm, also at Bishop’s Lounge.


Sue Paquet (Simon Says Booking)
Emma Ayres (Old Flame, The Shea Theater)
Kelley Bryant (The Woman’s Fund of WMA)
Mara Penatzer (The Greys, Dwellings)
More TBA

Lilith of the Valley: Sea of Change
The Lilith of Valley: Sea of Change celebrates and honors the impact that women musicians, artists and business owners have on our community. At this, the 6th in the series, we have chosen the theme “Sea of Change” to pay homage to the many ways, big and small, that women affect change. Presented by PRIA Music Marketing, Lilith of the Valley: Sea of Change addresses the feeling many of us face today that, wherever we look, it seems there is another fight to be fought. Protest comes in many forms and we look to artists and musicians, the creators, to remind us of our collective humanity and that we do have the power within us to create a tsunami of positive change in our world.

The show will feature four talented bands/artists, including Topsy (front woman Hannah Mohan of And The Kids), Valley favorites pop indie rockers The Fawns, world/reggae/folk/soul outfit Rebirth band and Kat Alexander (lead woman of Lunar Carnival) with a bluesy solo electric set. The event will also host artist vendors and we will be fundraising for women’s rights and equity projects with Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.

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Mara Penatzer (Moderator)
The Greys, Dwellings
Mara Penatzer is a musician and aspiring social worker based in Amherst, MA. As a pianist, she toured and recorded with hip hop theatre project Mixed-Race Mixtape, and currently performs with music/poetry project Dirty Words and jazz-inspired indie rock band The Greys. She and bandmate/creative partner Cait Simpson founded and direct Dwellings, a women-led non-profit working to promote equitable and intentional booking practices and work to make performing arts spaces safer for artists, audiences, and entertainment workers.

Sue Paquet
Simon Says Booking
Sue Paquet has been a talent booking agent at Simon Says Booking for nine years. She has worked with 125 different bands from all over the country during that time, including many bands in the Pioneer Valley. As a booking agent, she solicits gigs and negotiates payment on behalf of the bands. She books routed tours in every area of the US. Sue lives in Warwick MA where she’s renovated an antique farmhouse and enjoys gourmet mushroom cultivation and continues to work as a fine art photographer in the traditional black and white print medium as well.

Emma Ayres
Old Flame, Shea Theater Arts Center
Emma Ayres is a playwright, director, educator, activist, musician, and performer. She is currently working on a folk opera about the socio-political history of the flooding of the Quabbin, which will premiere this Spring 2020. Emma is also the Program Coordinator & Marketing Director at The Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA.

Kelley Bryant
Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts
Kelley Bryant is the Communications and Events Manager at the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM), a public foundation which fuels progress for gender equity by funding promising solutions, collaborating with results-oriented partners, and elevating the collective power of local women to lead with purpose. Being with the Fund for over a year, Kelley has amplified the Fund’s mission in many ways including managing the promotion and publication of the research report on the Status of Women and Girls in Western Massachusetts, 2019.

Jessica Lapinski, Realtor
River Valley Co-op
Loretta Kane Hairstylist
Valley Free Radio
The Buzz, A Honey Pot Production
Ronin Audio Productions

Original Artwork by Andrea Newland Arts