SoundGirls announces that the Gaston-Bird Travel fund has been established to increase the presence of women and those that identify as women at trade conferences. Women who have been invited to speak, or sit on panels at audio related trade conferences are welcome to apply.
Many audio-related conferences and conventions are male-dominated. Women in various posts on social media have written, “I’d love to be part of this panel, but I don’t have the funds to go.” All-male panels at audio-related trade shows are currently the norm.
Women and those identifying as women who have been invited to speak at a conference related to audio or at a technical conference on a topic related to audio and conference organizers who would otherwise not have funds to attract women experts in the field are encouraged to apply.
Awards are made depending on availability of funding. Applicants are notified by email of their acceptance usually within two weeks of submitting the application and dependent on funding available. Funds will be dispersed via PayPal.
The funds will be hosted by SoundGirls and sponsors will be sought who can earmark funds for the travel fund. Sponsors can make a tax-deductible donation here or contact [email protected] for more information. Application information is available at the link below.