Women in Music's LA chapter is run by a group of tireless and dedicated women who work throughout different parts of the music industry. We look forward to meeting you out at an event soon!
LA Chapter Lead & Board Director
Sari has been involved in WIM since helping launch the organization in Canada in 2014. After moving to New York, she joined the board as the Co-Chair of the Communications Committee. After moving to LA at the start of 2017, and starting a new position in the Corporate Communications division at Concord Music Group, Sari took on leading the LA chapter.
In 2003, Sari launched her first online music magazine and began freelance writing. In 2009 at the age of 18, Sari founded a boutique marketing and communications agency in Toronto, Ontario. By 2015, Delmar was awarded a Stevie Award in the Young Entrepreneur Category, an International Women Achiever's Award in the Entertainment category, and listed in ProfitGuide's Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs. She was profiled in the Globe & Mail, asked to speak internationally at a number of conferences, and housed a happy team of 15 staff. Her agency, AB Co., became a trusted partner to start ups and large corporations like GooglePlay, Jägermeister, French Connection, Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and more. As such, AB Co. became one of the fastest growing agencies in the Canadian music & culture industry, and thus, she became one of the youngest CEO's.
Sari also has a deep passion for leadership and organizational culture, and writes about it often here.
Liz Garard is the Chairperson and Founder of Nap Girls and lives in Venice, CA. She is also the Community Manager at Bkstg, an app for communities of music fans. She graduated from Vanderbilt University, majoring in marketing and women’s studies.
Kathleen Wirt has owned the legendary boutique studio 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica since 1989, and has been the sole owner since 2001. Described as a "groovy little hideout," the studio has helped launch the careers of many artists, engineers, and producers. Hailing from Missouri with an English degree, Kathleen also belongs to NARIP, NARAS, and SPARS. As the former VP of Membership for LAWIM, she now looks forward to facilitating the transition of those members as they join with WIM - LA.
Su-Rmi Givens began her career in Public Relations, creating strategic integrated marketing campaigns in B2B, entertainment, gaming, technology, fashion, hospitality and e-commerce. She shifted careers to the music industry where she worked in A&R at the Island Def Jam Music Group. After the labels seperated, she continued in the same role at Island Records.
Currently, Givens works in Business Affairs at Interscope Records. She manages artist creative delivery and repertoire, overseeing Studio Hub under UMG’s Strategic Operations label process initiative. Givens liaisons with producers, songwriters, mixers and managers to execute business processes with every department at the label, including Production, A&R, Marketing, Licensing, TV & Sync, etc. Additionally she ensures all necessary clearances are obtained for the release of a song and/or video from third party contributors and outside record labels & publishers.
Givens is a futurist with an entrepreneurial spirit. She is a self-proclaimed music and technology junkie. In her spare time, she attends on average one show a week, travels the world, and immerses herself with various philanthropic efforts on a global scale. Givens is also a board member for the Universal Music Women’s Network (UMWN).
Trina Campbell is the Senior Marketing Manager at Killer Tracks, a production music library owned by Universal Music Publishing Group. Killer Tracks produces music for content creators in film, TV, advertising, brands, production companies and digital media, to name a few. She develops marketing strategies to promote their library, as well as the Killer Artist Series. Shortly after joining Killer Tracks, Trina joined the board of the Universal Music Women’s Network. She also has a background in event production, including shows such as the American Music Awards and Billboard Awards. Trina is a graduate of East Carolina University and a member of NARAS, The Grammy Museum and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Events Vice Chair
A native of Los Angeles, Moya Nkruma fell in love with the classical arts and the entertainment industry at a very young age. An accomplished opera singer, Ms. Nkruma has starred in several opera productions and musicals, including Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s La Traviata and Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story, just to name a few. In addition to her love of performing, Moya also has a strong passion for the business side of music. Using her ear as a musician and her experience as a performer, she understands the creative process, the discipline required to achieve certain artistic aesthetics, and what it simply and complexly means to be an “artist”. She has held creative positions at BMG Music Publishing and was the Associate Producer for KPFK 90.7 FM’s afro-beat show, “Radio Afrodicia” hosted by DJ Nnamdi Moweta.
Currently, Moya Nkruma is the Associate Director for the Rhythm & Soul/Urban dept at ASCAP in the Los Angeles office, where she is responsible for procuring new songwriter/producer talent, cultivating new and existing industry relationships, and produces several live events throughout the year (i.e. showcases, writing camps, award shows, etc). Drawing on these experiences, coupled with her knowledge of the current trends of the music industry, Moya hopes to continue to assist in the creative development of artists and advocate for music creator rights.
Natasha Pasternak is an artist in the most honest sense of the word. As a songwriter, composer, multi instrumentalist to a producer and performer, you could say making art is in her blood and bones.
Classically trained in acting, voice and dance at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada. She established her career as a musician in the Canadian music scene for several years, working with some of the top musicians, producers and record labels the country. After accomplishing many goals in her career, it still left her wanting more. Natasha set off to bigger horizon’s and headed to Los Angeles, CA to co-write pop music and deepen her technical skills in music production. She currently resides and creates in Los Angeles, CA.
Asya is the Founder & Publisher of Fusicology, the source for progressive soul music & culture since 2003; A hub for new music, artists and content for the urban alternative movement.
The site, newsletters and app provide event listings and lifestyle marketing now to over 20 markets along with viral promotion. Shein describes herself as an “cultural curator, community builder and lover of soulful music, branding & technology.”
Asya began as a rave event promoter at the age of 15 and at 20 started started her own DJ agency, booking various iconic hip hop, soul and house music artists in North America, Japan and Europe.
In 2003 she founded Fusicology and the rest is Her-Story ... 2018 will commemorate the 15 Year Anniversary & the launch of FuseLife.
Fundraising and Events Vice-Chair
Kristen works at Universal Music Group managing the daily operations and communications of Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group and Billboard’s #1 Most Powerful Person in Music 2016, 2015 & 2013. She also founded the Universal Music Women’s Network, the companies first employee driven group.
Asst. Project Manager
Arianne Ahimsa recently graduated from San Diego State University with her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. She was in the Top 10% of her graduating class and is a member of the business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. Arianne is currently the US Manager of a UK based digital agency, Beautiful Digital.
Amanda Tufeld began her career in music publishing at SONGS in 2012. In the role of Creative Services, Amanda helps to ensure that all of SONGS writers’ needs are being met and all communication is getting where it needs to go, both internally and externally. She is currently responsible for taking care of over 80 active songwriters - in both the business and creative sense. Amanda has set up over 500 sessions for her writers in the last five years, many of which have been placed in ads, films, and television.
Elizabeth Henderson is a music industry professional with over ten years of specializing in synch licensing and media. Elizabeth has held positions at IDJ Records, Universal Music Publishing, and has recently joined the synch licensing team at Warner/Chappell Music. Elizabeth graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in French. As well as French, Elizabeth also speaks and is currently studying Swedish. Her interests include music, pop culture, politics, travel, good books, foreign films and international TV.