Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mamas in Music (MiM)?
Mamas in Music (MiM) is global community of mothers working in music, who have come together to connect, offer mutual support and empower each other to fulfil our true potential in an industry where we are currently undervalued and ignored.
We believe the world needs to hear the voices of women and mothers more than ever before, but women who make music are too often disregarded as soon as they become mothers.
So we’ve come together to build a platform where we can really amplify the important perspectives, compassion and incredible talent this overlooked demographic can bring.
Ultimately, we want to just want to continue to do what we do best, other than being a mum… make music.
Who is the community made up of?
We are inclusive and open to anyone who works in the music industry and fulfils a parenting role, or to anyone who supports our community’s vision and goals.
Where are you based?
the moment most of our members tend to be based in London, UK, Los Angeles, New York City, and Nashville, but members are welcome to to join us from anywhere across the globe.
How often and where do you meet?
At the moment we mostly meet online, networking through our Mamas in Music Facebook Group and monthly ‘Mamas Meet’ Zoom sessions, where we come together to share our successes, struggles and offer support.
We are very excited to be working towards our first ‘offline’ events in 2022 which will give our members the chance to meet and network in real life, including our first showcase night at The Bedford in London and our first UK songwriting camp, sponsored by PRS.
How can I join MiM?
Most members find us through our social media platforms on Facebook and Instagram, but you can also join the community via our mailing list (I feel like we should be offering this, we could easily create one via the new site?).
Sign up here to receive invitations to our regular Zoom calls and our upcoming events.
When did MiM form?
Mamas in Music (MiM) was formed in 2019 by London-based singer/songwriter Mary Leay and Tiff Randol, an artist, composer, songwriter, and producer based in Los Angeles.
Six weeks after giving birth Tiff suddenly found herself without a management team, and quickly realised she would struggle to balance nurturing her musical career with navigating the crazy/beautiful first year of motherhood on her own.
She began to develop an idea for a platform that could support mothers in continuing to make music, as well as giving more of a a voice to mothers in the industry. After sending out an email looking to connect with other musical mothers, she reached Mary.
Mary recalls: “That email was like somebody turned on a light inside of me. Once my daughter arrived I felt very alone and didn't have a clue how I would balance my career and motherhood. I just knew that after dedicating my entire life to my ‘first baby’ - music - I was determined to make it all work.
“The idea of creating a platform to disrupt all these disheartening feelings and help women to thrive and continue making music, while also being amazing mothers, seemed like a no brainer. I was in!"
After sharing everything from breastfeeding and sleep advice to their mutual experiences in the industry and the anxieties they both faced about their careers, the seeds for ‘Mamas in Music’ were formed.
Tiff says: “We looked at every aspect - from the practical struggles of being a musical mother e.g. childcare, not being able to get to sessions, missing out on writing camps - to the harmful stereotyping and preconceptions we had already experienced and knew was deep-rooted in the music industry.”
Now their babies are both toddlers and they’re all getting a bit more sleep, Tiff and Mary are working hard to build this exciting new home within the music industry for hard working musical mothers across the globe.
What has MiM achieved so far?
We have amassed an organic community of more than 500 followers on our social media pages.
We have created a private Facebook Group for MiM members where they can connect and offer advice and support to each other. (Several of our members have also formed smaller ‘accountability’ groups recently, designed to help each other overcome challenges and realise their ambitions.)
We have established ‘Mama Meets’, our monthly zoom meet ups which cover a wide range of topics and regularly attract new members into our fold.
We have recently launched our ‘Mama Talks’ podcast series, which is recorded live and available as a video on YouTube and our social media pages, and will also soon be available as an audio series on Spotify
We have secured a distribution deal for Mamas in Music under Burnside Distribution / The Orchard
What are you working on next?
After securing a grant from PRS, we are working to launch our first UK songwriting camp for mothers in 2022, in partnership with Girl Grind UK and Peak Music UK - then looking to create more in the US and beyond.
November 2022 we will be co-hosting a live event at The Bedford in London supporting BBC Introducing artist Roma Rose (who also received a PRS grant for her EP release) to help launch her EP, which focuses on themes of motherhood and mental health. We will also explore opportunities to create grants for other MiM Artists, similar to the one Roma received which has been so invaluable in supporting her musical ambitions.
We will continue to offer virtual events designed to help nurture and support our members, including free sessions with mental health and wellbeing consultants that will offer life coaching, hypnotherapy and somatic breathing.
We will build on the success of our first joint networking event last December, which gave our members the chance to network with the ‘Moms Film Fest’ community - and look for more opportunities to network and build connections with similar groups.
We are developing a series of MiM Production Library albums to be released with MPath Music / APM Music, an award-winning music library focused on women composers.