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November 3rd 2017

Women-Focused Musicians' Residency Featuring Rainbow Girls and Kendra McKinley November 8-12

If you need a break from the bad news of devastating natural disasters and political infighting, take a moment to listen to the uplifting sounds of the Rainbow Girls, and Kendra McKinley. These two women-led bands were chosen to participate in Project AMPLIFI‘s third Musicians’ Residency, November 8-12 in West Marin, and they are inspiring in many ways.


The competitive Musicians’ Residency seeks out musicians who use their talents to support positive solutions to major challenges of our day. This latest batch of Musician Residents not only make brilliant music, they are active in fighting for social and environmental justice, gender equality, and women’s reproductive rights. Project AMPLIFI’s decision to focus this Residency on women-led bands, came from observing the significant challenges that female artists face in being underrepresented, disrespected and underpaid in the industry.


During the Residency, the artists are fully hosted at a working farm in West Marin, where they are treated to healthy food, wine from sponsors Rodney Strong Vineyards, outdoor exercise and bonding activities, presentations by industry leaders, practice time to work on new material, and two performances at Smiley’s Saloon and Hotel, in Bolinas, on Friday 11/10 and Saturday 11/11. Now, for the first time, the Residency will also include a recording studio session, courtesy of Left Coast Recording Company in San Rafael. This special space will allow them to capture material developed during the Residency.  

Posted by Leila Monroe


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