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The Women’s International Music NetworkTM (the WiMN) announces a new event, A Musical Morning: The First Annual Women’s International Music Network Breakfast in partnership with NewBay Media. The event will take place during the upcoming NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on January 25th, 2013, at the Anaheim Marriott.

In addition to bringing together women in the industry for the first event of its kind, the meeting will launch the first annual She Rocks Awards, also in partnership with NewBay Media. The awards pay tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry.

The She Rocks Awards will include a performance by guitarist/singer/songwriter Orianthi with a trio consisting of bassist Nik West and drummer Brittany Maccarello. The ceremony will honor a number of women who have contributed greatly to the music industry. These include:

Holly Knight, producer/songwriter/artist: Knight has written number one songs for Tina Turner, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Heart, Pat Benatar (yes, she wrote “Love is a Battlefield”), Katy Perry, and many, many more. She has been nominated for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Orianthi, guitarist: At 27 years old, guitarist prodigy Orianthi has already shared the stage with some of the world’s most iconic artists including Carlos Santana, Steve Vai, Prince, and more. While performing at the 2009 Grammy Awards with country superstar Carrie Underwood, Orianthi caught the eye of Michael Jackson, and was asked to be a part of his ill-fated This Is It tour. She is currently on tour as the lead guitarist in Alice Cooper’s band.

Tish Ciravolo, President of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars: Tish Ciravolo took a leap of faith in 2000, and launched the first and only guitar company focused solely on female players. Her goal is to get more girls to pick up and stick with a guitar. And her energy is infectious!

Mary Peavey, president of Peavey Electronics: Mary Peavey steers this iconic Mississippi-based company, running one of the largest companies in the industry. She has also donated her time and talents to furthering arts and education for the benefit of children. She was named to the Board of Directors for the national Afterschool Alliance in 2007. Peavey also plays an essential role in producing the annual “Mississippi GRAMMY Legacy Celebration,” which was named “One of the Coolest Events on the Planet” by Vanity Fair in 2008.

Laura Taylor, Sr VP of Operations for Guitar Center: On top of her responsibilities running operations for this renowned music store chain, Taylor spearheads a new initiative for the company to make Guitar Center stores more female friendly and a better place for women to work and visit. She has been incredibly supportive of women’s initiatives in the industry.

The WiMN Breakfast and She Rocks Awards will also feature a performance from Ali Handal, international touring artist and author of Guitar for Girls: A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Acoustic or Electric Guitar.

Hosted by Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the WiMN, producer of the Women’s Music Summit, and writer of Guitar World’s Guitar Girl’d column, the WiMN Breakfast’s goal is to bring women together in a supportive environment.

The WiMN Breakfast and the She Rocks Awards is supported in part by NewBay Media, publishers of Guitar World, Guitar Player, Electronic Musician, Mix Magazine, Bass Player, Keyboard, and many other industry publications. Sponsors also include Daisy Rock Guitars, Peavey Electronics,
Dean Markley, Guitar Center, Paul Reed Smith, MEOW, and On-Stage Stands.

The WiMN Breakfast and She Rocks Awards will take place in Grand Ballroom E of the Anaheim Marriott Hotel on January 25th, 2013 from 8:30am to 10:00am. This is an invitation only event. More info at

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