The 2023 Female* Producer Prize winners have been announced by Sony Music and Music Women* Germany (MW*G), the national umbrella music organization for all female-identifying and non-binary people. The award aims to aid and advance the professional endeavours of up-and-coming producers from all over the nation who identify as female.
The winners are Kota No Uta, who primarily works in jazz, soul, and neo and recently released a song called “Autumn Leaves,” Mimski, a German/Kurdish singer and producer in alternative R&B who first gained attention through the Novembars competition and is currently working on her debut album, which will be released on the RUNTLIFE Records label.
Other winners include Chinese-German singer, DJ, and producer Mona Yim, whose debut release in 2022 was followed by remixes for Glass Animals and DJ Seinfeld, among others; Aufmischen, whose productions can be heard on the EP of pop singer Pieke and the album of poet Dshamilja Roshani; Iranian-born artist Sheyda Minia, who was discovered by Impulse-Records GmbH CEO Mehrzad Marashi; and Just Honest.
The winners will receive a support package that includes producer workshops at Sony Music Germany’s Circle Studios, production grants, and gift cards for musical instruments. In order to connect them with different labels and artists, they will also be added to the Female Producer Register at Sony Music and NEUBAU Music Management. Sony Music Publishing and the Female* Producer Collective are recent partners who will also provide coaching sessions.
The Female Producer Prize’s creator, Jovanka v. Wilsdorf, stated:
“The great response and the enormously high level of over 150 applications this year have demonstrated not only how long the Female* Producer Prize has been overdue, but also, more importantly, how many highly skilled and forward-thinking female music producers there are out there. Visibility fosters a radiance that produces quantifiable success.”
One od the winners, Yim added,
“The Female* Producer Prize is incredibly important in creating more visibility and a bigger platform for female and non-binary producers. There are so many talented female producers who have perfected the technical aspect of producing in addition to the creative skills, and they deserve to be heard and seen.”
Sarah Schneider, head of A&R, Sony Music Columbia Records Germany, said:
“More female and non-binary producers means more perspectives. This is again demonstrated by the outstanding quality of the many applications received. As a record label, we want to apply industry-wide approaches and tools to actively move forward to effect a change in the status quo.”
The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Reeperbahn Festival, Thomann, Ableton, Neubau, Female* Producer Collective, Sony Music, and Sony Music Publishing all support the Female* Producer Prize. On September 14, there will be a workshop day and award presentation in Berlin.