TALLAHASSEE, FL – Barnard College graduate, Ebonie Smith, is a diligent entrepreneur committed to encouraging women to join her in her craft. Partnering with Barnard College, Smith started Eudora House Music Production & Publishing in hopes to see more women in this male-dominated industry. The company led the movement, which started in 2009 and is still going strong in New York City now.
Meet Ebonie Smith, a gifted producer, songwriter and entrepreneur who has an astounding commitment to helping women join a currently male dominated craft. Smith said, “ Seven years ago I was an undergraduate at Bernard College with big dreams of a career in music production. This college has given me the opportunity to make change and influenced me to pursue a masters degree in music technology at New York University.”
Following Smiths New York University graduation, Smith went on to start the Eudora House Music Production & Publishing, a boutique music production company. Smith has also created an event dedicated to supporting women in music production. The Gender Amplified Music Festival, held last September, is a movement led to celebrate and support women music producers.
Barnard College says, “The festival gathers women to the college campus for a daylong production. The event includes live performances of works produced by women; panels on music production and instructional workshops geared toward high-school-and college-aged youth to encourage them to pursue music production and technology.”
The most intriguing part of this story is that Smith went from a student majoring in African American studies to an impressive career in music production. Her interests were also in basketball, math, and science so when she left high school Smith was challenged with choosing her major.
Barnard College, founded in 1889, is a private women’s that is a member of the seven sisters. “Barnard women change the world and the way we think about it,” says Bernard College.
Ebonie Smith is no exception to Barnards standards what a career women should be. Smith’s broader goal is to control social consciousness through musical exploration and education. Her influence in this field will continue to grow as she continues to bring attention to this movement in this uncharted field.
When asked how Barnard College helped her music career Smith says, “Attending Barnard College helped my career in a number of ways. The liberal arts instruction allowed me to design a multidisciplinary course of study that combined music technology, African diaspora studies, and gender and women’s studies. This academic path provided the foundation for Gender Amplified.”
Barnard College sparked Smiths interest in music and gave her the motivation needed to pursue a very unexplored path. Smith sees a bright future for women as music producers and plans to keep her festival going strong for many more years.
By, Ryan Allen,
with contributions from huffingtonpost.com