Influential Businesswoman Awards 2022

20 Acquisition International - Influential Businesswoman Awards 2022 May22171 Most Empowering Female-Owned Christian Record Label 2022 uilt for social impact and to alleviate the burdens that women face in music daily, So Am I-Worthy signs female musical artists who may otherwise be overlooked by an unbalanced industry. It also provides music coaching for continued artist development, in addition to hosting events regularly throughout the New York area, and offering women a yearly and monthly membership for empowerment, support, and execution of music goals. The company currently offers virtual coaching in song writing, voice, guitar, and piano, as well as one free community group session for anyone who might be financially struggling to gain the music skills and knowledge to jumpstart their career. Valencia Callens Neptune founded So Am I-Worthy after assessing the needs she faced as a minority female singer-songwriter and noting the same struggles among her peers. She says, “I wanted to create a company I knew I would not give up on and that was intertwined with my passions which are music, female empowerment, and social impact! I have been working since the age of 15 in many different industries, which have shaped how I operate So Am I-Worthy.” Being a woman in the corporate world for many years, Valencia has been discriminated against, overlooked, spoken over, and she has felt less than and incapable of success – Even though her work exceeded her male counterparts on many occasions. She shares, “I was told that men are better leaders and women shouldn’t lead because they are too emotional. My advice to anyone trying to make it in the corporate world or the music industry is to know yourself so well that no one can tell you who you are. Construct positive self-affirmations and speak them daily to remind yourself of your greatness. The music industry is a very critical place, so if you are not confident in your capabilities or your talent, your journey will be a lot harder and a lot less fun! Remember you are worthy, walk that way!” Valencia has however over the years seen positive change in the form of the struggles of women in the music industry being acknowledged, but there is still a lot of work to be done. She has noticed that progress is being made in diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially pertaining to women. Conversations have started and studies are taking place – but actually employing female singer-songwriters or providing them a seat at the table is still stagnant. So, Am I-Worthy was created to provide more opportunities for women in the industry, especially minorities, and to raise the percentage of successful active singer-songwriters. Now looking ahead, the future of So Am I-Worthy is definitely bright. The company has plans to release new music from its female artists B So Am I-Worthy LLC was established in 2017 as an inspirational independent record label and artist development company based in New York geared towards elevating the success of female singers’ and/or songwriters’ music careers with a strong focus on minorities. In light of the company’s success within the Influential Businesswoman Awards 2022, we got in touch with CEO and Founder, Valencia Callens Neptune to discover how So Am I-Worthy empowers women within the music industry. – We can’t disclose too much, but it will shed a light on the struggles that women face in the music industry daily. Follow So Am I-Worthy on social media (www.instagram.com/soamiworthy) to see what’s coming next. Also, So Am I-Worthy is always looking to collaborate with other likeminded companies that would love to partner in the mission of uplifting female singers and/or songwriters and work towards diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you are interested, please get in touch with So Am I-Worthy via email. With regards to Valencia’s personal goals for the future, she says they are “to keep empowering women; making music; living freely, peacefully and holistically; and always doing the things that bring me joy.” And we are truly rooting for her, her company, and all her music artists as they continue working to break the mould. Company: So Am I-Worthy Contact: Valencia Callens Neptune Email: [email protected] Website: www.soamiworthy.com

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