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Meet JoBeth Umali of Women In Music Boston

Today we’d like to introduce you to JoBeth Umali.

JoBeth, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Music runs through my veins! I’m constantly thinking about rhythms and found my love for the drums at age 10. It had led me to study at Berklee College of Music, tour with a band, record albums & teach private drum lessons. I tend to be soft-spoken; I picked the drums so I can be heard!

Earlier this year, I’d been recruited to the committee for the Boston chapter Women In Music; a non-profit organization that has been around for 30+ years. We help recognize women in the music industry and bring our community together through networking events, showcases, panels, etc.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a drummer is not as easy as it looks! I’m consistently working on new material, which makes me feel like a beginner again. There’s also the rejection; like, not making the audition or parting ways with a band. It was all part of my growth. It’s taught me to let it go and practice harder. Your ego is not your amigo!

Women In Music is fairly new to Boston and I’ve been blessed to work with a productive crew of people! Being a woman in a male-dominated industry is a challenge in itself. Respect is harder to get and you need a thick skin to earn it. WIM is always brainstorming new ideas to expose the female presence in the music scene. Surrounding myself with like-minded people is a powerful way to overcome the struggle.

Women In Music Boston – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Women In Music started in NYC in 1985 and has expanded to Atlanta, Boston, DC, Nashville, Chicago, LA, Barbados, Brazil & Canada (more to come!). It’s run by amazing women from different musical backgrounds who volunteer their time to support the hard-working effort of female musicians. We’re a resource for knowledge, strategy & solutions for our community.

We throw 4 events a year, which is free for members and $10 (usually) for non-members. Membership includes access to seminars, panels, workshops, networking events, parties, our online database & other perks.

Each chapter is divided into 4 committees: Membership, Events, Communications & Fund Raising. I’m part of the Events Committee, which is perfect for me because I love to throw parties! My role is to promote the event through social media, handle food & beverage and help plan the logistics. I enjoy it because it makes me happy to see others having a good time!

The most exciting event was our Showcase at Spotify’s headquarters in Davis Square this past September. It was an accomplishment because we had hundreds of performance applicants and it sold out quickly! Boston has piqued a strong interest in WIM, which makes me feel confident that I’m following the right path.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Maybe it’s cliché. To me, happiness equals success! It’s important to surround myself with the right people who challenge me to think optimistically & compassionately. I’ve learned not to take life so seriously. Forgive yourself. Let go of toxic friendships, opinions & attachments. Laugh more! Nothing matters, unless you want it to.

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