Best of the Bay 2012: BEST FEMINIST RECORDING STUDIO

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Ladies in the music biz deserve to be heard -- weirdly, that still needs to be reiterated in 2012 -- and Women's Audio Mission is helping them get loud. The nonprofit is staunchly dedicated to "the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts." As it notes, this is a field where women are chronically under-represented. WAM hires teachers for recording classes and has its own in-house studio, which means affordable recording time for budding female artists. Last year, the truly exciting local all-girl teenage rock 'n' roll band the She's recorded their debut album at WAM, and this year the band is gaining some serious traction with radio spots. Ever grateful, the quartet behind the She's credits WAM with realizing their dream (aww). Other clients include Kronos Quartet, Making Dinner, and Brazil's Constantina. Here's to a female future of recorded sound.

1890 Bryant, Suite 312, SF. (415) 558-9200. www.womensaudiomission.org