Two-time Grammy nominee SOFI TUKKER, production powerhouse !llmind (Drake, Ariana Grande, Kanye West) and brazen UK rapper Flohio are just three of the trailblazing artists across the musical spectrum who’ve contributed exclusive audio stems, samples and production kits to support the next generation of female DJs, producers and engineers via Community Drive 2021.
The free charity sound pack is available today via Native Instruments, the innovation leader in the music creation industry for more than 20 years.
This year the free expansion pack supports Girls Make Beats, a non-profit aimed at elevating and empowering girls by expanding the female presence of music producers across the audio engineering, DJing, and production spaces. Native Instruments has announced a $30,000 USD donation to the organization, which works with girls aged 5-17 and was founded in 2012 by certified audio engineer, Tiffany Miranda.
Just 2% of music producers and 3% of audio engineers on the Billboard Hot 100 charts are female, according to a study by USC Annenberg. Girls Make Beats is dedicated to creating real-world opportunities to break barriers in the music industry. The organization provides courses on industry-leading hardware and software, and hosts educational seminars, summer camps, industry panels and networking events.
Community Drive is returning after a successful 2020 campaign that raised over $150,000 USD for charities like Musicians Without Borders, the Grammy MusiCares fund, Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, and more, while collaborating with world-class artists like Sia and Just Blaze.
Native Instruments CEO Constantin Koehncke says:
“After raising over $150k for charity last year, we’re thrilled to kick off another Community Drive. This year, we are proud to partner with Girls Make Beats, whose mission it is to empower young female creators in an unfortunately still very male-dominated music production world. Our team is so thankful for all the amazing artists that graciously bestowed us with their sounds, samples and presets – we’re looking forward to hearing what producers will create with this pack!”
Community Drive 2021’s exclusive content features over 165 samples, 74 loops, 91 one shots, and 104 presets. Participating musicians and exclusive sounds include SOFI TUKKER, !llmind, Telefon Tel Aviv, Saltyyyy V, Flohio, Phase Fatale, The Pocket Queen, Miss Tahloulah May, Zola Jesus, Wize, Jamie Lidell, Stichiz, and MEANGIRL.
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