MEOW (Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women) is dedicated to ensuring that women’s voices are heard in every genre of music and at every level of an artist’s career.

How many famous female guitar players can you name? How many well-known all-female bands?

We think of women mostly as singers or “entertainers” and men as the musicians. You can’t be it if you can’t see it – so MEOW is devoted to supporting women who want to play and write music either as a hobby or a career.

So sharpen your claws and let the revolution begin.

  • SUPPORT — Networking with other women and finding mentors and like-minded people in music can be a life-changing experience. MEOW provides networking and career-enhancing opportunities to meet other artists and learn from their experiences.
  • COACHING — Through our coaching program we work one-on-one with female artists to strategize and implement an individualized success plan.
  • EDUCATION – MEOW works in the schools – from middle school to college – to promote gender equality in music, media literacy and intelligent consumer choices. We want to ensure that women’s past contributions to music are not forgotten and the future is bright for the female musicians of tomorrow.
  •  MEOWgazine – Every weekday our web site is updated with interviews, features and news that impact and inspire female musicians.
  • CONSULTING – MEOW provides gender-smart consulting to companies that want to reach the growing demographic of female musicians.
  • ADVOCACY — We speak out for women’s interests on legislative issues that affect musicians’ rights.

MEOW was founded in 2011 by world-renowned activist, lecturer, life/career coach, musician and journalist Carla DeSantis Black, founder of ROCKRGRL Magazine and the nation’s leading advocate for women in music.

A former musician and music industry veteran, Carla also created and produced two highly successful and critically-acclaimed ROCKRGRL Music Conferences which took place in Seattle in 2000 and 2005 respectively as well as ROCKRGRL Day at Musicians’ Institute in Los Angeles in 2003.

The diverse line-up of speakers and performers at the ROCKRGRL Music Conference included such musical luminaries as Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Courtney Love, Ronnie Spector (Ronettes), Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Ann Wilson (Heart), Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde), Cris Williamson, June Millington, Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s), Wanda Jackson, The Gossip, Exene Cervenka, Eliza Gilkyson, Jill Sobule, Sara Hickman and hundreds more.


  • Carla has written for publications as diverse as Rolling Stone, Spin, Bass Player, Gig, Experience Hendrix, MSN, Media Inc, Bitch, The Rocket and the Seattle Times. She was also co-founder of the short-lived Women Who Rock magazine, published by Cherry Lane.
  • In 2006, Carla was named one of the “50 most influential people in Seattle music” by Seattle (Sound) Magazine.
  • Twice nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award by Seattle Weekly.
  • Elected three times as a member of the governing board of the Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy organization)
  • Member of the advisory board for the capital campaign of the Vera Project, Seattle’s all-ages music/arts organization.
  • Judged KING-TV’s American Idol style talent contest, Gimme The Mic for two seasons alongside iconic rap star, Sir Mix-A-Lot.
  • Frequent “talking head” on cable networks VH1 (Behind the Musicand True Spin), E! (True Hollywood Story), MuchMusic and WE: The Women’s Network.
  • Music correspondent for the Lisa Birnbach Show and Women Aloud (Mo Gaffney and Shana Wride) on the Greenstone Radio Network.
  • Produced a Women of Valor event at Berklee Performance Hall (with Berklee College) to honor and reunite pioneering all-female band, Fanny.
  • Executive Producer on two ROCKRGRL Discoveries compilation CDs.
Watch this 8-minute video about Carla Black and the legacy of ROCKRGRL from the Seattle Channel.

For more information or to book Carla as a speaker e-mail carla at meowonline dot org.



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