Updated: Oct 4
Beats By Girlz is excited to launch our newest chapter, BBG MX!
In Mexico, a dynamic initiative is on the rise, bringing together aspiring young women, girls, and gender minorities with a passion for music and technology. The Beats By Girlz MX chapter is one of our newest additions to a global movement that is aimed at fostering inclusivity and empowerment for the next generation of artists and creators. To shed light on the launch of this exciting chapter, we had the opportunity to interview BBG MX's chapter leader, Indra Arrez. She shared insights into what inspires the program, the incredible activities offered, and how you can get involved.
How did the Mexico chapter of Beats By Girlz come into existence, and what inspired its creation?
The chapter came into existence because of the need I’ve always perceived to generate opportunities that can empower and professionalize the creative and artistic talent present in Latin America and Mexico. Throughout my life, I’ve been involved in the arts and communication, which has allowed me to understand both the challenges and the available tools. The lack of resources, information, and training serves as barriers that halt the progress of all that talent. So, when I stumbled upon the organization online and connected with Ángela Cortés, I was awed by its mission, and I knew it was the right time to endeavor to bring such a platform to my community. Beats By Girlz’ mission of creating opportunities and support networks through music and technology is unmatched, and for me, it has been an honor to contribute my “grain of sand” (a typical phrase in Mexico used as a metaphor for making gradual contributions) to create an impact and effect change through art.”
Could you describe the main activities and programs the Mexico chapter offers women of all ages interested in music and technology?
Sure! We’re working with three key pillars in our initiative. Firstly, we have our online program called “Donate a Mentorship” where experts, creatives, and artists from various fields donate their time to teach emerging talent. This program allows us to overcome geographical barriers that often limit access to information. So far, we’ve conducted two online mentorships, one with Karina Galicia, a Mexican artist and singer, and another with Karina Cabrera, director of Sonoridad, a platform that promotes the exposure and education of women’s history in music. We also have upcoming participation from Carla Sariñana, Renee Mooi, Valeria Jasso, and many more artists who, in addition to their incredible musical talent, have a lot to contribute to the industry.
Our second pillar is the “BBG MX Creative Meetings,” in-person events where we aim to connect this network of creators through talks, workshops, showcases, networking, and more. We just held the first of these meetings on September 30th in Xalapa, Veracruz, and another on November 25th in Mexico City. We always provide a platform for talents to share their knowledge and skills.
Finally, as the third pillar, we’re preparing in-person workshops to train more women in areas such as music production, DJing, and more. We want to expand this program to more locations across the country to reach a wider audience.
How can individuals or organizations in the local community support and get involved with Beats By Girlz in Mexico?
We are thrilled to extend an open invitation to anyone who wishes to collaborate with us! At Beats By Girlz MX, our mission is to connect with all the diverse communities dedicated to driving change within the music and technology industry. We believe that by fostering a spirit of inclusivity and collaboration, we can amplify our collective efforts to empower individuals and bring about positive transformations in this dynamic field. Whether you’re an aspiring artist, a seasoned professional, or simply someone passionate about making a difference, we welcome you to join our network and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of change-makers within our community. Financial support from businesses, organizations and institutions can help sustain and expand the program’s reach, allowing us to reach more aspiring talents and provide them with valuable opportunities for growth and development. Together, we can create a brighter and more equitable future for all.
Are there any upcoming events, workshops, or projects that the Mexico chapter is particularly excited about?
We are very excited about this year’s online mentoring calendar, in addition to the creative gatherings in Xalapa and CDMX! We hope to have news about new dates very soon, but we are confident that the project will continue to grow and expand towards our social impact horizons.
I would also like to express my gratitude to the internal BBG MX team: Daniela Freeman, Paola Ruiz, Frida Arrez, and to all those who are joining the team. Your dedication and passion are essential for the ongoing success of this project.”
Overall, the Beats By Girlz MX Chapter is eager to make a lasting impact on the lives of young girls and women passionate about music and technology. Through mentorship, networking, and hands-on training, this chapter is set to empower the next generation of creative minds in Mexico and beyond. With the dedication of the BBG MX team and the support of the local community, the future of music and technology looks brighter than ever. Check out their first creative meeting that was held this past weekend on September 30th down below!
Photo Credits: highlightpictures
Written by Jacqueline Fermin
Edited by Nan Macmillan