Sony Music Entertainment Germany and nonprofit artist association Music Women* Germany (MWG) have announced the winners of the 2023 Female* Producer Prize. The honor is designed to support and promote the careers of rising female-identifying producers across Germany.
The seven winners — Mimski, Evîn, Kota No Uta, Mona Yim, Aufmischen, Sheyda Minia and Just Honest — were selected from more than 150 applicants by a five-member jury. They will receive a support package consisting of production grants, vouchers for music equipment and a producer workshop at Sony Music Germany’s Circle Studios. They will also be added to the female producer register at Sony Music and NEUBAU Music Management, which will put them in touch with various labels and artists. Additionally, newly added partners Sony Music Publishing and the Female* Producer Collective will offer coaching sessions for the winners.
In addition to the seven selected applicants, a shortlist of 20 applicants will also be added to Sony Music and NEUBAU’s female producer register.
“The great response and the enormously high level of over 150 applications this year have not only shown how overdue the Female* Producer Prize was, but above all, how many highly competent and visionary female music producers there are out there,” said Jovanka v. Wilsdorf, jury member and initiator of the Female* Producer Prize, in a statement. “Visibility develops a radiance that creates measurable success.”
Added Sony Music Columbia Records Germany head of A&R Sarah Schneider, who also served on the jury: “More female and non-binary producers means more perspectives! This is again demonstrated by the outstanding quality of the many applications received. As a record label, we want to apply industry-wide approaches and tools to actively move forward to effect a change in the status quo.”
In addition to Wilsdorf and Schneider, the 2023 jury consisted of Novaa, a producer and finalist for last year’s prize; U.K. music producer, composer, sound engineer and sheWrites co-founder Charlie McClean; Pamela Owusu Brenyah, a freelance curator, creative consultant and project manager who serves as program curator of Musicboard Berlin and board member of Music Women Germany, among other roles; and music producer and songwriter Moses Schneider.
The Female* Producer Prize is supported by Reeperbahn Festival (sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media) and sponsored by Thomann, Ableton, NEUBAU, Female* Producer Collective, Sony Music and Sony Music Publishing.
The award ceremony and workshop will be held in Berlin on September 14.
You can read capsule descriptions of the winners below.
Mimski: Started producing in early 2022, first in Germany and then in England, where she received a warmer welcome as a female producer than in Germany. There she submitted a beat for the Novembars competition, which helped her breakthrough: her first track was played directly on radio shows. She is currently working on her first album, which will be released on the RUNTLIFE Records label and working on an EP with King Kashmere as well as a Female Force EP with several female rappers.
Evîn: A German/Kurdish singer and producer in alternative R&B. Her music combines elements from different genres like soul and hip-hop with her Kurdish roots, giving her a characteristic sound within the German scene. Emotions and experiences, as well as themes like escape, memory culture and belonging can be found in Evîn’s songs, which she writes and produces in her home studio in Berlin. April 2022 saw the release of Evîn’s debut EP, followed immediately by her second EP, It wasn’t even for you, in November 2022.
Kota No Uta: Singer-songwriter and producer who works mainly in the direction of jazz, soul and neo soul. In October 2022 she released her song “Autumn Leaves” in self-production. At the moment she is working on two releases with collaborators and her own EP.
Mona Yim: A Chinese-German music producer, singer and DJ from Hamburg, Germany. Her music combines emotional vocal hooks with her self-produced electronic productions inspired by UK garage, house and electronica as well as influences from her training as a classical violinist and performer. Her debut release in 2022 was followed by further releases on labels such as Ninja Tune and remixes for Glass Animals and DJ Seinfeld, among others. She has played venues such as O2 Academy Brixton, DGTL Festival, Printworks, KOKO and Warehouse Project.
Aufmischen: Producer who started her first steps in the music industry as a drummer, in her studies she wrote contemporary compositions for classical ensembles before she dedicated herself completely to pop music. In 2022 her productions can be heard on the album of poetry artist Dshamilja Roshani, the EP of pop singer Pieke and numerous singles of other artists. More releases are planned for this year, such as the album by artist Elay.
Sheyda Minia: Iranian-born artist who began playing the harp at the age of 8 and became a junior student at the Musikhochschule in Cologne at 13. At 16, she used her first self-earned money to buy an interface microphone and Logic music software so she could finally produce her own beats. At the end of 2021 she was discovered by Mehrzad Marashi the CEO of Impulse-Records GmbH, where she has been working as a producer ever since.
Just Honest: Music has saved producer Just Honest many times, so she had no choice but to bring her songs to life and produce them herself. Hoping to touch, heal and inspire the hearts of others. Her debut single, “Toxic Culture,” has already reached over 1 million streams, and her debut album, No Love No Hate, is about to be released.