Latin Recording Academy Partners with She Is The Music for Mentorship Program

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Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, executive director of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, will moderate a panel of influential women in the music industry. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for The Latin Recording Academy)

The Latin Recording Academy announced its second annual Leading Ladies of Entertainment Connect TogetHER mentorship program, which aims to close the gender gap in the music industry.

Influential women in the Latin music industry will gather for a discussion and to provide one-on-one mentoring sessions for young women interested in pursuing a career in the music and entertainment business.

“After a successful launch last year, we are excited to continue to grow our mentorship program as we work together to close the gender gap within the Latin music industry,” Manuel Abud, CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, said in a statement.

The virtual session will be held on Wednesday, March 8, and the mentors participating are Marcella Araica, Rocío Guerrero, Rosa Lagarrigue, Mia Nygren and Janina Rosado. The program, which is sponsored by Spotify, is being done in partnership with She Is The Music, a nonprofit working to increase the number of women in music. Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, executive director of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, will moderate the panel.

“For the second year, She Is The Music is thrilled to be partnering with The Latin Recording Academy and Leading Ladies of Entertainment on our Connect TogetHER mentorship program,” said Alexandra Lioutikoff, co-chair of the She Is The Music Latin committee, group president of Universal Music Publishing for Latin America and U.S. Latin and board member of The Latin Recording Academy. “In order to create meaningful and sustainable change, the industry must be focused on mentoring our next generation of women in music. As always, we are grateful to our incredible mentors who will guide and inspire this year’s class of mentees and showing the world all of the invaluable potential that Latin women bring to music.”

Araica is a recording and mixing engineer, as well as vice president of N.A.R.S Records and Dream Asylum Studios; Guerrero is the global head of Latin music for Amazon Music; Lagarrigue is the CEO of RLM, an artist management company; Nygren is the managing director of Latin America at Spotify; and Rosado is a nine-time Latin Grammy-winning pianist, arranger and director.

The Academy’s Leading Ladies of Entertainment initiative began in 2016 to recognize professional and socially conscious women in music who have influenced their industry and inspire young women aspiring to work in arts and entertainment.

The virtual event on March 8 will be at 10 a.m. To join the session, register at