about papercut

Papercut is meant to provide opportunity, education, and community to those excluded from the music industry specifically those that have experienced misogyny.


Although originally a women in music group, we've now expanded to welcoming people across the gender spectrum. If you are down with the spirit of the Papercut we welcome you.


Our current strategic plan has 3 key areas, education, advocacy, and economic development.



papercut offers quarterly educational events to empower our members with knowledge. Our events also create opportunities to share their knowledge as thought leaders and build their skills as educators and speakers.



We work with industry and civic leaders to advocate for the changes necessary to make the music industry a more equitable space. Our goal is to collaborate on solutions that have immediate changes for us as well as a lasting ripple in the industry.



papercut is a liaison between artists and professional services; our goal to connect both sides of the industry together to develop a strong economy around independent music. We also offer career support to members through booking, promotion, and other paid opportunities. 


our history

What started as a quarterly happy hour blossomed into a nearly 1000 member online community-based in the Pacific Northwest. Formerly Womxn in Music, papercut was established in 2017, founded by Nikki Barron & Sarah Gerritsen. Nikki Barron is a music marketing and business expert with over 15 years of experience working with independent artists through her brand kittenteeth and is the Marketing Manager for The Crocodile. Sarah Gerritsen is a songwriter and performer, fronting the project Sarah Gerritsen and the Shadow Catchers


Our current board is comprised of our founders as well as Leigh Bezezkoff (Tractor Tavern), Ailisa Newhall (Mägi Ensemble), Amanda Winterhalter (Townhall, Amanda Winterhalter), Desiree Jones (General Mojos, Marigolden Macrame), and Tayler Lynn (Vaudeville Etiquette, Tender Tide).

get involved

If you are interested in joining our private Facebook follow this link. If you are interested in volunteering your time please use the contact form below. If you would like to donate to our work you can do that via Paypal here.

code of conduct

We’ve crafted these guidelines to ensure everyone participating is part of a movement that empowers. Take a second to review them. Please respect our community and moderators, ultimately we decide what’s appropriate for this community.

eggos not egos

We are a respectful, helpful community. Everyone has to check their ego at the door. Remember: we all started as beginners, no matter how far along we are now. Be a jerk once, shame on you. Be a jerk twice? You'll be banned. If the comment does not move the conversation forward, do not leave it.


We’re a vibrant community of many types of people who all have the right to feel comfortable, safe, empowered and respected.

No Self Promo

Don't post "listen to me" links or links to your shows in our comments. If you only come here to ask for listens and promote you shows this isn't the group for you. This isn’t a place to pitch commercial or for-profit services and events. Do not spam. If you want to post your release to papercutmusic.org please use this form: https://forms.gle/wqWKeugScSyAoANT7


Just don't

  • Abusive or discriminatory verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, or religion

  • Deliberate intimidation

  • Harassing

  • Inappropriate physical contact at our events

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

anti racism statement

papercut is committed to the ongoing learning and unlearning necessary to be an antiracist organization. Our volunteers and staff pledge to create and expand opportunities for artists as well as for music communities that have historically been overlooked. 


papercut acknowledges our white privilege and the entrenched systemic racism that we, and our organization, have benefitted from and have enabled through conscious or unconscious inaction. The arts and culture community has perpetuated white supremacy through appropriation and tokenization, such as recruiting Black people for shows and performances without integrating them into positions of leadership. Black art is a driving cultural force that has been colonized for the benefit of white people, that is why papercut is obligated to dismantle systemic racism in our arts community and understands the urgency and importance of this work.  


papercut commits to: 

  • Articulate the necessity of cultivating a deeper understanding of the communities that we serve, and incorporate their perspectives, needs, feedback, and priorities into our strategic decisions and leadership.

  • Support the Black community with access to space and resources and evaluate all decisions through a racial equity lens. 

  • Prioritize intentional recruitment and hiring practices by expanding recruitment outside existing networks.

  • Create antiracist policies within governing and management documents. 

  • Commit to the ongoing practice of antiracism as individuals and as an organization by fostering a culture of accountability and receptivity to learning.

  • Actively support the anti racism efforts of other arts and culture organizations.