about papercut

papercut is a collective of women dedicated to making the music industry a more equitable space. As an organization our work focuses on creating opportunity; we work to elevate our roles in the industry, empower our creativity and support our financial sustainability. 


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. 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.