Joi M., 33 – FUNDED

Currently attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studying Technology and Applied Composition, Joi M. also has a degree in Vocal Performance from SFCM, where she first studied in from 2008-2010. This talented Paliwal Club of 100 Music Scholar has some beautiful things in store with an original dance theatre piece she is working on — plus more!

What is your professional dream?

I want to be a film and television composer — or work in composition and songwriting for live theatre and dance composition commissions.

What does being in the Paliwal Club of 100 mean to you? 

Being supported and funded as a female composer helps break down the barriers that have been built up over the years in the music industry. It is an honor to be a part of this new wave of hope and support for women in music — and organizations like the Paliwal Club help make these ambitions a reality.

Women are underrepresented in the S.T.E.A.M. (science, tech, arts or math) fields and music industry. How can we change this? 

By continuing to hire and support women! We need to find women interested in technology or, in my case, composition and bring them into the education system at a younger age. Equality starting with academia will help guide equality in the workforce.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

To quote Betty Gilpin’s All The Women in My Brain: And Other Concerns,'”it is going to take centuries to stop the chorus of people telling you that your highest purpose as a woman is to minimize your waistline and being.”

The road to finding and believing in what I am capable of — despite plenty of perceived assumptions or hidden agendas — has been a long, twisted, beautiful journey with an army of women and friends cheering me on.

How will this grant from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals?

This grant will continue the momentum of dedication and work that is being put into a fully original dance theatre piece that has been in the works for the past year. Every time I question or doubt the work I have done, a beautiful sign from the universe, like this grant, reminds me that I am headed in the right direction and pushes me to achieve what I know will be a gorgeous work of art.