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More Austin ladies proud to be WIMPS

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It is a sorority of sorts.

Every month, women with ties to the Austin music industry grab a bite to eat to share what's happening in their worlds, and after three years, their circle continues to expand.

Wednesday about 50 members of Women in Music Professional Society (WIMPS) gathered at Romeo's on Barton Springs Road in South Austin.

"WIMPS is sort of like the sorority I never had. It's great. We get together. All the sisters get together," singer and songwriter Shelley King said.

Each month, the ladies of WIMPS gather to meet each other, often for the first time.

"There's always at least 50 to 80 women here, and it's different women every month," King said.

Gina Chavez is a Latin folk music singer and songwriter. She said the connection of the group is unparalleled.

"It's kind of a love fest. You know, all these women that - it's just an amazing connection to women in any part of the music industry," she said.

And after three years, diversity is key to attracting new women of all ages, at all stages in the business.

"All these connections are so much easier to find when you're face to face, versus on the web or a phone call," area entertainer Leticia Rodriguez said.

These meetings are a chance for the women to network, plug upcoming gigs and even rally support for an issue, all for the cost of lunch.

Nancy Coplin co-founded WIMPS.

"Come and eat. Come grab a bite and talk about yourself. How much fun is that?" she said.

It's a fun, valuable experience with the potential to further careers.

WIMPS is a volunteer organization. The women meet the third Wednesday of each month, either Threadgill's or Romeo's in South Austin.

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