Leenman, SC Businesswoman Awarded 2017 She Rocks! Award

Greenville, SC Businesswoman Awarded 2017 She Rocks! Award


For Immediate Release: November 7, 2016


ANAHEIM, CATracy E. Leenman, owner of Musical Innovations of Greenville, SC, has been named winner of the 2017 She Rocks Enterprise Award by the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN). The award was presented on January 20, 2017, in Anaheim, CA, as part of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) annual winter Trade Show. One of the most prestigious and recognized events honoring women in the music industry today, the She Rocks Awards pay tribute to women who display leadership and standout within the music industry. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders Chaka Khan, Sheila E, Colbie Caillat, The Bangles, Mary Peavey and many more. This year’s honorees included guitarist Lita Ford, singer Ronnie Spector (of Ronnie and the Ronettes), Monique Boyer (Artist Relations at MAC Cosmetics) and others. A complete list of this year’s She Rocks winners is available at http://www.thewimn.com/events/she-rocks-awards/.


The She Rocks Awards featured performances by several top female artists, a celebrity laden red carpet, a silent auction and of course, awards honoring accomplished women in the music industry. The Awards annually bring together over 750 industry professionals, tastemakers, celebrities, musicians, educators and media for a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates women in music. The Awards have been featured in Billboard, The LA Times, USA Today and many other media. 

 “The 2017 awards marked our 5th anniversary,” notes Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the Women’s International Music Network. “Each year, the She Rocks Awards pay tribute to ground-breaking women in the music industry both on stage and behind the scenes. There has been tremendous support for the awards and it has proven to be a fun and meaningful event for many women in the industry.”

Founded in 2012 by music industry veteran and journalist Laura B. Whitmore, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the Women’s Music Summit and the WiMN She Rocks Showcases. They present panels, workshops and more.

Musical Innovations is a full-line school music dealer, carrying most major lines of band and string instruments, classroom instruments, print music, accessories and gifts. They offer student rental and purchase plans, instrument repair, and lessons on all band and orchestra instruments, including Suzuki violin instruction for students as young as four.

The company is active in supporting school music programs at the state, local and national levels; they have won two SCMEA Friend of Music Business Awards (2009 and 2013); and the KEYS “Keeping the Beat” National Advocacy Award in 2009. They were also honored by the Retail Print Music Dealers Association in 2015 with the Sandy Feldstein Service Award. Internationally recognized as a major force in the music industry, they have been named to NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer list for four years in a row; and in 2015 were named winners of both Best Customer Service and Dealer of the Year awards. In 2016, they were named among the Top 100 Small Businesses in America by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, winning a Small Business, Dream Big! Blue Ribbon Award. Locally, owner Tracy Leenman is an active member of the Mauldin Chamber of Commerce and the SC (Upstate) Small Business Development Centers Advisory Board. She was the 2016 winner of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award  given by the Mauldin Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Musical Innovations, please check out the company’s Facebook or Twitter pages, its web site, www.musicalinnovations.biz, or call (864) 286-8742 [28-MUSIC]. For more information about the Women’s International Music Network, please check out theWiMN.com.