Jenny Toomey

After graduating from Georgetown University with an interdisciplinary major in philosophy, English and women's studies in 1990, Jenny Toomey co-ran Simple Machines, an independent record label, for eight years with Kristin Thomson. Among Simple Machines' more than 70 releases was the 24-page Mechanic's Guide to Putting Out Records, which described a do-it-yourself process for producing records and CDs while educating young artists about the value of retaining control of their work. The guide helped to launch a number of independent labels and led to somewhat of a DIY renaissance in the alternative music community throughout the 1990s.

Toomey has been a composer and performer on at least 12 CDs and dozens of compilation records, singles and a musical. The records were released on Simple Machines and other independent labels, including H...

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