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Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to “leveling the playing field” for women in classical music, especially composers. Recent decades have uncovered and produced many great works by women, but most of this music has yet to reach mainstream classical audiences.  It’s time to change that habit of exclusion and bring this wonderful music into the mainstream. We still sometimes hear the question “Why have there been no great women composers?” The Women’s Philharmonic (a professional orchestra from 1981-2004) proved that was the wrong question to ask—instead the question is Why are orchestras not performing more works by women, and why are audiences not allowed to hear them?


Update on our Performance Grants

We received applications from states spanning Florida to Washington! Check out the list of winners! We plan to offer the grants every year now!



Are women composers still excluded from orchestral programming?

A look at U.S. data:



And: 2014-15 data gathered by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


 Our 2012 Performance Grants awarded $18,000 to more than 20 orchestras

The Latest From Our Blog:

Tania León at Harvard

Composer Tania León will be at Harvard TODAY at 4:00 p.m. for a conversation about her work and music.  León will be discussing many aspects of her career including her work in composition, conducting, teaching, and arts leadership. The event is free and open to the public. More information here. This weekend the Harvard University Music […]

Mount Holyoke Plays Hopekirk

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, winner of a 2014 Performance Grant, will have their final concert of the season on Friday, April 17 featuring Helen Hopekirk’s Concertstück. Helen Hopekirk (1856-1945) was […]

IAWM 2015 Congress

The International Alliance for Women in Music is holding their Congress this week in an exciting and wonderfully inclusive and accessible online format. The 20th Anniversary Congress is completely online with live-streamed […]

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