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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?



Learn about our Grants, and then start the application process!  We have $20,000 in funding to offer in Grants of $500 to $1,000.  Here are some repertoire ideas  featuring historic composers.


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 2014 Performance Grants awarded $19,000 to more than 30 orchestras

The Latest From Our Blog:

Monday Link Round Up: October 5, 2015

Some news to start your week! Welcome to October – and a new quiz from Into the Light Radio!  Have a listen and enter for a chance to win a CD of orchestral works by women composers. The Guardian has a review of a new recording of songs collected by King Henry VIII’s most famous wife, […]

Featured Guest Blog: Maria Noriega Rachwal on the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra

Today we are delighted to feature the work of Maria Noriega Rachwal, a music teacher and musicologist living in Toronto, Ontario. She lectures widely on women in music and has written […]

The Life and Work of Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk is one of the most recognized – and recognizable – American composers working today.  Her work is acclaimed, and unorthodox.  Recognition for her achievements have included commissions, residencies, and […]

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