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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:

Fresno Philharmonic Performs Gabriela Lena Frank

As we mentioned earlier, there was an enthusiastic response to the 2014 Performance Grants in support of hearing more works by women composers.  The first concert is already right around the corner! The Fresno Philharmonic  will feature Gabriela Lena Frank’s Three Latin American Dances on Sunday, January 25.  Frank’s work shares the program with Ravel’s Bolero, Piazzolla’s Tangazo, and Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto […]

Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute

As more orchestras are learning, the key to robust and engaged audiences is not just innovative programming but also the support of new music and young composers.  The Minnesota Orchestra […]

The Importance of Innovative Programming

There should be no surprise that we at Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy are enthusiastic about supporting innovative ideas for concerts.  But though we are among the relatively few voices that acknowledge […]

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