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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?

 

The 2014 Performance Grant Applications are here! 

WPA is happy to announce that applications for our Performance Grants are now available on our website.  We previously offered these grants in 2012.   The purpose of these grants is to encourage orchestras to perform music composed by women – both historic and contemporary.

Any U.S. orchestra (ensemble including sectional strings) is invited to apply.  Funds may be used in support of programming for the 2015 or 2016 calendar years.

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Are women composers still excluded from orchestral programming?

A look at U.S. data:

2009-2010
2008-2009

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

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