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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:

Solar Winds at Brandeis University

This Saturday (February 28) Solar Winds will present a not-to-be missed concert at Brandeis University.  This poster says it all: From their website: On February 28 at Brandeis University, Solar Winds will perform a concert of wind quintets composed entirely by women.  The compositions are varied, entertaining, and musically significant. The concert opens with a brief and graceful […]

NEW DISCOVERIES of Florence Price’s Music revealed in Arkansas Festival!!

The historic importance of Florence Price (1887–1953), as the first African American woman to have a Symphony performed by a major orchestra, has been recognized.  However, while she had some […]

Virginia Symphony Premieres Larsen

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, winner of a 2014 Performance Grant, will give the World Premiere of a new version of Libby Larsen’s Four on the Floor this weekend.  Originally composed for […]

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