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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?


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


Are women composers still excluded from orchestral programming?


A look at U.S. data:



COMING IN EARLY SEPTEMBER: our 2014 Performance Grants!

The Latest From Our Blog:

Laura Kaminsky at American Opera Projects

Laura Kaminsky will be taking over the position of Composer In Residence at American Opera Projects.  The company, based in Brooklyn, NY, states its mission as: to identify, develop and present new and innovative works of music theater by emerging and established artists and to engage our audiences in an immersive, transformative theatrical experience. At [...]

Follow Up: WQXR’s Emerging Women Marathon

Leading up to the Emerging Women marathon on Sunday (August 24), WQXR has presented some statistics about the current role of women as composers in today’s music. The results are, as [...]

American Music Project Kicks Off

The newly-established American Music Project has been making a bit of buzz as of late. Formally announced on August 4, the nascent nonprofit is philosophically allied with Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy in [...]

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