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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 for our 2014 grants from states spanning Florida to Washington! Check out the list of winners! We plan to offer the grants every year.  Help support our work by making a tax deductible donation.


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:

California Premiere of Street Requiem

We wrote about this fantastic project in January when the work received its U.S. Premiere.  The Cantata,which addressed topics of homelessness and street violence, is an impressive undertaking and seemingly builds community wherever it is presented.  As we saw earlier this year, the work, which requires an orchestra and several choirs, as well as soloists, becomes […]

Announcing the 2015 Performance Grants

As we strive to encourage better representation for works by women in concert halls and classrooms, we acknowledge that there are continued obstacles that educators, administrations, and ensembles need to overcome […]

Monday Link Round Up: August 24, 2015

Start the week off right with some fresh links: We wrote last week about Jessy McCabe, the student in London who is petitioning for the school curriculum and exams to […]

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