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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:

Women Composers on Social Media

With the flurry of activity surrounding Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, I’ve come across some excellent and affirming acknowledgements of women’s work in music in some unexpected places.  There are many inspired and wonderfully intentioned people working to spread the word about women’s work in music across what are largely social media platforms.  For example: […]

Classical Music Moonlighters

The Guardian has a great piece up highlighting “Classical Music Moonlighters“. The list of composers who worked on music after they finished their day jobs includes: Ethel Smyth (who was […]

Marin Alsop at Harvard

Internationally acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop will be at Harvard University on March 24 to receive the Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award. That Alsop is being honored is no surprise.  Her innovative […]

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