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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:

Frank World Premiere

The Houston Symphony has commissioned a new work by Gabriela Lena Frank.  The world premiere will take place this weekend (September 19-21) as the kick-off of the 101st concert season.  From the press release about the upcoming performance: A Houston Symphony commission, Karnavalingo draws upon the musical culture of Frank’s mother’s homeland of Perú with its rich [...]

Hildegard’s Feast Day

Today is the Feast day of one of the best known women composers – and, typically, the only one to be included in a typical history textbook – is Hildegard [...]

Remembering Nadia Boulanger

Today would be the 127th birthday of Nadia Boulanger – the foremost music educator of the 20th century.  Her skill and expertise were widely sought, and her list of students [...]

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