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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?


Attending ASCO? Here is our “Do you know these composers?” flier — with the names revealed!


Are women composers still excluded from orchestral programming?

A look at U.S. data:

2015-16 data gathered by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Our take on the 2015-16 Season

2014-15 data gathered by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra





The Latest From Our Blog:

Monday Link Round Up: August 29, 2016

News to start your week!   ICYMI we are celebrating the 130th birthday of Rebecca Carke!  Read more about Clarke’s life, music, and legacy here – or at The Rebecca Clarke Society!   The reviews are in from the City of Birmingham’s performance at the BBC Proms, and The Guardian called the performance, led by Mirga […]


Interest continues to build in the music of the exceptionally talented British-American violist and composer, Rebecca Clarke. An exciting new CD featuring her best-known work has been released just in […]

Monday Link Round Up: August 22, 2016

News to start your week! The Fall 2016 edition of The Kapralova Society newsletter is now available to download!  Articles include a conversation with conductor Odaline de la Martinez and an […]

WPA Performance Grant Applications now LIVE

We are thrilled to once again offer funding through Performance Grants – supporting performances of works by women composers by American orchestras. The goal of these grants, first established in […]

Learn about our 2015 PERFORMANCE GRANT WINNERS!  

And make sure you  get the announcement about next year’s grants!

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