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Looking to broaden the scope of your programming?

Many conductors, directors, ensembles, and curators want to program the music of women and people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, but sometimes don't know where to find these works.

Thus, there's the very human tendency to program the composers and pieces that they already know.

We want to make it as easy as possible for directors to find composers about whom they don't yet know. Below are ideas, and links to excellent resources.


CROWD-SOURCING:

One fast and highly effective way of diversifying a concert is for an ensemble director to use the power of Facebook to crowd-source! Whenever someone posts a specific question like, "who are the female composers with short wind band fanfares" or, "give me the name of a composer of color who has an anthemic piece under 10 minutes with a big ending," etc., the responses pour in immediately and introduce everyone reading that thread to many terrific composers who were not previously on our radar.

OUTREACH:

When established ensemble directors and composers meet newer composers, they can introduce these fresh faces to colleagues, let them know about opportunities, and encourage them to attend conferences at which they can further build their own networks. It won't be long until those composers are doing the same for their peers. A supportive community is one of the best aspects of our expanding music world.

ENGAGEMENT:

Do YOU know of a composer who should be included in these lists? Each of these links welcomes suggestions! Get directly in touch with the individual curators of these resources-- or send an email HERE.

SHARING:

Let's keep expanding these lists and creating additional ones. This growing web page aims to make it easy for everyone to experience the diversity of composers, and the joys of their music, so PLEASE SHARE THE LINK TO THIS WEB PAGE!


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COMPOSER RESOURCE LINKS TO EXPLORE:
WEB PAGES:

THE WIND REPERTORY PROJECT (an online resource for wind band conductors, enthusiasts, and students).

Created by band director Nikk Pilato.

FEMALE BAND COMPOSERS (focusing on works for Grades I - IV).

Created by composer Jodie Blackshaw.

MANY MANY WOMEN (an index of composers, improvisers and sonic artists).

Created by composer Steve Peters.
Currently curated by composer Megan Mitchell.

LGBTQ BAND COMPOSERS PROJECT.

Created by composer and band director Lee Hartman.

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GOOGLE DOCS and PDFs:

WOMEN COMPOSERS DATABASE (indicates genre and ethnicity in addition to gender).

Created by composer Rob Deemer.

Read a January 2, 2018 article that Rob Deemer penned for Drew McManus's blog Adaptistration, explaining the process involved in creating this resource. To add or update a listing, click HERE.

WOMEN COMPOSERS OF WIND BAND MUSIC.

Created by band director Christian Michael Folk.

THE COMPOSERS EQUITY PROJECT: A Database of ALAANA,* Women, and Gender Non-Conforming Composers.

Created by Chamber Music America to represent composers who identify as female and African/Black, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern, and Native American.

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YOUTUBE and VIMEO:

CURATED PLAYLIST of women wind band composers.

Created by band director Christian Michael Folk. Christian has also written a blog post on this topic, which you can read and share, HERE.

110 WOMEN COMPOSERS LINKED TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF THEIR MUSIC. Enjoy clicking around!

Created by Roger Gunn and Rob Deemer.

WOMEN WHO SCORE

Watch this inspiring documentary short film about women composers in the film and video music world, from director Sara Nesson.

For more information about women composers for media, visit the Alliance for Women Film Composers.

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THE TRIANGLE OF DIVERSITY, EQUALITY, AND INCLUSION

There are three prongs to achieving a diverse musical community of composers, instrumentalists, conductors, and anyone else in the field. The responsibility is shared equally with:

Those who are curating concerts,
Those who are professionally established, and
Those who desire their work to be known in the field.

 

AWARENESS:

Encourage those curating concerts to practice intentional programming. With greater forethought, their concerts will better reflect the diversity of their own musicians as well as of their own audiences, and serve to inspire the next generation of composers.

 

ACTION:

Encourage those on the inside of the circle to reach beyond its edges to talented individuals, and expose these newcomers to possibilities of which they might not be aware. Everyone was once an outsider.

 

INITIATIVE:

Encourage those who are not yet known to their established peers to take the initiative, and introduce themselves and their work. Below are a few effective things composers, conductors and others can do that will help them become part of the fabric of the professional world:

—Attend concerts:
Say hello to the participants afterward, and follow up with a friendly, personal email (NEVER a bulk mailing). If appropriate, include a website link, especially one to a specific piece or event that might be of interest to the performers.

—Attend conferences:
Armed with business cards and CDs or thumb drives to hand out, walk the aisles and engage with people at the booths, go to the workshops and chat with the participants afterward, and participate in social events.

—Be present in interactive online communities:
Avoid posting too often solely about oneself, in favor of posting things geared toward a broader swath of other people's interests.

—Get involved with music advocacy organizations:
Join national and international groups and be engaged with them online, and become active with local groups. There is a wealth of knowledge, camaraderie, and potential opportunity to be had through the joy of volunteerism and improving the scene for one's peers, whether or not one's already established.


Remember: let's keep expanding these lists and creating additional ones. This growing web page aims to make it easy for everyone to experience the diversity of composers, and the joys of their music, so PLEASE SHARE THE LINK TO THIS WEB PAGE!

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