Sound and Music has launched a month-long programme ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD) this Thursday, aimed at opening up the debate and championing female composers.
The new music charity will once again be taking the opportunity of IWD to publish its data and insights, review ongoing debates, and, ‘most importantly highlight some of the incredible work produced every day by women in new music, from the UK and beyond.’
Throughout March, it will be profiling #afemalecomposeraday, both past and present, on the British Music Collection.
A special ‘sound collection’ has been produced for Minute of Listening, the organisation’s platform for creative and active listening aimed at primary school children. It will feature music by Anna Meredith, Daphne Oram, Pauline Oliveros, Judith Weir and many more.
Meanwhile on IWD this Thursday (8 March), there will be a special edition of the Sound and Music podcast with Shama Rahman, Sarah Sayeed, Nicola LeFanu and Erika Fox discussing: ‘how feminism, motherhood and struggles for gender equality intersect with life as a composer.’
IWD is celebrated on 8 March every year to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress, motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.