The Institute for Composer Diversity, housed at the State University of New York at Fredonia, is a broad-based center dedicated to the celebration, education, and advocacy of music created by composers from historically underrepresented groups through online tools, research-based resources, and sponsored initiatives. The Institute for Composer Diversity works in four distinct arenas:
Our award-winning Composer Diversity Database allows users to search and browse through almost four thousand composers and our newly-added Christian Michael Folk Wind Band Database, the first of many planned genre-based databases, adds the important ability to search for individual works as well.
Our research projects will gather and curate data from the professional and educational concert worlds and provide simple, straight-forward analyses of current programming and curricular trends.
Our resource initiatives will provide conductors, performers, educators, researchers, media programmers, and music distributors tools with which they can make data-informed and model-based decisions on how best to diversify their programming and connect with their audiences and students.
Advocacy for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion of works by composers from underrepresented groups will entail strong partnerships with many national and international organizations.