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The Institute for Composer Diversity is committed to the celebration, elevation, and inclusion of music created by composers from historically underrepresented groups including women, composers of color, LGBTQIA2+ composers, and disabled composers.

We provide dynamic, flexible resources to the music community in order to advance an environment in which historically underrepresented groups are fully represented and supported. We also advocate for diversity and inclusion in the arenas of concert music programming, music education, research and publishing, and community engagement through interactive digital tools, data curation, and public advocacy.


The Institute for Composer Diversity operates within the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Aligned with Fredonia’s goals for each of its students to be skilled, creative, connected, and responsible, the Institute has evolved from a simple resource project for the Fredonia composition studio to be more aware of women composers in 2016 to a robust research and advocacy organization within which Fredonia students take part as Research Fellows and through independent studies.

While the Institute is sponsored by the State University of New York at Fredonia, the Institute will not receive an allocation of state funds. The Institute at the time of inception is being run entirely on a volunteer basis, but it is a major priority for the administrative staff to have stipend support in the future (the current Director, Rob Deemer, will not receive stipend support to further this priority). The source of this funding will be a combination of annual giving, major gifts, and grant support.