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Connecting underrepresented composers with wind band conductor-educators to foster equitable programming practices through collaborative recording and digital dissemination.


With more than 25,000 media units (printed sheet music, originals, gray literature, about 3,500 CDs and other recordings, historical concert posters, over 40 estates, literature such as dissertations and other theses, biographies, non-fiction, etc.) by and more than 1,800 female and male composers The archive Frau und Musik is the oldest (founded 1979), largest and most important archive of this kind in the world, also for conductors from 52 nations from the 9th to the 21st century.


Led by violinist Laura Colgate and musicologist Joy Leilani-Garbutt, the Boulanger Initiative’s mission is to work towards greater inclusivity, and to enrich our collective understanding of what music is, has been, and can be.

Castle of our skins

Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present.

Colourfull music

Created by Jodie Blackshaw, Colourfull Music shares concert programs for wind bands of all capability that are FULL of a diverse range of composers from around the globe. 



Exposure TV is a video series dedicated to showcasing music written by composers of marginalized identities while capturing the stories of the unique artists behind the performances.

donne | women in music

Founded by soprano Gabriella Di Laccio, Donne raises awareness about the huge inequality that we currently experience when it comes to knowing women composers and hearing their music, in order to create a more equal world for future generations.

International Alliance for Women in Music

The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) is an international membership organization of women and men dedicated to fostering and encouraging the activities of women in music, particularly in the areas of musical activity such as composing, performing, and research in which gender discrimination is an historic and ongoing concern.


Kassia Art Song Database

Created by Logan Contrerase, the Kassia Database is a resource geared toward aiding singers, teachers, pianists, and music lovers to discover and celebrate art song by women composers. The database includes songs from the Baroque period through the 21st century and have been categorized by level, voice type, language, composer, and composer dates. 

listening to Ladies

Listening to Ladies is a podcast which first aired on September 26th, 2016. The episodes feature excerpts from interviews with composers who are women, interwoven with samples of their work. Interviewees include established, emerging and under-recognized composers from the USA, Canada, Argentina, Israel, Iran, Scotland, England, and Australia.


MAESTRA provides support, visibility, and community for the women who make the music in the musical theater industry. Their membership is made up of female-identifying, non-binary, and gender non-conforming composers, music directors, orchestrators, arrangers, copyists, rehearsal pianists and other musicians who are an underrepresented minority in musical theater.


Founded by violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Music By Black Composers has the following mission:
•Inspire Black students to begin and continue instrumental training.
•Make the music of Black composers available to everyone.
•Help to change the face of classical music through greater diversity.