The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy—a nonprofit organization established in 2008 to support the performance of orchestral works by women composers—is in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign to fund its Performance Grants program. The $15,000 fundraising campaign began in February and ends on April 10; 100 percent of monies raised will go to U.S. orchestras who agree to program music composed by women composers. The Performance Grants has given $18,000 to 26 U.S. orchestras since its launch in 2012 to fund performances of works by Chen Yi, Libby Larsen, Joan Tower, Emily Koh, and Alexandra Bryant, among others. The 2012 campaign raised “a great deal of interest in the work of women composers,” according to a press release. “We received a range of inquiries, which revealed that many lack knowledge about the achievements of women in music, and are eager to learn. The 2014 grant program will grow on the outreach and excitement generated by the first.” The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is an outgrowth of the Women’s Philharmonic, 1980-2004.
Posted April 8, 2014