Opinion: Bring more works by women composers center stage

Posted on: February 6, 2017

“The Celluloid Ceiling Report, conducted by the San Diego State University Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, revealed that women constituted just 17 percent of all directors, writers, producers, editors and cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing films in 2016,” writes Lydia Kontos in Wednesday’s (2/1) Huffington Post. Kontos is executive director of Kaufman Music Center in New York City. “Only three percent of music composers were female…. For the most part, the arts and entertainment landscape remains exclusive…. Missy Mazzoli is one example of an artist who is helping young women find their voice. Working in collaboration with Kaufman Music Center’s youth orchestra, Face the Music, Mazzoli, along with acclaimed composers Ellen Reid, Reena Esmail and Kristin Kuster, launched a program called Luna Composition Lab. Luna Lab aims to address the gender imbalance head-on by creating role models, mentorship and performance opportunities for girls…. The League of American Orchestras sponsors orchestral opportunities for women in the early stages of their career. The EarShot project of the American Composers Orchestra [in partnership with the League] has featured the music of more than 100 women composers over the past 15 years…. In 2017, let’s build on the momentum and help bring them to center stage.”

Posted February 6, 2017