Australia’s female composers are having a moment. We need to harness that energy

Today women make up 26% of Australian composers, sound artists and improvising performers. It’s not close to gender parity but the figures do stack up well internationally – the only country to fare better is Estonia with 30%. Women make up about 20% of American and Polish composers but, for most countries, the average is a woeful 15%.

Sadly, however, the majority of women still struggle with visibility. According to musicologist Sally Macarthur, women’s music represented only 11% of the works performed at new music concerts in 2013. In the concert halls where the more conservative orchestras reside, it is far rarer to hear a work by a female composer – dead or alive.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jul/27/australian-women-composers-are-being-brought-into-the-spotlight-and-not-a-moment-too-soon-and-we-should-embrace-it?

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