How Would You Define Diverse Programming?

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Pop quiz! Which of the following items is not an example of diverse artistic programming: Operas written by women. Operas written by minorities. Operas written by living composers. Operas written by dead white guys. Over the weekend, a friend’s Facebook post caught my attention when it pointed out some 2018/19 season announcement marketing copy from the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s website (emphasis is found in the original copy): We pride ourselves …

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Lack Of Women Composers Among Some Big Budget Orch 2018/19 Programming

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On 1/31/2018, the always sharp Alex Ross published a short but powerful tweet about something he noticed in the 2018/19 season announcements from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Number of female composers programmed by the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra for the 2018-19 season: 0 — Alex Ross (@alexrossmusic) January 31, 2018 Not too long ago, we examined a similar lack of women composers in masterworks programming …

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#TBT It’s As Though We Had A Crystal Ball

I’m beginning to wonder in the #TBT series might not be such a great idea. Granted, it’s great fun combing through thousands of posts to find forgotten gems but every now and then, something turns up that reminds me how long I’ve been at this. Case in point, this article from 2004 titled Is Video Game Music The Next Big Outreach Tool? A valid question in 2004 and in retrospect, the format …

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#TBT How To Succeed At Artistic Planning Without Really Trying

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I can’t begin to express how satisfying it is to see so many readers connecting with Rob Deemer’s guest author article earlier this week announcing the official release of the Women Composers Database. I have no doubt it will go a long way toward improving the representation of women composers in mainstream artistic programming. Hopefully, it will help the field see less programming that resembles artistic decision making along the lines of …

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A Fully Operational Women Composers Database

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2017 is rightly being perceived as a watershed year for women’s issues throughout our society and in many parts of the world. One important aspect of this is the role of women composers in our culture. Just as Hollywood has slowly realized that the number of talented women who can write, direct, shoot, and edit films has far outpaced the number of women being hired to take on those roles, the …

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