The Composer Diversity Database

Six months ago, I wrote about a new online database that made it easier for anyone to discover women composers and their music. At the end of that article, I expressed my intentions: to create a similar database focusing on composers of color and “a potential transformation from the current shared spreadsheet to a more stable and intuitive website”. Six months later, I am happy to say that I and my …

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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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#TBT Get Ready For An Update To The Women Composer Database Project

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In advance of an update article next week about composer and arts administrator Rob Deemer’s Women Composer Database Project, I wanted to make sure you knew what the project is all and just how important the database will be to the field as it continues to grow. To that end, this pair of articles will bring you up to speed on how Deemer started the idea and where it’s grown over …

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Women Composer Database Project Update: A Marvelous Response So Far!


The response to the post from 3/9/17 introducing readers to Rob Deemer’s Women Composer Database Project has been marvelous. To date, there have been nearly 500 shares and several thousand page views but the best part is how much you’ve been contributing to the project! Let’s take a closer look. Beyond Social Shares Sharing the post with friends and colleagues is a critical step in expanding awareness but you’ve blown past …

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Are You Aware Of The Women Composer Database Project?

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On 3/16/2012, composer and arts administrator Rob Deemer wrote an article for NewMusicBox that included a list of women composers. His motivation was rooted in discussions from that time about women composers and since then, that simple list has grown into a full-fledged database project. I contacted Deemer to learn more about how the project started and where it’s going. “In my original NMBx article, I wrote ‘Having been the positions …

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