Institutions for Women in Music

Since the founding of the Internationaler Arbeitskreis Frau und Musik e. V. and the Archiv Frau und Musik in 1979, our example has been followed by many more institutes and institutions that have helped initiate and enhance women’s and gender research, contributing to cultural diversity in accordance with Germany’s equality policies.

Here are some more important women-in-music institutions in

Germany and in German speaking nations:

Sophie Drinker Institut in Bremen | MUGI – Musik und Gender im Internet in Hamburg (Online-Lexikon) | Forschungszentrum Musik und Gender in Hannover | ForumMusikDiversität in der Schweiz | musica femina münchen e. V. | Internationale Komponistinnen-Bibliothek Unna | Melodiva – Frauenmusikbüro in Frankfurt am Main | CID – Fraen an Gender in Luxemburg | Heroines of Sound, Festival in Berlin


Ambache Charitable Trust in London/UK | A Modern Reveal, USA | …and we were heard | Boulanger Initiative in Washington D.C./USA | British Music Collection (with focus on women’s music), UK | Canadian Women Composers in Canada | Centre International Nadia et Lili Boulanger in Paris/France | Compos(h)er – Tumblr blog | Donne | Women in Music | Fondazione Adkins Chiti Donne in Musica in Italy | Illuminate Women’s Music, UK | International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM), USA | Institute for Composer Diversity in Fredonia/USA | Kaprálová Society in Toronto/Canada | Keychange/PRS Foundation, worldwide quota project | KVAST Association for Swedish women composers | Listening To Ladies, podcast by Elisabeth Blair, USA | Many Many Women, catalogue with over 1,200 women composers | Music by Black Composers in Chicago/USA | Related Sources, collected lists by Alex Shapiro about women composers | Sound and Music, podcast, UK | The Daffodil Perspective, radioshow about women composers, UK (unfortunately, the project had to be discontinued; for documentation reasons we leave the link) | Venus Blazing, a project by the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London/UK | Venus Unwrapped, a project by the Kings Place Music Foundation, London/UK | Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy in New York/USA | Piano Music She WroteAllegra Sparkle’s Guide to the Great Composers

Great overview about the most and most important institutes for women’s music as a graphic network created by Mirca Lotz (Munich)