UPDATE 4 August 2020
Dear Friends of the Women in Music Festival,
We hope you are all doing well.
Today, given new restrictions announced on Sunday in Victoria, we have a few updates regarding Women in Music Festival events.
Firstly, in acknowledgement of the challenges experienced by some of our young composers who are in lockdown and yet who are trying to complete their works for the Student Composition Challenge, we have extended the deadline for submission to 5pm, Tuesday 8 September 2020. The concert in which the judging panel's selection of compositions will be performed will now be held in November 2020, date TBC.
Next, we are sadly unable to bring you the Festival concerts scheduled for September 2020, which were to include a stunning new piece by Wiradjuri Composer and Soprano Shauntai Batzke, and a magnificent set of pieces by film composer Bryony Marks.
We will however be bringing you some exciting 'behind ]the scenes' footage: peeks into rehearsal moments, insights into the artistic process and practise of our magnificent women composers, and some fun, frank and fearless interviews and podcasts, leading up to a new set of concert dates in April 2021.
It's a tough time for so many, but we send our love and thanks to you: thanks for your brilliant support of our concerts at the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall in July, thank you for your ongoing responsiveness to our social media, and thank you for your support of women composers, past and present.
Monica and Caroline
LESS THAN 5% OF MUSIC PERFORMED ON THE CONCERT PLATFORM IS WRITTEN BY WOMEN.
The Women in Music Festival is in celebration and support of women composers across multiple genres and was founded to address the fact that less than 5% of music performed on the concert platform is of music written by women... more
CHALLENGE NOW OPEN!
The inaugural Women in Music Festival Student Composition Challenge is now open!
This year we have partnered with the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) to offer students the opportunity to write a short piece - inspired by poetry - for a prescribed ensemble or instruments from that ensemble, namely flute, voice, piano and percussion.
With five genre categories to choose from, applicants also have the chance to win cash and prizes which will be presented to the winners by the Australian Music Examination Board.
Click here for all the details.
N'Arweet Carolyn Briggs
Boon Wurrung Elder