The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy—a nonprofit established in 2008 to promote the works of women composers and celebrate the legacy of the Women’s Philharmonic (1980-2004)—has announced that it is extending the deadline for performance grants of $500 to $1,000 to encourage orchestras to perform music composed by women, both historic and contemporary. Applications are now being accepted from U.S. orchestras through the WPA’s website through November 26. The organization particularly encourages youth and student orchestras to apply, and vocal ensembles are also welcome to apply for performances that include orchestras. More information about the grants is available at the WPA website. The Women’s Philharmonic was founded by Elizabeth Seja Min, Miriam Abrams, and Nan Washburn; during its years of operation it received seventeen ASCAP awards as well as the League of American Orchestras’ John S. Edwards Award given to orchestras demonstrating commitment to new American music.

Posted November 19, 2014