The Living Music Report revealed that only 0.05% of works performed in 2019 were written by First Nations composers and just 3% of works in repertoire were by female composers. Women have experienced prejudice over the years resulting in a poor representation in the classical music canon, limited role models for contemporary female composers, and a tendency for companies to program familiar male composers which attract an assured audience. This creates a greater financial risk for companies presenting female works, and fewer pieces by female composers to select from, particularly from First Nations composers. Hear Her Voice is a multifaceted approach to address the lack of women composing in the industry, and provides clear opportunities to develop women within this sector. It will
– provide crucial career pathways, residencies and profile through commissions and premieres
– provide established female composers as role models and mentors for emerging female artists
– promote women across the broader industry and provide partnership and professional recordings of their work for national broadcast
– advance women composer’s professional capacity and careers. FQ will champion and celebrate women composers, growing a future audience for their work. It will lead the industry by programming and promoting (not just commissioning) female composers in its mainstream programming to demonstrate the popularity and financial viability of presenting women composers.