We co-founded the Boulanger Initiative because there is so much incredible music composed by women and we think people should be hearing more of it. The overwhelming majority of concert programs, music textbooks, and classical radio stations focus almost exclusively on music composed by men. We found that even among other musicians the first names that come to mind when you say “composer” are usually dead white men Brahms, and Mahler, and Mendelssohn Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky Debussy. Love me some Debussy Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms Schubert Um… All men. And when we asked for the names of women who compose? Uh… Uh… Female composers… I, I…zero I’ve got nothing. I’ve just heard of one who’s still alive I can’t which is terrible. It’s horrible! I’m a singer. As a society, we have largely ignored the artistic contributions of many women in the past and that lack of representation has affected our current ideas about who can be a composer. It never occurred to me that I could write music. That was not something that was ever presented as an option for me. We strongly believe that exposing young people to the idea that women compose music is so important for creating a more equitable future in classical music. That’s why we are creating lesson plans and presentations for students at all levels so that we can visit schools and classrooms, partner with universities, and make sure that students who want to compose, know that they can do it. We are also launching a music festival, March 8-10, 2019 beginning on International Women’s Day, to present three days of concerts, education events, masterclasses, and workshops. Then in the 2019-20 season we’ll present a full season of concerts exclusively featuring music composed by women. But that’s not all! We also want to support the creation of new music through commissions, to ensure that as women continue to write music there is space for it to be heard But we need your help! If you love music and you want to hear from more women, please support the initiative We have a fundraising goal of $50,000 by January 1st, 2019 This money will help us launch our intiative, fund our festival, and support our education and outreach. You also visit our website BoulangerInitiative.org to find about more about what we our doing and how you can be involved.