News: International Women's Day 2017

Composer Index from the British Music Collection with the female names in bold
Wednesday 8th March
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International Women's Day 2017

This year Sound and Music will be marking International Women's Day with a week of activity across our platforms, opening up the conversation about gender equality in the sector and celebrating and championing the work of female composers.

Our activity will run from Mon 6th until Fri 10th March, with International Women's Day on Wed 8th March. 


50:50 by 2020

Our CEO Susanna Eastburn has written a blog to mark International Women's day, calling for sector wide change and commitment. 

Read the full blog post here >>

Get involved: #beboldforchange 

The British Music Collection website is home to thousands of composer profiles, dating as far back as 1896. You can browse works, discover new music, and read blogs that unpick the stories within the physical collection.

However, out of 3185 profiles on the collection only 13% are female.

We have highlighted this imbalance with an intervention to the Composer Index here >>

We hope that if you’re looking at this as a composer who identifies as a woman then you’ll contact us to create your own profile or help us to populate any empty, overlooked or undervalued profiles.

Inisights on being a woman composer

To mark International Women's Day 2017, we asked three artists who have worked closely with Sound and Music to share their experiences of being a female composer today.

Sarah Sayeed, Laura Reid and Patricia Alessandrini share their thoughts as well offering advice to those starting out.

If you want to find out more about the artists or want to share your own experiences, visit to get involved.

Take a listen...

The SaM team have put together an eclectic playlist of their favourite music by female artists. It's a musical mashup - a 3 hour journey across continents, decades and genres. Follow Sam Sam on Spotify or listen below

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