Speed-Dating for Women Composers

Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria
Key objectives of the measure:
  • building a network in the area of gender and music
  • strengthening public perception of the oeuvre of contemporary Austrian women composers
  • helping to place contemporary art at the heart of society and ensuring stable conditions for artistic creation
Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

The music business is yet another area in which gender plays an important role. Whilst the gender ratio in university-level composition programmes has improved in recent years, young women composers and musicians still face challenges in their professional careers due to traditional gender stereotypes.

To counteract this fact, 2012 saw the Arts and Culture Division of the Austrian Federal Chancellery initiate networking events – referred to as “Speed-Dating” – in order to facilitate contacts between women composers and event organizers, music festival directors, ensemble leaders, and music publishers.

The core objective is to increase the number of works by women composers that are performed in concerts and festivals. Eleven ensembles performed works by the thirteen women composers who participated in the first Speed-Dating event. In the light of its success, this format was continued and expanded to also include women composers of electronic music, electro-acoustic works, and sound-design.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:
  • strengthening the perception and appreciation of the oeuvre of contemporary Austrian women composers, in particular among event organizers and music institutions (concert halls, festivals, etc)
  • an increase in the number of contemporary works by women composers performed in concerts and festivals
Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

No data available

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:
  • significant increase in the number of performances of contemporary works of music, composed by women (evaluation 2015)
  • 73,8% of participating event organizers report that their perception of women composers has improved
  • 71,4% of participating women composers report that they have the impression the perception of their work has improved
Indicators used to determine impact:
the number of contemporary works by women composers performed in concerts and festivalsand results of a survey among participants
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