New fund promotes music written by women

A new fund aims to raise awareness and appreciation of music written by women throughout history.

Thanks to a gift from Diana Ambache, the ABO Trust will distribute annual grants under the new ‘Sirens’ strand.

Each year £19,000 will be shared between 4 to 5 projects for concerts, tours, recordings and education work deemed to be doing most to advance and promote the understanding of music by women. These will be selected by a panel agreed between the ABO and Diana Ambache.

The scheme will be open to full and associate members of the ABO. Pieces should be for orchestra including opera and choral works that require an orchestra.

Women of Note lists orchestral music by historical women composers. Priority consideration will be given to projects showing substantial profile raising of works by female composers, work that addresses a significant gap in provision, challenges contemporary attitudes, and takes an enterprising approach to influencing people.

The deadline is Tuesday 28 February 2017, 5pm. All submissions must be completed using the grant application form. This is a downloadable document on the ABO website. The grant application should be emailed to Fiona Harvey: