international women's day 2011

‘Women Make Music’ a funding opportunity to raise awareness of the gender gap and encourage new collaborations launches on 8th March 2011

Posted on: 2 March 2011

Launch date of ‘Women Make Music’ to coincide with International Women’s Day celebrations on 8th March 2011.

PRS for Music Foundation is launching an exciting opportunity to celebrate the work of women composers, to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8, 2011.

Women Make Music is an open call for proposals from music organisations, festivals, ensembles, promoters and venues in the UK to commission a new work by a woman composer with whom they have not worked before.

Financial support of up to £5000 is available, and new music in any genre is welcome, from classical, jazz and experimental, to urban, electronica and pop.

This call aims to raise awareness of the gender gap between music creators and contribute to raising the profile of women who are creating new music in the UK.

Chair of PRS for Music Foundation, Sally Taylor said:
We are launching this call because we want to raise awareness about the funding we offer to music creators and encourage more women to come forward for this support. By promoting role models for future generations, we hope that we will be encouraging more women to think about making a living as a music creator.

Imogen Heap, who is performing at the Women of the World Festival on March 11th endorses this call and encourages women to apply:
I know they’re out there, I’ve met and heard of a few, but would love to know more and hear more as we’re only hearing one side of the story!

Emily Hall, whose song cycle written for Mara Carlyle will be premiered during the Women of the World Festival, said:
The Women Make Music call is a great way of drawing attention to the support that is available from PRS for Music Foundation and I hope it inspires other women to think about applying.

Applications for ‘Women Make Music’ will be accepted from 8th March 2011 – International Women’s Day. There are 2 deadlines for applications on 13th May and 8th August 2011.


For details of how to apply for Women Make Music please visit

Women Make Music
* A unique funding opportunity for momen music creators. Launching on International Women’s Day 8 March 2011
* We want to raise the profile of women who are making music in the UK.

Are you:
* a woman creating and performing new music of any genre?
* an organisation commissioning a new piece of music from a woman you have not yet worked with?

Yes? Then you may be able to apply for up to £5000.
* Who we can support and how we can support them
* What we hope to achieve through Women Make Music.
* Why this call
* Women Make Music: The background

Find out about our previous work in the music gender discussion and there’s some useful links here too.

From 8th March 2011 you will be able to apply for our Women Make Music fund.

For all links including application process (from 8th March) go to

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