Awareness & Advocacy

Advocating for women in music around the globe and promoting their music through concerts, competitions, conferences, and grants.

Our Mission

The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) fosters and encourages the activities of women in music.

The Vision

The IAWM is the world’s leading organization devoted to the equity, promotion, and advocacy of women in music across time, cultures, and genres.

Providing a voice for women in music since 1995

What We Do

Advocacy & community

Advocating for increased visibility and programming for women in music across all disciplines

Champions for Equity

Combating discrimination against women in all genres and disciplines in music (inclusivity)

A Platform for women's voices

Publishing articles about the work of women in music, conference & festival reports, research, reviews, and more


Providing support, resources, and access to award and grant opportunities via IAWM programs

Latest News & Updates

2021 IAWM Programming Award Winner

2021 IAWM Programming Award Winner

The Programming Award recognizes those performers who have made deliberate, conscious efforts to achieve greater gender equity in their programming by including women composers and/or performers.

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2022 Call for Conference

2022 Call for Conference

The IAWM invites you to contribute a proposal for presentations, performances and panels for Call & (HER) Response: Music in the Time of Change, our 2022 Hybrid Conference from June 2-4, 2022.

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New IAWM Board Members

New IAWM Board Members

Check out our new ten new Board members! With years of experience in diverse facets of music, they are dedicated to advancing the visibility of women’s music, and shaping the future of this organization.

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Membership Opportunities

Concerts & Competitions

Search for New Music

The IAWM has announced its annual “Search for New Music by Women Composers” competition. Membership in IAWM is required, but the call is open to IAWM women-identified composer members.

Programming Award

The deadline for the 2021 Programming Award is September 15th, 2021. Awards are open to any solo performers, performance groups, or arts organizations that are current members of IAWM. Look under PROGRAMS for more details.

Radio Requests


Since 2004, the IAWM has used the Radio Requests campaign to promote broadcasts of music by women composers. Every week, participants in the IAWM’s listserv and visitors to this Web page are encouraged to ask local and Internet stations to play works by a chosen woman composer.

IAWM Calendar

December 19, 2021: Conference Proposals Due

Open Call for Conference Proposals 

See Conferences Page for more information

December 30, 2021 - Due date for Journal Proposals for Articles, Reports and more for IAWM's FIRST EVER Winter 2022 Journal

See Journal page for more details


Elizabeth de Brito of the Daffodil Perspective,  11am Pacific; 2:00 Eastern and 7:00 GMT  British musicologist and gender equity activist Elizabeth de Brito addresses some of the issues surrounding the increased promotion of female composers

IAWM Members

Today’s Featured Members

Monica Jakuc Leverett

Piano & fortepiano

Hannah Selin

Composer / Violinist / Vocalist

Linda Dusman

Composer / Educator

Libby Meyer