International Alliance for Women in Music


Every three years, IAWM brings together performers, composers, scholars, innovators, conductors, audio engineers, improvisers, theorists, and more who celebrate, challenge, and transform our future through music. Submissions begin March 15, 2024.

2025 IAWM International Conference


Partnering with the


College Music Society


June 15-23, 2025


Bogotá and Medellín Colombia, South America


 Women in the World

Call for Papers, Presentations, Panel Discussion, Scores and more

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2024, 11:59pm

 Thank you for all who submitted:  

Notifications: June 2-9, 2024

Registration begins by mid-June 


The International Alliance for Women in Music is excited to invite you to apply and contribute a submission for Women in the World, our 2025 Conference to be held at the beautiful campuses of Javeriana University, a private university founded in 1623 in Bogotá, and EAFIT University  a modern university in Medellín Colombia.

We have a great conference planned for you!  We will experience one of the most beautiful countries in South America. We will arrive in Bogotá, a bustling metropolis with cultural and gastronomic offerings that are the envy of any major city. The conference then moves to Medellín, also known as the City of Eternal Spring, where positive leadership and vision have transformed the city into a safe and modern place to visit.  Cultural visits will include local Coffee Farms, Cultural Instiutions including the Museo Nacional de Colombia, walking tours and more. Finally, no visit to Colombia would be complete without salsa dancing, and we will learn with some of the finest dance teachers in the city.

Who can Participate? OPEN CALL

This is an open call with no prescripted topics. Given our theme and the location, we want to hear about Women of the World; uncovering unheard voices; raising the visibility of underrepresented women globally; those women who are reimagining equity and inclusion in the world of music making; those challenging the “canon”; those whose history has been ignored, and we particularly want to celebrate the wealth of music creation and performance by and about women in Latin America. We welcome independent and academic researchers, performers, composers, interdisciplinary artists, sound ecologists, conductors, music technologists, students and more!  We look forward to gathering as a community!

The details of the entire call are found in a downloadable PDF at the bottom of this page.  


Proposers and/or Submitting Composers and Performers MUST be current members of the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM)  at the time of submission. Keep in mind the processing time for membership applications and/or renewals can be 1–2 business days.

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Submissions by non-members at the time of submission will be automatically disqualified.

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*Note:  Accompanying performers may wait until acceptance to join IAWM.

**For this conference, IAWM Board and Staff members, with the exception of the Executive Committee, may submit a proposal. However, to ensure fairness, proposals received by such persons will be reviewed independently and blindly by an ad hoc committee rather than the Conference Committee.


  • All funding to attend the conference is the responsibility of the selected applicant
  • All those whose works / papers / workshops etc. are accepted are expected to register and attend the entire conference.
  • Conference Registrations FEES and Expenses:
  • Attendees are asked to carefully consider the financial commitment associated with participation prior to proposal submission.
  • The base fee for the conference will cost approximately $1,000-$1,200 which includes many cultural experiences meant to deepen participants’ understanding of Colombia. Additional optional excursions will require additional funding which are still being negotiated.
  • Hotel, Airfare to Colombia and Food costs are not included
  • Airfare BETWEEN Bogotá and Medellín is included
  • All necessary transportation from the Hotel to the University and to cultural excursions is included
  • Proposals and presentations in English or Spanish are accepted at the conference.
  • Pianos may not be prepared or altered in any way; NO insertion of objects into or onto the strings.
  • Prior to submission, composers must confirm performer availability Proposals which do not list all performers will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.
  • Performers must provide their own instruments (except a piano, which will be provided).
  • Proposers must be willing to present on any day of the conference if their proposal is accepted.
  • Composers / Performers must be willing to have their works performed on any day of the conference if their proposal be accepted.
  • Performers may submit works of women composers from any time period or location.

Proposal Submission & Participation Policy

  • Each member may propose a maximum of TWO submissions to this conference with only ONE
  • proposal of each format type (e.g., ONE composition + ONE paper).
  • Each member may be joined by another person as a co-presenter (e.g., panelist or accompanist) to ONE proposal.
  • The maximum number of presentations in which a member may be involved on the conference program is TWO. If more than two proposals involving the same member are accepted, regardless of whether the member submitted the proposal, or was added another member’s proposal, the individual in question must choose in which two presentations they will participate.
  • Presentation Sessions are limited to 25 or 55 minutes including questions.

Preparation of Materials for Submission

Electronic submissions are through Submittable are required

  • The IAWM’s conference submission process is through Submittable. If you don’t already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to create one. (Click here for help using Submittable and a list of FAQs.)
  • To submit a proposal, first sign in to the IAWM website. Then click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of this call. IAWM’s conference submissions will be using CMS’s submittable account.
  • A complete proposal includes:
    • The proposal’s title and format.
    • Type of proposal: See above
    • Abstract of proposal: Not to exceed 250 words
    • Optional: You may add up to 3 supporting materials to your proposal. These might include printed music examples, photos, statistics, or relevant data. (NO dissertations, CVs, resumes, or PowerPoint presentations)
    • For Compositions:
      • The score’s title, movements, composer, year of composition, instrumentation, and duration, rounding up to the nearest half minute. If a proposal includes partial selection, clarify in the program notes which sections will be performed.
      • A PDF copy of the full score and individual parts (anonymous). The score may be notated at concert pitch or transposed but the composer is asked to make this clear in the score.
      • Multi-movement scores should be merged into a single PDF file, as should all parts.
      • A digital recording of the work. MIDI file/software-synthesis realizations are acceptable
      • Most audio file formats are supported within Submittable.
      • Program notes (not to exceed 250 words).
      • Name of performers or ensemble, where applicable
      • Biographies of the performer(s) or ensemble (maximum total text of 250 words).
    • Two audio samples to demonstrate the proficiency of the soloist/ensemble between 3 and 8 minutes. Preference will be given to submissions including the proposed work. When not possible, submit comparable examples. PDF reference scores to accompany the audio samples submitted under item #4.
    • A brief biography of the proposer (not to exceed 250 words)
    • A list of all required equipment and Internet needs. (Internet connections are not guaranteed).
    • Contact details for Submitting Proposer and all collaborators, including email address, mailing address, and phone number and biography for each person. If your presentation includes 3 or more persons, download this spreadsheet, save the file using your name as the file name (e.g., smith_john.xlsx), and complete the requested information for each involved person. You will be required to upload this completed file with your proposal.

Preparing an Abstract

The Conference Committee chooses presentations based primarily on the abstract as submitted, so it is important to write an abstract that the Committee will understand and can evaluate fairly. The purpose of the abstract is to convey to the reader what will be said in the presentation. State the main point of the presentation, outline the subsidiary points, and summarize the evidence offered, so that someone who has not heard the presentation can know in brief what it will say and can evaluate its contribution to our knowledge and understanding of music. The abstract, like the presentation itself, should be clear to an audience of musicians and music educators of all kinds, not just to those with a narrow specialty. While it may be necessary to provide the context or describe the problem to be addressed, please keep this to a minimum.

Please Note

  • To support the blind review process, the name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear in the title or abstract, nor in the file names or body of submitted audio
  • Samples or other support materials, as submissions are evaluated anonymously. Proposals identifying the proposer or co-presenters will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may, however, appear in the “Personnel” section of the proposal and in submitted biographies, as the review committee will not have access to this part of the application.
  • When referencing one’s own previously published research, the proposer should refer to such research in the third person to avoid identifying themselves.
  • Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.


IAWM Call for Lecture-Recitals & Performances

IAWM Call for Panels & Workshops

IAWM Call for Papers

IAWM Call for Scores

IAWM Call for Virtual Listening Performances

    Proposals must be submitted by the deadline: May 15, 2024, 11:59pm

    Proposers will be notified by June 1, 2024


    For additional questions, please send an email to: [email protected]


    Conference Committee:

    Joanna Hersey- IAWM
    Associate Dean, Composer, Performing Artist, Tuba, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, North Carolina, USA


    Anyone attending and/or presenting must pay the registration fee. Our hope is that presenters fully participate in all the activities at the IAWM conference (in addition to presenting their own music, paper, virtual performance, or workshops. We hope to have an engaging and community building experience together. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.