International Alliance for Women in Music


Concerts & Competitions

The International Alliance for Women in Music sponsors the annual Search for New Music (SNM) and the Pauline Alderman Awards. There is also an annual concert of new music.

IAWM Annual Concert

Every year, the International Alliance for Women in Music presents a concert of works selected from a competitive score call. Please find details of our current call here.


Search for New Music Competition

The IAWM holds an annual composition competition for IAWM Members who identify as women composers called the “Search for New Music by Women Composers”, aka SNM. This international competition includes several  prize categories ranging from chamber and orchestral works to electro-acoustic media, improvisation, and sound installation. Each prize has its own monetary award. Membership in IAWM is required to enter, but contestants may join at the time of entry. Entries are anonymous. The SNM committee administers the competition, receives entries, selects judges and publicizes the contest guidelines and the list of winners.

For more details on the current competition please click here.


Pauline Alderman Awards

The Pauline Alderman Awards were founded in 1985 by the International Congress on Women in Music to honor the memory of pioneering musicologist Pauline Alderman, Ph.D. (1893-1983), founder and chair of the Music History Department of the University of Southern California. Every two years the IAWM calls for scholars to submit their best work in the categories of Book, Article, and Reference work. Past winners include some of the most distinguished names in feminist music scholarship.

For more details on the current competition please click here.

Click here for a list of past Pauline Alderman Awards Winners.


IAWM Educator Grants


The International Alliance for Women in Music is offering a $300 classroom grant to music educators of students aged 4-18. This grant is to help teachers bring a greater focus on women in music to their students through professional development, materials, commissions, guests artists, or other media. Projects may vary, and we encourage applicants to be as creative as they wish in their proposals. The grant may be used to supplement other funds for a large project.


For more details on the current competition please click here