International Alliance for Women in Music
The Programming Award is open to any solo performers, ensembles, or arts organizations that are current members of IAWM
IAWM Programming Awards
The International Alliance for Women in Music supports an annual $300 award and recognition program to honor and endorse those performers who have made deliberate, conscious efforts to achieve greater gender equity in their programming by including women composers and/or performers. Soloists, chamber and large scale ensembles, and arts organizations may apply for these awards. Soloists, chamber and large scale ensembles, performance artists, and arts organizations may apply for these awards.
2023 IAWM Programming Awards Criteria and Process
Eligibility: Who may apply?
Open To: Any solo performers, performance groups, or arts organizations that are members of IAWM. Applicants who are not current members may join at iawm.org as individual, joint, or institutional members.
- Any solo performers, chamber or large ensemble groups, performance artists, or arts organizations that are members of IAWM.
- Applicants who are not current members may join at iawm.org as individual, joint, or institutional members.
- Applicants may not be a member of the IAWM Board or a family member of anyone on the board of the IAWM.
- Applicants give consent for their application content, name, photo, and organizational information to be published in communications by IAWM.
Applicants must submit their materials in New Music Engine: by October 29, 2023.
Applications will be reviewed by members of the Board of IAWM and evaluated on a 20-point scale using the following criteria:
Applicant submits 2-4 years of program information, including copies of programs and/or links to YouTube performances or streaming performances. (5 points)
Applicant submits a summary of program content. This should include a percentage of works composed by women, or conducted by women, and or performed by women each season, with the duration of rehearsal/length of performance devoted to those works, as well as the frequency with which those programs occur in each season. (5 points)
The applicant gives a 200-400 summary statement about their commitment to equity in programming, what methods or goals they use to achieve greater equity in programming, and what current and future goals they have set for their organization. (10 points)
In writing the application, it may be helpful to think about the following questions:
1. How many years have I programmed works written by women?
2. What is the percentage of time that I actually devote to women composers in my programs?
3. Do I seek out a diverse pool of women of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds practicing in different fields, genres, and subgenres?
4. When I program women, do I ensure that they are getting adequate and equitable media coverage in our printed and online materials and in press releases?
Awards and honorees will be announced in November 2023. Awards and honorees will be featured on the IAWM website, the IAWM Journal, and IAWM networks. The IAWM may choose to designate certain performers as honorees (with no financial award).
Congratulations to Whistling Hens and Julia Mortyakova, winners of IAWM’s 2023 Programming Awards.
Congratulations to LunART, Winner of IAWM’s 2022 Programming Award.