Happy Labor Day! Here is some news to enjoy over the holiday, and to start your week!
I just found out about the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award. The prize awards a grant of $10,000 and a year of professional mentorship to an emerging female composer or composer/lyricist. The 2016 application deadline has just been extended until September 9 – so help spread the word! More information here.
An editorial in The Guardian highlights the lack of women conductors leading ensembles at the BBC Proms – but this piece isn’t without criticism.
Bob Shingleton, at On An Overgrown Path, responds with a reminder as to the importance not only of including more women conductors, but also more conductors of color. Read his thoughts here – with a followup on some conductors to include here.
And Sarah Tenant-Flowers responded with a reminder that the lack of women conductors is a problem not only in the orchestral world, but in the choral world as well.
The role of women as conductors is a hot topic at the moment – with another article about women “Cracking a Glass Ceiling With the Maestro’s Baton” by Michael Cooper in The New York Times.
As always – let us know what we missed! What are you reading? Leave a link in a comment below.