Today, on International Women's Day, we caught up with Lisa Cheney and Peggy Polias to talk about their bonus playlist, celebrating the incredible female composition talent we have here in Australia.
Here's what they had to say:
"We're so excited to have brought together over 5 hours of music by women composers for International Women's Day 2016. All of the included amazing works in this special playlist derive from our monthly playlist releases, since Making Waves' commencement in January, 2015. As Co-Curators and women composers ourselves, we're very proud to use this opportunity to pay special homage to talented and tenacious women forging their own unique voices around us in the Australian contemporary music world. We're constantly asking ourselves what we can do in our playlists that supports the #PledgeForParity.
> I pledge to ...
> help women and girls achieve their ambitions
> challenge conscious and unconscious bias
> call for gender-balanced leadership
> value women and men's contributions equally
> create inclusive, flexible cultures
This playlist is in no way an exhaustive representation of the number of amazing women creating music in Australia. In fact, we feel we’ve barely even scratched the surface! The curation of our content relies heavily on composers submitting their recordings to us via our website. If you know of someone who should be included in this list, male or female, perhaps it's time to give them a gentle nudge of encouragement to get in touch with us at Making Waves! With this in mind we ask that you take the time to get to know the work of a composer below and share this playlist with your friends, students and colleagues.
According to author Rosalind Appleby (2012) in Women of Note: The Rise of Australian Women Composers, Australia has been leading the way in gender balance in composition. “The figures continue to grow: in 2011 the AMC recorded women making up 25 per cent of composers or in real terms 146 of 585 composers are women.” Here at Making Waves we're so excited about the thoughtful and high-quality work we're seeing from so many Australian colleagues, regardless of gender, and we've made it our mission from the beginning of the project to strive not for the "75-25" benchmark, but for gender parity in our curation. We're thrilled to note that this goal of ours aligns with the campaign theme of International Women's Day in 2016: #PledgeForParity."
What do you pledge, this International Women's Day? Share with us in the comments.