Why aren’t Australia’s female composers being heard?

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Sally Macarthur, Cat Hope and Dawn Bennett

New music by female composers is being sidelined in professional Australian concert programs.

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Since 1987, 47 composers have been commissioned to write for the Australia Ensemble – the nation’s leading chamber music ensemble. Forty one of them were men.

About the author

Sally Macarthur, Senior Lecturer in Musicology, Western Sydney University
Cat Hope, Associate Dean (Research) Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
Dawn Bennett, Professor of Higher Education, Curtin University