August 2017 Project Announcement
I am very eager to share with you plans for a project to highlight women's equity for equal work. We need your financial support to bring this project to fruition.
This project seeks to promote and celebrate the works of African American Women composers and bring attention to the opportunity and pay disparity that exists across a broad range of professions. Additionally, by presenting this program with cohort of all women performers, we will be giving opportunity to women in classical music to share what they have to offer with their community.
Most people are aware that, on average, women's take home salary is less than what a man makes. The disparity by ethnicity is not any more encouraging. To white women's 79% of a man's average salary, African American women make 63%. While Asian American women make more, on average, it is still less than a man, at 79% (see the National Organization of Women for complete demographic information). In classical music, the representation of African Americans, let alone women, is also disparaging. In 2015, 4% of those employed by American orchestras, men and women, were musicians of color.
By bringing attention to this disparity, this project will also provide artist opportunities to women by presenting a concert of works by Female African American composers, presented by a cohort of high quality women musicians.
Your donation will cover costs to produce this concert, including costs to pay the musicians a decent and fair wage for two rehearsals and one 45 minute concert of chamber works, production costs, publicity, and space rental. Grassroots work by community artists is not possible without your support. In order to ensure we meet our production timeline, we must raise the needed funds by December 15th. This project is also able to accept non-cash donations and welcomes support in the from of rehearsal space, volunteering, and matching gifts.
Thank you in advance for your support of this project! Please do sign up for my newsletter to know how the project is developing.
Donate now to promote the works of Black Women Composers!
This project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of this project must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.