Following ECSA’s call for nominations to the ECSA Working Group on Gender, it is now with pleasure we announce that the ECSA Board appointed three members to the WG in order to address the issue of gender balance and equality of chances within the wider music community and also in its membership network, Boards and CMO’s.
ECSA is aware of the fact that the representation and promotion of female composers is still very poor within the European community of composers and songwriters. In order to address these challenges and to critically examine what must be done in order to foster the development of female music creators, the ECSA General Assembly decided to establish a Gender Working Group. The WG shall examine the situation and provide critical recommendation as to what ECSA needs to do within its network to foster the development of female composers.
The following persons have been appointed and will work on the above mentioned issues in the upcoming months:
- Elizabeth Anderson (Forum des Compositeurs – Belgium)
Elizabeth is a Brussels-based American composer specialized in electro-acoustic composition. Her artistic production comprises acousmatic, mixed and radiophonic works as well as works for multimedia and sound installations. Elizabeth is the initiator of a new festival devoted to acousmatic music in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands). In her work, Elizabeth is engaged in helping to create and support more opportunities for women in the music community.
- Sine Tofte Hannibal (Dansk Komponist Forening – Denmark)
Sine is the General Manager of the Danish Composers’ Society. She has a long-time background as project manager; for projects engaging children and young people in music in different ways, for festivals and ensembles for contemporary music as well as a Nordic network for audience development. Gender and gender equality is a theme that Sine continuously focuses on in her work in the Danish Composers’ Society.
- Natalia Vergara (Autores de Música Asociados – Spain)
Natalia is Owner, Producer and Director of “Señoritas On Fire” (www.senoritasonfire.com), the only collective of female composers in the world, whose aim is to promote talented female songwriters . She is and Member of the Board of Directors of AMA (Autores de Música Asociados) as well as co-author of the book: “Procedural Aspects of Domestic Gender Violence”. As a singer and songwriter herself she tries to promote equality and independence in her songs.
ECSA congratulates the three members to their appointment to the Gender Working Group and is looking forward to working closely together.