If music is not performed it is not perceived to exist.
A musical work, irrespective of its length, maturity and completeness, is the result of years of study, intellectual reflection, musical apprenticeship and inspiration; the result of a process necessitating time, labour and judgment.
Gender inequality in the field of music is a worldwide challenge. Sustaining women creating music will influence public opinion and stimulate their full participation in cultural life.
Nearly 40% of all living composers and creators of music, in every field, are female, so why do so few women have their music performed by major institutions? See what orchestras, theatres, radio and festivals are programming or listen to music online and ask yourself “where are the women?” Let us never forget, either, that women artists in many communities are prohibited from participating in music activities or performing with men…
The UN Human Rights Office is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10th December 1948) and has launched a worldwide campaign to promote Human Rights. The Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica has been invited to create a special event for women composers and creators of music of all ages, nationalities and musical backgrounds and has brought “on board” the PWA as a creative partner in this project. The “Global Call for New Music” invites girls and women to compose/create a song, choral or instrumental work inspired by the struggle for Human Rights. Ten works, chosen by an international Reading Commission and announced at the end of July, will be performed and recorded in a Gala Concert in the Teatro Argentina, Rome, Italy on the 5th November this year.
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. These rights are interrelated, interdependent and indivisible and include Article 27: “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any literary or artistic production of which he or she is the author”, and this includes women making music!”
At the 1st June the call (through state institutions, international networks, diplomats, social media, practitioners and stakeholders) had been circulated in 196 countries. As of today music has arrived from approximately 20% of all countries in the world.
This feverous, urgent, time consuming work – secretariat, communication, public relations, outreach to specific geographical areas, website, graphic design, contacts with media and encouragement – is possible thanks to the creative and powerful partnership between our Foundation and the PWA. Thank you “unseen heroines” from PWA. As Oprah would say, “Babes – without your help we wouldn’t be going very far…”
I am truly grateful for the support and hard work in different sectors of the “Global Call” from (in alphabetical order) Valerie Baxter, Maria Rita Genco, Sorayya Khan, Maria Longo, Ivana Madonna, Veronica Penzo, Hanna Suni.
When women work together we can, in Gandhi’s words “bring about the change we wish to see in the world”.
Patricia Atkins Chiti, President and Founder Fondazione Atkins Chiti: Donne in Musica