The submission deadline for abstracts is on 1 December 2019 (5 pm UK time).
ABC News published an article on an initiative to correct the gender imbalance among conductors in the US. Conducting is well known to have historically excluded women, but the call for collective improvement of the imbalance is growing stronger. Dallas Opera founded the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors in order to improve the ratio. The institute offers a two-week residency, masterclasses, training in conducting, networking, career strategy, and even in social media presence. It also maintains an alumni network and counsels the fellows after their residency has ended. More importantly, the institute works as a resource for those looking to hire women conductors. While the Hart Institute had a difficult time starting up, it now receives 100 applications annually and has proven successful. In the five years since the institute was founded, there has been a rise in the percentage of women conductors at the top opera companies in the US – from 4% to 14% – and several alumni achieved leading positions.
The gender imbalance in the music industry proves to be an ongoing issue. In Towards Gender Equality in the Music Industry, an industry-based approach is adopted in order to examine why this gender imbalance is so hard to shift, and strategies that are being adopted to make a change are explored. Focusing on music education, activist spaces, and case studies that explore practices in the music industry, this volume presents research that considers the gender politics of the music industry.