Celebrating, Performing, and Supporting Music Composed by Women

Pictured above: Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)

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Celebrating, Performing, and Supporting Music Composed by Women


We're thrilled to announce the official start of our Women+ Composer Series Launch Festival fundraising campaign and we need your help! Beginning on International Women's Day 2019, we will present three days of nonstop musical and educational programming, March 8-10, 2019, with concerts, panel discussions, masterclasses, and much more.

Our Mission

To promote music composed by women through performance, education, and commissions.

  • Performance: a concert series devoted to presenting music composed by women, past and present, striving to challenge established inequalities in concert programming.

  • Education:  lectures, publications, and masterclasses to help expose students and audiences to the idea that women have composed, and do compose, music.

  • Commissions: supporting the composition and performance of new music, to foster awareness, create possibility, and inspire creativity.


The Boulanger Initiative’s mission is to work towards greater inclusivity, and to enrich our collective understanding of what music is, has been, and can be.


Jennifer Higdon

"The Boulanger Initiative is a welcome addition to the world of music, helping to celebrate women composers and making the stage more equitable in composing and performing."

— Jennifer Higdon (photo credit: J.D. Scott)