International Alliance for Women in Music [IAWM]
- Sophie Fuller
International organization created in 1995 through the merging of the International Congress on Women in Music (ICWM), American Women Composers (AWC) and the International League of Women Composers (ILWC). The International Alliance for Women in Music aims to build on the work of the three original organizations in celebrating and encouraging the activities of women in music.
The League of Women Composers was founded by composer Nancy Van de Vate in 1975 and renamed the International League of Women Composers in 1979. In the words of its founder, the ILWC aimed ‘to create change and to provide a larger number of women musicians their first real opportunity to enter the professional mainstream’. At the time of the merger it was a networking organization operating in over 36 countries, with a well-established journal. The ILWC supervised various projects, including the publication of a directory of music by women, several radio series, an association with Arsis Press (which specializes in the publication of music by women) and a competition for student composers....