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Donne in Musica - Crowdfunding

Donne in Musica's crowdfunding call

The following section is a reprint of 'Donne in Musica's official statement in English:


Women Musicians in Lazio

The Lazio Region is home to a large number of internationally well known women composers andcreators of all kinds of music: classical, contemporary, electronic, jazz, popular, multimedia, fusion, rock, impro, heavy metal. They write for the theatre, cinema, dance, television, advertisingand fashion while directing festivals, record companies "sound installations" and synaesthetic art. They win prizes and international commissions but are absent from encyclopaedias and their workis given little space in trend setting festivals, on television and in the programmes of large institutions supported by public money. This book highlights their presence and fills an important gap - that of women's contribution to the musical history of the region.

Who are Lazio's women composers?

Lazio boasts a long history of music with a strong female presence dating back to the Roman Empire, where we find ambubajae (drummers) in "music clubs." Wealthy Roman girls becameVestal Virgins and creators of music: poorer women, with beautiful voices, worked as "praeficae"(mourners). Even now some villages in the region continue female vocal traditions from the first centuries Anno domini. In the Middle Ages companies of musicians and actors had women "directors" who also organised concerts in noble palaces: amongst the authors of the music Isabella, Duchess of Bracciano, Isabella Orsini of Segni and Vittoria Colonna. In the seventeenth century, Maria Christina of Sweden created the first "Academy" open to men and women, and in the eighteenth century Rosa Maria Coccia, a Roman girl, obtained a diploma as a Choir Master, while the Church tried, vainly, to silence the voices and music of the nuns. The Roman Philharmonic Academy was born in the eighteenth century and "prima donnas" became members ofthe Academy of Santa Cecilia: Marianna Sessi, Angelica Catalani, Caroline Ungher Sabatier, Giuditta Pasta ... The book describes the education and musical training for women who would later divide their time between teaching, composing and conducting. Female patronage is also remembered: Nadja Šachovskaja Helbig, Emma Carelli, manager of the Costanzi Theatre andAdriana Panni of the Rome Philharmonic. Some combined their dreams of being "composers"with other work or entered the RAI to run music programmes. In the fifties the first "jazz-women" appeared on the scene and in 1978 the "Women in Music" movement was born, today present in 111 countries.

What we intend to do

Publish, promote and distribute an important volume about the history of women composers in the Lazio Region. We have a publisher, Sillabe srl. and have already chosen the format for the book: a comprehensive overview of the history of women in the region with twelve indepth articles on different topics - from the education of the Vestals, the presence of prima donna composers, the first academies and women conductors, the arrival of jazzwomen, electronic music - and a Biographical Dictionary with entries for over two hundred composers of every kind of music born and/or resident in Lazio.

The distribution of the book

We decided to publish this book (320 pages with illustrations in black and white and a colour section, finely bound and of large size, 17x24 cm) with Sillabe and to self-finance all of this with CROWDFUNDING. SILLABE - www.sillabe.it is a publishing house specialised, since 1996, in the promotion of art, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, fashion, photography and graphics, through guides, exhibition catalogues, monographs, essays and educational books for adults and young readers. Among the commissioners of their work: the Florentine State Museums; Vatican Museums; Municipal Museum and Cathedral in Siena; Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the Department of Musicology of Cremona and the International Composition Competition for Sacred Music Pope Benedict XVI. "WOMEN IN MUSIC" has been working since 2009 to prepare this book - we prefer to do what we can now rather than wait for a tomorrow that might not arrive. Your help allows us to support some of the costs for the publication of the book.

Why Crowdfunding?

Now it's your turn! This is an essential project for Italian music and musicians.

-With financial help (even small donations) you will have your name printed in the book in the section dedicated to "subscribers" as was common in the nineteenth century.

-With a donation of Euro 30,00 your name will be printed in the book as a "Supporter" and acopy of the book will be sent to your home.

-With a contribution of Euro 120,00 or more you are considered a "Major Supporter" and will receive four copies of the book sent to your home.

You will also be able say, "This book is partially mine!" This is all possible thanks to CROWDFUNDING. Please help us, even with a small donation, so that this book will becomepart of the history of our region and will help the 53% of Italian citizens who are women. The musicians will be all very grateful! All subscribers and supporters will be invited to the official presentation. You can make a donation through PayPal to our account:forum@donneinmusica.org or with a banktransfer to our PayPal Account: IBANDE08120700883003159115

Who we are

"WOMEN IN MUSIC" has been working since 1978 to promote the history and music created and composed by women worldwide. The Foundation has a network for "Women in Music" in 111 countries. To date it has researched,written and published 51 volumes and 1600 studies in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish,Portuguese, Croatian, Serbian Croatian, Russian, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew and Korean. Italso created the online '' Encyclopaedia of Living European Women Composers, Songwriters and Creators of Music ". It maintains a Library and Archive with over 42,000 scores, under the tutelage of the Archival Superintendant of Lazio and data bases for over 21,000 women composers past and present. Books are essential and important; They are the lifeblood of culture, the intellectual and moral heritage of a nation. But if women are not included .....

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