Call for Works: Donne in Musica - Fondazione Adkins Chiti

DATE LIMITE: 30.06.2018

Call for Works: Donne in Musica - Fondazione Adkins Chiti

Global women in music for human rights

Women’s music is an essential part of world heritage.
Empowering women composers recognizes their ability and potential to create new works involving the world, different cultures and musical fields. Music knows no boundaries.The fundamental role of women in the creation and transmission of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and the creation and practice of music belongs not only to a people or a culture, but to all of humanity.

Source: Donne in Musica (website)

The Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica, upon invitation from the High Commission for Human Rights of the United Nations to be a partner for the 70th Anniversary Celebrations of the Signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is circulating a worldwide call to
women composers, of all ages, to compose new music inspired by the ongoing battle for Human Rights and Peace. Ten works, chosen by an international Reading Commission designated by the Foundation, publicly announced at the end of July 2018, will be performed and recorded in a Gala Concert in the Teatro Argentina, Rome, on the 5th November.


1. This call is open to (a) girls from 8 to 18 (b) women from 19 years of age.

2. Composers may submit works in any musical idiom or genre. (Contemporary, classical, traditional, popular, jazz, etc).
3. Texts (where applicable) in any language must be accompanied by an English language translation.
4. Music must be written in traditional notation. If a composer is unable to write her own music in a score, she may use the services of someone else whose name must be given.
5. Works submitted may be new or previously performed and in PDF files.
6. Do not send recordings.
7. Each composer may send only ONE score.
8. Duration of work: maximum 6 minutes
9. Categories for submissions:

  • Solo instrument
  • Solo voice with one to four instruments
  • Choir s.a.t.b with or without pianoforte
  • Group/ensemble of 8 to 12 instruments

10. Please include, in WORD file (Times New Roman 12), a 10-line curriculum including nationality, date and place of birth, residence and a contact (email).
11. Girls of 18 years of age or younger must accompany the application with a signed letter from their family, school or teacher authorizing their participation, and confirming this is the composer’s own original work.
12. Deadline for submission: 30th June 2018
13. There is no submission fee
14. Please send scores to: marking submission – GWIM4Human Rights

Important Information

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights.

Drafted by representatives with legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, it set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948.

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.

We are all entitled to our human rights without discrimination.

These rights are interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

Please meditate on:

Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights

Article 3
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security.

Article 18
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion

Article 26
Everyone has the right to education

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.

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