WIMUST Works Toward a New Strategy for Equal Opportunities for Women in Music

FIUGGI, Italy, Oct. 26, 2011 — The International AdkinsChiti: Women in Music Foundation, an Italian cultural organization, partner within cultural agreements undersigned by the Italian Foreign Ministry, member of UNESCO’s International Music Council and the European Music Council, internationally recognised for its activities to obtain recognition and visibility for women in the cultural sector, is currently running the European Program WIMUST – Women in Music Uniting Strategies for Talent, involving organizations for women in music, women composers and creators of music in24 countries to ensure that the March 2009 European Parliamentary Resolution, insisting on Equal Opportunities for women working in the arts and culture sectors, is finally put into force by all European Governments.
Each year the Foundation will host a general meeting of representatives from every Women in Music/for Music Organization in Europe for the investigation of mechanisms producing inequalities and statistics facilitating common policies. One of the main objectives of this program is the updating of data banks for contemporary European women composers and creators of music in all fields in preparation for the publication of a European Yearbook for Women Composers and Creators of Music, which will be constantly updated.

The Foundation has planned diversified actions and events for the Trans-national mobility for women composers and music practitioners (including researchers and musicologists) to amplify professional skills, foster life-long creativity and encourage the passing on of knowledge, methodologies and strategies to other women in their countries. Therefore, the Foundation will also host composers, musicologists and musicians from the EU State Members and from Italy to work with in Fiuggi during three months.

Women in Music organizations participating from the following countries:
Austria – Cyprus – Czech Republic – England – Finland – France – Germany – Italy – Luxembourg – Montenegro – Netherlands – Romania – Serbia – Spain – Sweden – Turkey.
Organizations participating as auditors: Belgium – Denmark – Liechtenstein – Poland – Slovenia

Patricia Adkins Chiti (scientific director of WIMUSTprogram): “With knowledge of our Equal Rights as women, and above all remember that these must apply to women artists and women with the cultural industries, we can design a better Europe and World.”

This work program has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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Lorena Jimenez Alonso
Press OfficerEuropean Program WIMUST
Tel: 0049163203705