Resources for Diversity in Repertoire
Center for Black Music Research
The only organization of its kind, it exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture by serving as a nexus for all who value black music, by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge about black music, and by providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across Africa and the diaspora.
Composer Diversity Database
Composer Rob Deemer launched this database, created with the help of students at SUNY Fredonia. It’s in spreadsheet format and can be accessed by anyone. The idea is for conductors, performers, and others to use it to research and create more diverse concert programs.
Composer’s Equity Project
Chamber Music America’s database includes women, gender non-conforming, and ALAANA composers (composers who identify as African/Black, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern, and Native American).
Latin Orchestral Music
This online catalog contains over 9,000 original orchestral works by over 1,600 composers from 24 countries and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean, and serves as a bridge between the music and the composers or publishers.
Music by Black Composers, a Project of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation
Its mission is to inspire Black students to begin and continue instrumental training, make the music of Black composers available to everyone, and help to change the face of classical music through greater diversity.
Repertoire Database by the Women’s Philharmonic
Online resources that include a 283-entry list of works by women composers; repertoire suggestions for mostly historic composers, with information about how to obtain music and links to audio files; and orchestral scores by women of African descent.