Equality & Diversity in Concert Halls | 2020-2021
100 orchestras worldwide
This latest research by Donne – Women in Music has been prepared to get a better understanding of how classical music is responding to the current and very important issue of equality and diversity in concert’s repertoire worldwide. It builds on previous research carried out in and The new results presented here were determined by in-depth analysis of composers’ works scheduled for the 2020-2021 season in 100 orchestras from 27 countries.
The results show that only 11.45% of the scheduled concerts worldwide included compositions by women. 88.55% included solely compositions written by men.
There has been a small improvement on the overall inclusion of works by women in concerts compared with previous years. But, when we look closely at the numbers, it is a different matter.
Only 747 out of the 14,747 compositions scheduled by the 100 orchestras throughout the 2020-2021 season, were composed by women – a total of 5%.
One alarming fact is that only 1.11% of pieces were composed by Black & Asian women and only 2.43% by Black & Asian men.
Whilst the improvement on previous years are welcome, the rate of change is slow.