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Symposium on Women in Arts

These points people need to be aware of:
  • Women benefit from 1-5% of public funding of the Arts. WIMUST Report
  • Women pay 53% of the taxes on the planet but make 64-75 cents on the dollar men make
  • Women contribute 93% of their income to their families. Men contribute 43% to their families.
  • Of 134 NEA Jazz Master Awards since 1982 with a $25,000 honorarium, only 15 women received this award
  • Lilly Ledbetter’s Fair Pay Restoration Act, signed by Pres. Obama in 2009 does not include women musicians
This is the interview that I talk about why I founded Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.
Check out these women, also:
  1. Girls In The Band a film by Judy Chaikin interview on my show MUSICWOMAN Radio
  2. Ellen Seeling, Montclair Women’s Big Band (CA) See this video I made of interview on KCBS with Ellen Seeling:
  3. Dotti Anita Taylor former President of IWJ (NY)
  4. Nicki Mathis, founder of The Many Colors of Women (Conn.)
  5. Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, filmmaker
  6. Patricia Adkins-Chiti, President of Fondazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne in Musica and photos of women composers in Europe last July 2014 at the WIMUST Conference
  7. See the WIMUST Report
On May 2, in Atlanta, I will be honored as the Lady Jazz Master @
(PLEASE VOTE FOR ME as composer and for our 4th Compilation CD at this link:


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Blues Women: First Civil Rights Workers

Blues Women: First Civil Rights Workers
©2014 Joan Cartwright, M.A.

amazing_musicwomen_hardcoverThe African voice inspired instrumentalists. Vocalese was a dialogue between vocalists and instrumentalists. Each person had an individual sound and instrumentalists imitated the voice’s cries, growls, moans, slurs, whispers, shouts and wails. Blues was the element of American subculture created by enslaved Africans, singing European music. Considered crude by classical listeners, Blues liberated singers from precise pitch and calculated rhythms of European music. Black singers emerged from Spirituals and Blues to develop Jazz. Their free-spirited songs delivered messages of liberation, signaling to Africans in America that they could be free. Blues women were the first civil rights workers because their songs symbolized liberty in its rawest form by tapping into the human spirit. Angela Davis recounted Marx and Engles’ observation that art as “a form of social consciousness [awakens] . . . those affected by it to . . . transform their oppressive environments” (Davis, 1999). Blues were popularized by Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (Columbus, GA, September, 1882 – December 22, 1939), The Mother of the Blues (Cartwright, 2008, p. 9). A spokesperson for black people, she was a hero to them. She recorded hundreds of songs on Paramount, putting that recording company on the map. The most popular Blues singers established a rapport and rhetoric with the crowd. Ma Rainey took Bessie Smith under her wing and Blues tradition developed as one followed another.
Cartwright, J. (2008). Amazing Musicwomen. FYI Communications, Inc.Davis, A.Y. (1999). Blues legacies and black feminism. New York: Random House.

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Can women’s music heal?

Since 1997, I have been a proponent of women musicians, particularly, composers.  My radio show MUSICWOMAN has featured over 200 women composers.  My organization WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC.  is a global non-profit organization of women musicians and other women and men who support them. We have 247 members, 125 musicians, 49 male members. Our members are from around the USA, Italy, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Angola and India.

In August 2013, I published the first issue of MUSICWOMAN MAGAZINE to feature women musicians in a print format. We are seeking advertisement to fund the printed edition.

My paper Conscious Inclusion of Women Musicians was published and presented in Romania in December 2012.

In July 2013, I was one of 40 women composers at the 3rd WIMUST Conference in Fiuggi, Italy, where the agenda was dominated by discussion about the inequity of earning opportunities for women musicians.

In January 2014, we will release our 4th compilation CD of women’s music.


Overall, I believe that the messages in women’s music are not being heard by society-at-large, which accounts for the high amount of violence and competition in the world.

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MUSE Miracle

Today’s Miracle

Up at 5 a.m. and by 8 a.m., I knew a miracle would happen today. And it did! At noon, I connected with a Musicwoman on Facebook who expressed interest in the first International Musicwomen Festival & Conference.  At first, she inquired about performing but I asked her for email, so I could send the attendee and partnership packages, and then, I asked her to call me, which she did from near Malibu, California.  We chatted about our musical lives and I told her that, since October, when conference registration began, no one had registered because it appears that few women musicians can afford the registration fee.  She said, “Well, I’m going to register!” And I had to stop in my negative tracks and turn around to hear the positivity in her voice.rahda1

Still, unbelieving in my own dream, I listened, hoping that she would register, though I’d given her some reasons why I thought women were not registering, including that all women musicians wanted to know was how they could be hired to perform.  She said, “I’m not trying to get hired.”  And I had to STOP, again, and listen to what she was saying.


Then, after we’d discussed our musical lives some more, that we both had a song book, and we both offered workshops on music, I said to her, “Do me a favor.  Please register. You will be the primer for our registration process as the first registrant.”  She replied, “I’m doing it right now!”


Then, after we’d discussed our musical lives some more, that we both had a song book, and we both offered workshops on music, I said to her, “Do me a favor.  Please register. You will be the primer for our registration process as the first registrant.”  She replied, “I’m doing it right now!”


And so, our first IMWFC attendee registered, today, at a little after noon EST, and the conference is on a roll! Welcome, Radha Botofasina! Listen to Radha’s music!

Now, this message I got in an email prompted me to write this blog:

A Vision for the Positive Side 

We see a world where positive thinking and speaking are the norm; where we all understand that our thoughts have a direct effect on our experiences, and, as a result, when one of us is saying something that we wouldn’t really want to manifest, something that obviously doesn’t serve us or anybody else, that we are “gently nudged” by our friends and neighbors to take a closer look at what we are creating with our everyday thoughts and words. Then, since we know that this “gentle nudging” is meant in the spirit of helpfulness and good intent, we stop for a moment, just long enough to reevaluate our thinking, and turn our thoughts around to the positive.

We see everyone gently keeping everyone else awake and aware of what we are creating with the amazing tool that we call our imagination – and that we are putting our imagination to its highest and best use for the benefit of ourselves, the Earth, all her people, and all beings everywhere. [Source]

One Last Note

I asked Radha where she was from.  “New York,” she replied, quickly. “I’m from New York, too!”

I said. “Where?”
“Brooklyn,” she replied. “Where are you from?” She asked.
“Queens,” I told her.
“Where?” She inquired.
“South Ozone Park,” I said.
“What street?” She asked.
“Inwood Street,” I said.
“What number?” She asked.
“119-04 Inwood Street,” I replied.
“I lived at 126-___ Inwood Street, as a child,” she said.
Flabbergasted, I said, “Oh, my goodness, God/Goddess/All That Is arranged this all!
Then, she said, “I went to St. Clement’s for grammar school.”
And I said in my elevated voice, “I went there, too! How old are you?”

Turns out we were there at the same time! She’s a Gemini and I’m a Sagittarius and we have bonded, completely!

The Universe is blessing MUSICWOMEN abundantly!

Oh, and many thanks to Najla who introduced me to Radha on Facebook and Great job! Now, let’s get the other 249+ women signed up!!!

Love and Light,

Diva Joan Cartwright