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Messages in Women’s Music

blanch-dcOn June 14, 2016, the United State of Women was convened by the White House and the First Lady. This Summit rallied all of us together to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and how we’re going to take action moving forward. Covering key gender equality issues, we made a powerful difference in our collective future. A live stream of our inspiring speakers, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and more, was live from Washington D.C. #STATEOFWOMEN
LIVE STREAM http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/livestream/

I move that women in music be discussed for two reasons:

1) women musicians earn 12% of the $27.5 Billion earned in the Music Business;

2) women musicians earn 64 cents to the dollar that male musicians earn, while women in other fields earn 78 cents.

There is power in the messages in women’s music and it is not tapped into, appropriately. Music changes the world on so many levels. When women’s music is not played on the airwaves, programmed at main events like operas, symphonies, and large festivals, the entirety of mankind suffers. Rather than music that accompanies films that portray murder and mayhem, women’s music can change the fabric of the culture of humankind.

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Ratify Equal Rights Amendment

Are women in the South just stupid?

WHY has the Equal Rights Amendment not been ratified in these 12 Southern states and 3 Western states?

Somebody please explain this to me. Can women in the South read?

Are they conscious or are they just stupid?

Wake up Southern and Western women. YOU are holding us all back.

http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/ – If insulting you is the only way to wake you up, so be it!

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102 Signers of Petition calling for Symposium on Women in Arts

Call for Symposium on Women in Arts
Please sign the petition and share with your contacts

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Femme The Movie

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Femme “A celebration of women around the world actively transforming and healing our global society. Sharon Stone and leading experts in religion, science, history, politics and entertainment, discuss solutions to the multiple crisis’ we are faced with. Femme focuses on utilizing a feminine approach with nurturing energy to inspire a new hope for the future.”

We need 100 signatures on this petition ASAP

www.change.org/petitions/women-in-jazz-south-florida-inc-hold-a-symposium-on-women-in-arts

Join our FB page: www.facebook.com/symposiumonwomeninarts

 


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Symposium on Women in Arts

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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 @ www.bwijawards.com
(PLEASE VOTE FOR ME as composer and for our 4th Compilation CD at this link: http://www.bwijawards.com/final-voting.php)
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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.
References
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.

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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.