KVAST – Association of Swedish Women Composers
More women composers in the public arena
makes for democracy and excellent art.
During the 2008/09 season, nearly 99% of the works performed by Swedish orchestras were composed by men, while just over 1% were by women.
These dismal figures triggered the establishment of KVAST, an acronym meaning “Broom”, a not-for-profit organization of and for female composers, in autumn 2008.
The objectives of KVAST are:
- ensure that the repertoire expands to include works
- by more women composers,
- provide the decision-makers at music institutions with more knowledge and information concerning the works of female composers from all eras
- and all corners of the world,
- raise awareness of the gender perspective
- in the choice of repertoire.
These efforts will mean not only that more
women are included in the musical dialogue taking place at Swedish concert venues but also to a more general renewal.
The more artistic expressions, the greater the breadth of the music scene!
KVAST will establish a prize, the Gold Broom
(Guldkvasten), to be awarded to the orchestra or arranger of orchestral concerts, chamber music or electro-acoustic music that has made the greatest effort to include works by women composers.
The prize will include a dedicated fanfare!
We also hope to secure funding so that a commissioned piece can be made part of the prize.