women / music - austria


Waltraud Dennhardt-Herzog on the handbook "women/music - austria" published in 2009 by Brandstätter-Verlag

As head of the Music Department of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs it was my responsibility to spread the word of the Austrian contemporary music scene around the world and to provide the 30 Austrian cultural forums and embassies in foreign countries with background information. Based on this information, cultural forums were able to suggest and place Austrian musicians and composers at respective festivals or introduce them at their own premises.

During preparations for a major contemporary music festival in the Nordic countries, it quickly became clear that though there was a good overview of contemporary composers, the documentation of contemporary Austrian composers lacked completely.

I then decided to gather a small group of musicologists and journalists to get an overview of the currently active composers in Austria. It soon turned out that an even larger group of experts had to be consulted for such a systematic documentation.
With the help and committed effort of a team of experts and in close cooperation with mica – music austria and the BMUKK, the foundation for the women's music handbook was developed in an 8-month process. Our former Head of Department, Ambassador Dr. Claudia Rochel-Laurich, supported the project from the very beginning and made sure that the appropriate funding was given for the publication.

Despite the economic crisis and cost-cutting measures, the first Austrian women's music handbook was published by the Brandstätter Verlag and presented at the Radiokulturhaus in 2009.

I would like to thank all the participants that have contributed their expertise to this publication.

I would also like to thank the president of mica – music austria, Wolfgang Seierl who supported the project as a cooperation partner, and also mica – music austria’s executive director, Sabine Reiter, who continuously updates the entries in the mica music database and in this way contributes to the well deserved publicity of female music artists.

Dr. Waltraud Dennhardt-Herzog

New York, September 28, 2012

Susanne Amann (musician, music consultant mica - music austria), Susanne Benes (press consultant, University of Music and Performing Arts), Renate Böck (manager of the Viennese Jeunesse Orchestra, president of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestra, board member of the Austrian Music Council), Waltraud Dennhardt-Herzog (head of the Music Department of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs until 2008), Marion Diederichs-Lafite (music publicist, editor of the Österreichische Musikzeitschrift, board member of the Arnold Schoenberg Private Foundation, Arnold Schönberg Center and the Austrian Society for Music), Ann-Kathrin Erdélyi (lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna/Graz, chairwoman of the work group Equal Treatment at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna), Marianne Feldmann (head of the Music Department of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs), Gabriele Goffriller (art historian), Annegret Huber (professor of musicology), Nadja Kayali (director and dramaturge, presenter), Susanne Kirchmayr (musician and DJ, founder of female:pressure), Brigitte de Mas (Music Department of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs), Maighread McCrann (concert master of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna), Elena Ostleitner (lecturer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the University of Vienna, editor of the series "Frauentöne"), Eva Pernes (manager and musical theater producer, founder of the artist agency kunst +), Gabriele Proy (composer, lecturer at the Danube University Krems, University of Vienna, ARD.ZDF Media Academy Nuremberg, president of the European Forum Klanglandschaft), Claudia Rochel-Laurich (head of the Department of Cultural and Scientific Projects Abroad, deputy head of the Cultural Policy Section) Silvia Santangelo Jura (spokesperson of the IG World Music Austria, cultural and social anthropologist and communication expert), Miriam Schreinzer (concert manager), Wolfgang Seierl (musician, composer, visual artist, director of the Composers Forum Mittersill, head of ein_klang_records, president of mica - music austria), Irene Suchy (university lecturer, musicologist, music editor at OE1), Alice Weihs (head of the Music Department of the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture)

women/music – austria, database: empowerment for the Austrian female music scene

The women/music database includes all the contents of the respective book "women/music austria" and has the advantage of being continuously extended and updated.

The database prominently presents music made by women in Austria: from female composers, interpreters, media and sound artists, female DJs and VJs, over music managers and event organizers, journalists and musicologists, up to performance platforms, festivals and networks focusing on music by women and gender issues.

The easier access to knowledge about the contemporary female Austrian music scene is a contribution to support this development and its appreciation.

The women/music database is available both in German and in English and is kindly supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

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