Women’s music is an essential part of world heritage. The fundamental role of women in the creation and transmission of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and the creation and practice of music belongs not only to a people or a culture, but to all of humanity.

The UN Human Rights Office celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10th December 1948) and has launched a worldwide campaign to promote, engage and reflect on human rights.

Gender inequality in the field of music is a worldwide challenge. Sustaining the women creating music will influence public opinion and stimulate their full participation in cultural life.

Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica has organized a “Global Call for New Music” for women composers and creators of music of all ages, nationalities and musical backgrounds. Participants will compose/create a song, choral or instrumental work inspired by the struggle for Human Rights. Ten works, chosen by an international Reading Commission and publicly announced at the end of July, will be performed and recorded in a Gala Concert in the Teatro Argentina, Rome, Italy on the 5th November this year.

“Art and human rights are universal languages and the UN Human Rights Office is pleased to count on the support of the Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica in the 70th anniversary campaign for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is an occasion in which to reaffirm that the rights of women and girls are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights. We look forward to the engagement of all musicians, teachers and researchers in promoting women’s artistic empowerment.” says Laurent Sauveur, Chief of External Relations of the UN Human Rights Office.

Donne in Musica (Women in Music), born in 1978 as a grass roots movement, became an international non-profit Foundation in 1996. It promotes and mainstreams music by women composers, songwriters and music creators of all ages and nationalities working in all genres while coordinating a network of over 27,000 composers, affiliate organizations, performers, pedagogues, and musicologists in 113 countries.

Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in MusicaThe Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica encourages excellence in contemporary music and intercultural dialogue worldwide. Its pioneering role in the affirmation of the concept of the uniqueness of women as creators of music has been recognized by the Italian government, UNESCO, EUC, EUP, Arab Academy and UNESCO’s International Music Council. Its daily work includes:

  • Promoting knowledge and respect for women’s cultural diversity, creativity and rights
  • Advocacy and recommendations to protect and assist composers.
  • Capacity Building
  • Research and Publication of books and scholarly papers
  • Music for the Mind – supplying music for Conservatories in need



Global Call for New Music for Human Rights

  1. This call is open to
    • girls from 8 to 18
    • women from 19 years of age.
  2. Composers may submit works in any musical idiom or genre (contemporary, classical, traditional, popular, jazz, etc).
  3. Texts (where applicable) must be accompanied by an English language translation.
  4. Music must be written in traditional notation.
  5. Works submitted may be new or previously performed and in PDF files.
  6. Do not send recordings.
  7. Each composer may send only ONE score.
  8. Duration of work: maximum 6 minutes
  9. Categories for submissions:
    • Solo instrument
    • Solo voice with one to four instruments
    • Choir s.a.t.b with or without pianoforte
    • Group/ensemble of 8 to 12 instruments
  10. Please include, in Word file (Times New Roman 12), a 10-line curriculum with nationality, date and place of birth, residence and contact (email).
  11. Girls of 18 years of age or younger must accompany application with a signed letter from their family, school or teacher authorizing the participation, and confirming this is the composer’s own original work.
  12. Deadline for submission: 30th June 2018
  13. There is no submission fee
  14. Please send scores to: Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. marking submission – GWIM4Human Rights

THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, it set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948.Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

Please meditate on:

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights
  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
  • Everyone has the right to education
  • Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any literary or artistic production of which he or she is the author.


Berliner Philharmonie, International Music Competition

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22 Marzo 2019
Gigliola Zecchi Balsamo, Costa: è stata una grande amica, una cittadina del mondo.

Si è spenta giovedì Gigliola Zecchi Balsamo, già vice Presidente della Fondazione Donne in Musica e una dei fondatori della World Youth Orchestra.
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Notizie sul 38°Concorso Internazionale di Violino"PREMIO RODOLFO LIPIZER", 6-15 IX 2019

SCHEDA D'ISCRIZIONE - da rispedire alla Segreteria del Concorso Internazionale di Violino "Premio Rodolfo Lipizer", 34170 GORIZIA GO, ITALIA, Via don Giovanni Bosco 91, ENTRO IL 30 APRILE 2019.

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Information about 38th International Violin Competition "RODOLFO LIPIZER PRIZE", 6-15 IX 2019
APPLICATION FORM - This application form should be sent to the Secretariat of the International Violin Competition "Rodolfo Lipizer Prize", 34170 GORIZIA GO, ITALIA, Via don Giovanni Bosco 91, WITHIN APRIL 30th, 2019.

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38ème Concours International de Violon "PRIX RODOLFO LIPIZER" 6-15 IX 2019
FICHE D'INSCRIPTION - Fiche à retourner au Secrétariat du Concours International du Violon "Premio Rodolfo Lipizer", 3417O GORIZIA GO, ITALIA, Via don Giovanni Bosco 91, AVANT LE 30 AVRIL 2019.

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Nachrichten über den 38. Internationalen Violine Wettbewerb "RODOLFO LIPIZER PREIS" 6-15 IX 2019
ANMELDEFORMULAR – An das Sekretariat des Internationalen Violinwettbewerbs "Rodolfo-Lipizer-Preis", 34170 GORIZIA GO, ITALIA, Via Don Giovanni Bosco 91, BIS ZUM 30. APRIL 2019 zurückschicken.

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Admisión al 38º Concurso Internacional de Violín "PREMIO RODOLFO LIPIZER" 6-15 IX 2019

FICHADE INSCRIPCION - De enviar de nuevo a la secretaría del concurso internacional de violín "Premio Rodolfo Lipizer", 34170 GORIZIA GO, ITALIA, Via Don Giovanni Bosco 91, DENTRO DEL 30 ABRIL 2019.

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On 22 January 2019, the Committee for Culture and Education (CULT) in the European Parliament will discuss the proposal for the new Creative Europe programme (2021-2027). The basis for the discussion will be the draft report and amendments of rapporteur Silvia Costa which was published in October and the draft amendments. The vote on the draft report and the additional amendments (part I and part II) is scheduled for 20 February 2019. You can follow the debate in the CULT committee via livestream on the website of the European Parliament.

The Council of the European Union, made up of the Ministers for Culture and Education from the Member States, agreed its position (partial general approach) on the Creative Europe proposal in December 2018. It is the mandate for the negotiation with the European Parliament which will begin this year. The agreement does not include the budget for the future Creative Europe programme, since the final amounts will depend on the agreement reached on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).




The Council conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022 were published on 30 November, and include five 5 priorities:

A. Sustainability in cultural heritage

B. Cohesion and well-being

C. An ecosystem supporting artists, cultural and creative professionals and European content

D. Gender equality

E. International cultural relations

In addition, digitalisation and cultural statistics are included as “important horizontal issues”. Each priority lists several topics to be addressed over the next few years. Priority C also includes the topic “Diversity and competitiveness of the music sector”. Based on Music Moves Europe, experts will exchange information on public policies to promote the mobility of artists and the circulation of local repertoire within and beyond Europe. Other topics in the Work Plan include Artistic freedom and Status and working conditions of artists and cultural and creative professionals.



At the closing conference of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH) in Vienna in December, the European Commission presented the first-ever European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage. It aims to build on the achievements of the EYCH and establishes a set of 4 principles and 5 main areas of continued action. It was developed through regular exchanges with EU Member States, the European Parliament, civil society organisations, cultural operators and international organisations such as the Council of Europe and UNESCO. The European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage establishes a Cultural Heritage Forum that will meet at least once a year.

Learn more about the outcomes of the European Year of Cultural Heritage here. 






Concerto di Gala Global Women in Musics for Human Rights 

in onore di Patricia Adkins Chiti



Il 5 novembre 2018, al Teatro Argentina, ore 21, si terrà il concerto di gala della Fondazione Adkins Chiti Donne in Musica nell'ambito delle celebrazioni del 70° Anniversario della Dichiarazione Universale dei Diritti Umani in cui si esibiranno le 10 finaliste scelte della chiamata a nuova musica dedicata a sole donne di tutti i paesi del mondo.

Saranno presenti autorità come Antonio Tajani, Presidente del Parlamento Europeo, Kate Gilmore, Deputato del’’Alta Commissione delle Nazioni Unite, M