The Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference

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Event Details

Date: 06 Jul 2018 - 08 Jul 2018 – All Day
Venue: Monash University Performing Arts Complex, building 68


6-8 July 2018

Friday 6, Saturday 7 – Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
Sunday 8 – Monash University Museum of Art
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Call for papers, compositions, performances, piece + paper and panels.

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

This three-day conference will focus on the music of composers and performers who identify as female or non-binary in gender across the composition and performance of all styles of composition, improvisation, songwriting, installation, film music, jazz, classical, pop, experimental, noise and world music's.

The work of this group of the music community has made a significant contribution to the development of music throughout history, and this conference aims to bring this work to light and look to shaping a positive future where contributions are acknowledged and represented in everyday music life.

Papers, piece and paper, and panel proposals created by authors of any gender that focus on women and non-binary artists are welcomed. Works composed or performed by female identifying and non-binary artists from any discipline are encouraged. Early Career researchers and postgraduate students are particularly welcome to apply.

The conference will incorporate the final concert of the Summers Night Project, a composition mentorship program resulting in three new works by composers from Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. The opening of the ‘Women's Contributions to Music in the Australian and Korean Contexts' exhibition from the Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) will also make part of the conference.


Kate Moore: composer

Kate Moore is an Australian-Dutch composer currently resident in the Gallop Composers House in Perth, Western Australia after being based in The Netherlands for some years. Moore has studied with Australian composers Larry Sitsky, Jim Cotter, and Michael Smetanin; Dutch composers Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding, Diderik Wagenaar and Gilius van Bergeijk; and American composers David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon. In June 2017, Moore became the first woman to win the Matthijs Vermeulen Award from the Dutch government for her composition The Dam, commissioned for The Canberra International Festival. She has recently been active campaigning for opportunities for women composers in a range of forums, from funding to concert programs.

Caroline Kennedy: trans-disciplinary artist and songwriter

Caroline Kennedy is an artist and academic working primarily in music and visual art. She has maintained a practice of songwriting and performance over many years, has been nominated for multiple ARIA awards and has released over ten albums including the recent US release of No Language, an album of improvised songs with her band Caroline No. Her work explores issues of romanticism and individuality through the critical prisms of feminism and post-capitalism. She is currently Head of Program for The Bachelor Of Songwriting And Music Production at Melbourne Polytechnic, a degree she wrote that educates artists who create original music.

Call for Participation

Papers: abstracts of up to 500 words for 20 minute presentation. This is a peer reviewed conference and a selection of papers will be developed into an edited book proposal.

Compositions to be performed: Proposals for works no longer than 10 minutes in duration to be performed by musicians provided at the conference are accepted. The instruments supported are: cello, piano, saxophone, violin, viola, clarinet/s, French horn, electronics and percussion. Rehearsal time is limited to one 60 minute rehearsal. Applicants are welcome to provide their own performers. Please provide a score and/or recording, parts and a 300 word program note.

Performances: Proposals from bands, solo artists and other configurations to perform at the conference are welcomed. Performances should be no longer than 15 minutes, and proposals should include a recording and 300 word program note.

Piece+Paper: Proposals for 15 minute presentation + 10 minute maximum performance time. The performance may be by the presenter or using the musicians outlined above. The paper and performance must be directly related. Abstracts of up to 500 words as well as a score, and/or recordings of work(s) to be presented are required.

Panels: Three-Member Panels only: abstracts of up to 1000 words outlining the contribution of each member plus a framing context for the panel.

Proposals – Call for proposals now closed. Notifications will be sent 1 May.


Two $500 bursaries are available for early career researchers and/or parents traveling with young children. Please make a case on your application if you would like to be considered for this opportunity. The funding may be used for travel and/or childcare costs.

Registration opening soon

Full (3 days): $150 Concession (3 days) $50 Full (day): $80 Concession (Day) $20

All enquires and submissions please send to

Support and Accessibility

The GDIMM Conference is committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion.

Access to child care

If you plan to travel to Melbourne with your child and require access to child care during conference hours, you can visit to find more about the different care options available for you with a service provider. Information about Monash University childcare is available here. The Monash Community Family Cooperative is a centre close to Monash Clayton that offers casual child care for children from 2 years to school age. Please contact the service provider directly to discuss placement options, we are unable to secure or negotiate places on your behalf.

Parenting room

We welcome babies at the conference and breastfeeding is welcome anywhere in the conference. A space will be available for those who choose to use it for all your baby care needs including feeding and changing. Parenting rooms are available at the nearby Learning and Teaching Building. If you would like to discuss your child care needs with us, please contact us directly.

Quiet zone

A quiet room will be available for the use of delegates seeking a quiet moment away from the crowds.

Venue accessibility

The event areas are accessible through multiple points of entry with ramps and lift access. More information about the location of the access points will be available on request at the information desk the day of the event.


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