Donne in Musica Call for Scores

Since the inception of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., our affiliation with Fondazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne in Musica has been enriching. Our founder Dr. Joan Cartwright had the honor of attending the WIMUST Conference in Italy, in 2014, through funding from our members.  Today, we received this message and we are posting it here for all women composers:

Press Release                                                                                                                 

April 19, 2018

Global Women in Music for Human Rights

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 (10thDecember 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 the 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 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. The 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



  1. This call is open to  (a) girls from 8 to 18 and (b) 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 their 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:  June 30, 2018
  13. There is no submission fee.
  14. Please send scores to  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, color, 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.




WIJSF News April 2017

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WIJSF News August 2016

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WIJSF News March 2015

March is Women’s Herstory Month!

This year we celebrate 8 years of musical service! Watch video newsletter and scroll through announcements below. Thanks for your support of our mission to promote women musicians, globally! WIJSF Dues are due on March 1st.

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Fri March 20: Orlando, FL – UCF Jazz Festival

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WIJSF NEWS January 2015


Celebrating 8 years of Musical Service!

As of January 1, 2015, 284 members154 musicians, and 53 males!  Join us, today!

 Welcome new members: Cheryl D. Barnes, Andrea Garrison, Rondi Charleston, and Steve Moore
Help recruit new members, today! Send your friends to
Bring in two new members in 2015 and your membership is FREE!
Featured Artists: Sharon Rae North, Cheryl D. Barnes, Saskia Laroo, Renee Baker, and Brazilian Voices

Message from the Executive Director

jc-chicago8In our 8th year, we will shift from music production to a political agenda of lobbying and advocating for women in the arts.  For 7 years, our record of promoting, presenting, and producing women’s music is solid!  Now is the time to get serious, politically.  As you know, in March, I began a campaign to call for a Symposium on Women in the Arts at The White House, together with a petition that has gathered over 400 signatures.  Although we received no response from The White House, 42 people registered to attend the symposium and we are in the process of identifying a venue in Washington, D.C. for this momentous event in August 2015. Women in all artistic disciplines are invited to attend this one-day session to create fact-finding and planning committees to move our agenda forward. In my final year of pursuing my doctorate in Business Marketing, I will be surveying and interviewing several professional female musicians to analyze and report on the status of women musicians and their business marketing practices.  All members will be encouraged to complete one or more surveys to contribute to my study. ~ Diva JC
On January 2, 2015, we release our 5th compilation CD of 12 fabulous female composers. Place your orders and share this link with others as sales help to support the work we do.  All of our CDs are available and we ask that you purchase them at a special price to members of $10 by requesting a PayPal invoice from me at  Otherwise, the CDs are $15 plus shipping.
In 2015, it is imperative that members take a renewed interest in our mission to promote women musicians, globally. Without your support, our work becomes extremely difficult.  It is time to step up to the plate, pay your dues, invite others to join, and offer new ideas, suggestions, and insight into how we can move our organization forward. I welcome all of your comments either on this blog or in email. If you have not yet joined our Facebook page and followed us on Twitter, please do so, now!

YOUR STORIES: ALL members please submit photos, fliers, cd releases, and all announcements to Joan Cartwright at by the 28th of each month. I do not go to each of our 154 musical members’ websites to get news. It is up to each individual to submit news items to me. Thanks for your cooperation!




Congratulations to Jennifer Beckles who received certification in Crime Scene Technology from Palm Beach State College on December 19, 2014.

Now, along with being a fine interpreter of the American Song Book, Jennifer is a certified crime scene investigator.


Maestra Renee Baker will receive the inaugural Henry Lewis Conducting Award during a special dinner honoring composers Roy Harris, Renee Baker, and Henry Lewis

reneebakermaestra2Maestra Renee Baker will conduct the premiere performance of Roy Harris’ Bicentennial Symphony including orchestra, chorus, and solo male and female narrators on January 17, 2015, as centerpiece of the 150th Anniversary celebration of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending slavery, at Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles. The chorus driven score has text from the Preamble to the Constitution, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, and original text. The solo male narrator is Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert and Soprano Renee Baker is the female narrator. Maestra Baker’s credits include composer, painter, poet, and violinist/violist. The roles of conductor and female narrator by Maestra Baker for the Los Angeles premiere of the Bicentennial Symphony are unprecedented in music annals. This is a co-production of CSULA Department of Music, Theater, Dance and MusicUNTOLD supported by the Employee Community Fund of the Boeing Company and Colburn Foundation.


Brazilian Voices is a non-profit musical organization of up to 40 women that sing Brazilian and international music for concerts, educational and philanthropic events. Known as 10-time winner of the Brazilian International Press Award for Outstanding Brazilian Musical Group, it has released 7 CDs and performed widely for 13 years, including in Barcelona, Madrid, Mexico, New York and London, in addition to almost 400 performances in South Florida, reaching more than 10,000 people yearly. These talented female vocalists volunteer their voices and time to preserve the rich multicultural Brazilian heritage and do intercultural outreach in the community.  Brazilian Voices fosters cultural exchange and music appreciation through its 4 departments:

  • Concerts and Performances: Brazilian Voices was able to greatly expand its cultural exchange outreach in South Florida, and reach thousands with the beauty of our music and message.
  • Culture and Education: Brazilian Voices was able to show the beauty, culture and historical aspects of Brazil in successful educational shows at various venues in Broward and Miami Dade Counties which were attended by more than 2,000 children and adults. We received much praise and positive feedback from these shows.
  • Arts & Healing: Brazilian Voices was able to bring Bossa Nova-rich melodies and live music performances to more than seven institutions, including several new ones delighted to welcome us this year.
  • Customized Performances: Brazilian Voices was able to entertain and delight hundreds of guests in corporate events, weddings and engagement parties, and also raise funds from these events to support all departments.


jaRon & emmeNew Year’s Eve ‘Soiree’ Live in the Parlor

For the smart set: Bring in the new year in style, with authentic, sophisticated, intimate, swinging Jazz & Blues [WATCH VIDEO] Tick Tock-Tick Tock the New Year begins at 12 o’clock Emme Kemp on piano & vocalist JaRon Eames 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Attire: Elegant – Ticket: $50.00

Menu: New Orleans Fried Fish, Creole Shrimp/Rice, Home-made Chili, Potato Salad or Green Salad, Corn Bread, Wine, Champagne, Dessert RSVP ONLY in the Parlor – 222 E.85th St. #2E, NYC 212-472-9295 or Text: 646 337 0620  | – This is an ongoing event.
Follow Jeannette Pina's South Florida Jazz List every month at

Follow Jeannette Pina’s South Florida Jazz List every month at

Thanks, Jeannette, for the mention on your website of our CDs! sharon-jan15 bertha-mintons

Saturday, January 24 @ 8- 11 pm The Bean Runner Cafe 201 S Division Street Peekskill, NY 10566

Saturday, January 24 @ 8- 11 pm
The Bean Runner Cafe
201 S Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566


237 North Salem Street, Apex, North Carolina
Jim Ketch, trumpet, Jason Foureman, bass, Kobie Watkins, drums
Halle Box Office 919 249 1120
California/Hawaii Tour
MONDAY, JANUARY 12 @ 2:15-3:30 PM
Jazz Master Class with guitarist HOWARD ALDEN
Orange County School for the Arts
1010 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA
Rancho Mirage Library concert
HOWARD ALDEN, guitarist, JIM DE JULIO, bass, ROGER KING JR., drums
71100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA
The Merc for Jazz 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA
HOWARD ALDEN, guitar and JIM DE JULIO, bass
The Atherton Theater 738 Kaheka Street, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: 808-955-8821
DOUG MacDONALD, guitar
North Carolina/Florida Tour And for those who plan ahead in New York City
TUESDAY MARCH 3, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
The Baha’i Center 53 East 11 @Street, New York, NY 10003
Tickets: 212 222-5159 Admission: $15, Students $10
TRUMPETS JAZZ CLUB 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ
More information coming. For more great jazz listening on the net, tune into  
24/7 of great straight-ahead jazz. Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot archived shows at
Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
443 West 3rd Street (at East Avenue)
Red Wing, MN 55066

Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 7:30-10:30 p.m.
House of Music & Entertainment (H.O.M.E.)
430 N. Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
Reservations:  310-271-4663 $10.00 Admission

 Sunday, January 18, 2015 @ 5:45 p.m.

Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe

138 W Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832


paula_promo2PAULA ATHERTON

Sunday, January 25, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Lobster Pot Bistro
478 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 (727) 446-8809
Friday, January 16: Shana Tucker @ Turnage Theater, Washington, NCFRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Turnage Theatre
Beaufort County Arts Council
150 W. Main Street, Washington NC
TICKETS: $20 general admission; $17.50 limited balcony seating
beaufortcountyartscouncil.orgWinner of the 2014 Black Women in Jazz Award for Best Cellist, Shana Tucker returns to her beloved North Carolina for a weekend tour of eastern and western sides of the state, beginning in “Little” Washington, NC at the historic Turnage Theatre. Shana credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of 80’s & 90’s pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music, interwoven with steady nods to her classical and jazz roots. With: Nick Rosen (piano), Pete Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums)

Sun 7/20: KENYA & Shana Tucker play Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 8:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre
2 South Pack Square, Asheville NC
TICKETS: Regular $30; Student $25; Child $15

Through well-crafted lyrics, lingering melodies, and compositions that blend humor and gravity, Shana Tucker is a work of art, an original gumbo of grace and class. Tucker, a classically trained musician (who for some time was whisked away by Cirque de Soleil as cellist and mezzo-soprano for its groundbreaking work, KÀ) often stands and plucks her cello like a string bass. “I can’t deny the classical training,” she says. “But I like the thump of walking blues & old-timey bass lines.” In a sultry fusion of acoustic pop and soulful jazz-folk, Shana Tucker evokes the spirit of Americana greats such as Bill Withers and Esperanza Spalding. With: Nick Rosen (piano), Keith Ganz (guitar), Pete Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums)

Sun 7/20: KENYA & Shana Tucker play Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Spivey Hall – Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd, Morrow GA
TICKETS: $40; special student and educator discounts available

“You rarely see Joni Mitchell invoked as a reference point,” notes the Raleigh News & Observer, “because her music is so uniquely individual that few can follow her. But in Shana Tucker we have a worthy successor.” “Her sense of lyricism is real keen and the words of her songs are just as compelling as her distinctive, outstanding singing” (JazzTimes). “Her sweet, unerring voice alone would be enough to support a career,” affirms “Tucker and her cello blur the lines in our heads that divide classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul.”

Joining Tucker on stage at Spivey will be Dr. Kay Pace and the Martha Ellen Stillwell School of the Arts (MESSA) Honors Chorus. There will also be a brief program to honor recognized area educators. A light reception will take place in the lobby immediately following the performance. With: Eric Hirsh (piano), Pete Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tickets: $7 general admission

This workshop is designed for advanced HS students, college students, and adults who want to learn more about the songwriting process. The goal of this workshop is to give practical tools for participants to use that will help them express themselves through music – and more specifically, through song – while learning the basic anatomy of song structure. Overall, the workshop should be an inspiring and empowering experience for participants. 

Shana Tucker’s Spivey Hall residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.

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Sharon Rae North

February 7, 2015
Metropolitan Room
 34 West 22nd Street  (Bet. 5th & 6th Aves)
New York, NY 10010
Online ticketing at

She will perform at Black Women In Jazz in Atlanta in March and was nominated in the Best Black Female Vocalist of the Year category. Her new SunRae Jazz Band performs straight-ahead Jazz standards and contemporary songs with a Jazzy vibe.  Her song The Way You Make Me Feel is featured on the WIJSF Music Collection V!





Meet our newest member


It was an honor to be featured in Women in Jazz South Florida’s newsletter and on the website with musical members.  I have a deep belief in the importance of supporting the arts, and especially, independent artists who bring such richness to our world.  The support that we give each other can serve as a healing, unifying force among all people.  Our music can bring joy and thoughtfulness and peace.  May we all move forward into the New Year with music in our hearts to share with all.


musicwomanradio-jan15 255 ARCHIVED SHOWS since 2008! NOTE: Diva JC will interview WIJSF members, only, in 2015.  Shows will air once or twice, monthly.

1/2/2015 4:00 PM Ariane Cap – Special Day – FRIDAY
1/8/2015 4:00 PM Donna Singer – Thursday


Many thanks to our newest Honorary Member Andrea Garrison, host of Online With Andrea who featured our four WIJSF Music Collections over the past year.  Listen to the archived shows at these links:

Logo_MJTVNETWORK_DIVADAUGHTER Watch host Mimi Johnson’s interview with Joan Cartwright about malesexsymbols


YOUR STORIES: ALL members please submit photos, fliers, cd releases, and all announcements to Joan Cartwright at by the 28th of each month.