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UPDATE: As of 10/1/2019, the podcast has ended and no more episodes will be released. However, support is still gratefully accepted for the costs of the website, the publisher (which together come to $25/month) as well as the time and labor needed to regularly research and post new composers on social media (to date, we've featured 690!).

On Monday, September 26th, 2016, Elisabeth Blair began releasing episodes of the Listening to Ladies podcast.

What is the podcast about?
Each episode focuses on one composer who is a woman, weaving together an interview with clips of her music. These composers are from many parts of the world including the USA, Australia, Israel, the UK, Canada and Iran.

Why the focus on women composers?
Two brief stats which paint the situation nicely:
The classical music composition world falls far behind other art worlds in the area of gender equity. This podcast is one of many steps necessary to move toward that equity. 

What kinds of questions are asked?
The interviews focus on two main areas: (1) the composer's experience of being a woman in this male-dominated field, and (2) her music, aesthetics and philosophies

Why do I need your help?
In addition to many double-ender interviews conducted online, the podcast has taken me, Elisabeth, (the founder of LtL) to New York City, Toronto, Chicago, and San Francisco to do in-person interviews - and these trips, along with recording equipment, have all been paid for out-of-pocket.

Each episode currently takes a minimum of 3-4 full days of work, requiring time for researching the composer and preparing questions, the interview itself, in-depth creative editing (often cutting 2-4 hours of interview time + music clips down to approximately 20 minutes), writing a script, recording narration, and audio engineering. 

Added to this is the time spent working on social media and website engagement, the online showcasing of composers and the concert series (both of which complement the podcast), the work of posting the podcast and related materials to all online outlets (like iTunes), paying for the website and other tools like Hootsuite which help target our Twitter connections, and the continuous activity of researching for and applying to grants, residencies and fellowships to keep LtL afloat. 

I am confident that you will love the podcast and its mission, and so I am asking for your help. 

I will be sincerely grateful to anyone who can help with Listening to Ladies' work showcasing women composers. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a big difference to me.

With gratitude,

$100 - reached! per month
Pays for the website, publisher, AND the time and labor it takes to regularly (usually 3x week) research and feature new composers on the website and social media pages.
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