Introduction to Japanese Women Composers Meeting

Illustrator: Saki Ishida

I’m very excited to introduce you to a sister organization from Japan: Japanese Women Composers Meeting (JWCM)!

It is extremely rare to find any organized effort to advocate for women’s creativity in Japan, so I was overjoyed when I encountered JWCM. I first came across their website when I was having a hard time finding music written by Japanese women composers. It was shocking how invisible the Japanese women composers were, even searching in Japanese. I had searched for music by American women composers before, and the contrast of visibility between these two groups of women was stark. I couldn’t believe so few people were talking about women composers from Japan. It was pretty demoralizing.