ACWC 40th Anniversary

Happy 40th Anniversary, ACWC!

Welcome everyone to our 40th Anniversary Year!  It will be a celebration like no other.  Like so many things in 2020 and into 2021, much of it will be virtual. Concerts, talks, panel discussions, and meetings will all take place on our small screens.  While it would be so wonderful to see everyone in person, online events allow all of us to participate at the same time, from Halifax, to Victoria, to Yellowknife, and everywhere in between. It’s possible for us to hold a streamed concert in Toronto, and have all of our members in attendance.

Anniversaries are times to look both forward, and back, to see where we have come from and to think about where we are going. It is also a time to celebrate who and where we are right now.  I hope that the events we have planned will give us things to think about, inspire us, and bring all of us closer together.

The planning for this year began almost a year ago and has been a wonderful experience so far.  From reading all the creative ideas for ways of celebrating that were put forward, to working with committee members to decide on which ones are possible; from connecting with our early members to corresponding with other organizations such as the Music Librarians Association, the Registered Teacher’s Association, the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers.

This year is for you, our members.  This is a chance to get to know each other better, to celebrate each other and our achievements. A chance to let Canada and the rest of the world know that we are here. Our chance to loudly sing our praises. This is a time to hear new music, to make new friends, to find inspiration and become energized.  I hope all of you are able to join in some of the activities, that you will have your music played and heard, that you will hear wonderful, inspiring music of other women and feel, as I do, that 40 years of the ACWC/AFCC is something worth celebrating. May there be 40 more.

ACWC Playlist

ACWC Initiatives 40th Anniversary Fund 2021-Covid-related

  ACWC Initiatives Fund, Deadline – March 15, 2021, is available to all ACWC members.  This special 40th Anniversary ACWC Initiatives Fund will celebrate the 40th anniversary and/or relate to music-making during COVID-19.  Opportunities include:

  • creating new compositions to be played and recorded within Covid-era realities
  • creative compositional networking
  • create 40th Anniversary projects including video interviews
  • documentaries on ACWC history and/or music of  BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), racialized, or minoritized women’s musical work in Canada.

To apply, download this form and after completing it, email to:

ACWC History

Watch this space for stories and information about the ACWC/AFCC’s history and/or that of Canadian women composers.

Upcoming Online Events

Plans are in the works for an online panel about the beginnings of the ACWC/AFCC, and the challenges faced by Canadian women composers in the 20th and 21st century.

Upcoming Concerts

Watch for information about any and all upcoming performance events!

Please Donate

If you would like to help support celebrations for the ACWC/AFCC 40th Anniversary, including special concerts, workshops, projects, publicity and online initiatives, please donate by clicking on the Donation button below. Your support would be very helpful! Any donation of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt. Thank you!

Stay Tuned!

Stay tuned here to see ideas about the 40th anniversary as they develop!  Send any/all ideas to the ACWC 40th Anniversary Chair Diane Berry, who is also ACWC Secretary.

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