Since its beginnings in 1982, the ACWC has supported a number of projects that advocate and celebrate music composed by women in Canada.
Very notably, the ACWC produces the professional online publication, ACWC Journal, edited by Tawnie Olson, produced biannually and found on this site. The Journal features members’ writings about their own musical activities, projects, concerts and events, with special emphasis given to new members. Other contributors’ writings present ideas, musical contexts and opportunities relevant to ACWC. Each edition also includes a wealth of pertinent musical announcements and composer opportunities: concerts, workshops, competitions, networking and more.
Members Directory: Initiated in 1987 and originally published in print form, the members directory is now online and includes approximately 60 Canadian women composers.
Choral Collective: The ACWC Choral Collective consists of ACWC professional choral composers who are teaming up with Canadian conductors in order to promote and distribute their choral music throughout Canadian universities, colleges, secondary schools, and choral organizations.
Other ACWC Collectives, relating to various other musical media – solo, chamber, orchestral, are being planned as well.
Current performance projects include the Sandbox Percussion Collaboration, in which music by three ACWC composers – Vivian Fung, Anna Pidgorna, and Bekah Simms – is featured within Sandbox Percussion’s 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 concert seasons in New York City.
Other projects supported by ACWC include concerts, such as one in September, 2015 at University of Waterloo, featuring works by 12 ACWC composers from across Canada – Hildegard Westerkamp, Gayle Young, Emily Doolittle, Jana Skarecky, Laura Pettigrew, Diane Berry, Joanne bender, Carol Ann Weaver, Carmen Braden, Katerina Gimon, Caroline Bordignon, and Emily Walker. Similar all-ACWC concerts are occurring throughout Canada. And a recent, 2015 opera performance by ACWC composer, Elizabeth Raum, was given support by ACWC.
The ACWC 20th Anniversary Festival: Then, Now and Beyond, A Festival of Music by Women was a major collaboration between the Ottawa Chamber Music Society and the Universities of Ottawa and Carleton in 2002, with concerts recorded for broadcast by the CBC.
The ACWC has an accumulated an Archive of material which is unique in Canada consisting of some of this music, recordings, LPs, tapes, interviews, correspondence, course materials, music and other ephemera which it would like to preserve, catalogue and eventually make it accessible to the public, to schools and to further research.