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"Women in Music" records
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- Women in Music
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14 cm of textual records
11 10 inch reel to reel tapes
1 audiocassette tape
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In the 1980s, Ina Dennekamp founded a British Columbia wing of the Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC). Along with about a dozen BC women composers this organization produced an annual concert series. However, in the early 1990s, Ina decided there was a need to broaden the base of the organization beyond composers, and to represent the interests of all women involved in the music world (musicians, composers, journalists, etc). Furthermore, the members of the BC wing were feeling alienated from a Toronto-based organization, and hoped a local organization would better suit their needs.
With these concerns in mind, the BC wing of the ACWC was formally dissolved in June 1990, and replaced with the Society for Women in Music. The founding members of the organization were: Jeannie Corsi, Ina Dennekamp, Bonnie Ferguson, Sherilyn Fritz, Anita Perry, Sylvia Rickard, and Anita Sleeman.
The new group was established to be “a resource and education organization that aims to increase the contribution and recognition of women in all aspects of music”. To that end, the Society created a bursary fund, produced (or co-produced) several public musical events which promoted the work of women composers and musicians, hosted workshops and conferences, produced a newsletter and established a resource centre.
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Subfonds consists of material relating to the Society for Women in Music (WIM). WIM was established as a networking and resource group for women employed in music, and the records in this subfonds detail their activities. The subfonds contains the administrative records of the group, as well as recordings of concerts sponsored (or co-sponsored) by WIM.