American Composers Forum in partnership with I Care If You Listen to kickoff UNEVEN MEASURES: Artists Reflect on the 19th Amendment in 2020 series

The centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment provides an opportunity for the American Composers Forum (ACF) and I CARE IF YOU LISTEN (ICIYL) to celebrate this historic moment while highlighting the complexity of women’s suffrage and exclusion to participation, even in 2020. From August 18 (the ratification date) through the presidential election on November 3, ACF and ICIYL will invite today’s women, trans, and nonbinary artists to share what the 19th Amendment means to them through UNEVEN MEASURES, a series dedicated to advancing intersectional gender equity in 2020, prioritizing racial equity.

UNEVEN MEASURES kicks off on August 18th by Engaging with Women, Trans, and Nonbinary Artists and Arts Leaders with the commissioned collective essay published on, What does the 19th Amendment mean to you? (Part One) featuring contributions by JoAnn Falletta, Libby Larsen, Paola Prestini, Alex Temple, Alysia Lee, Angelica Negron, Natalie Calma, Aeryn Santillan, Nebal Maysaud, and Wang Jie.

The series will Amplify the Work of Women, Trans, and Nonbinary Artists by featuring weekly Five Questions interviews with artists and ListN Up playlists curated by artists with their own narrative about why they love this music (theirs and those that inspired them), all published on Juhi Bansal will offer responses to Five Questions on Wednesday, August 19th, and Yaz Lancaster will offer their responses on Tuesday, August 25th. ListN Up will feature a playlist by Amanda Gookin on Friday, August 21st and Nina Shekhar on Friday, August 28th.

In October, UNEVEN MEASURES will Drive Gender Equity by hosting and facilitating “Roundtable” discussions with multi-generational and all-gender groups on the following subjects (participants and dates to be announced):

  • Transformative Power: Women Leading 
  • Understanding Intersectionality
  • Advocating for Gender Equity

Also in October, ACF’s Racial Equity Study Group will feature Tiffany Cross’ new book Say It Louder! Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy in a discussion with the book’s editor, Patrik Henry Bass, Senior Editor, Amistad at HarperCollins Publishers.  

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UNEVEN MEASURES is supported by a generous grant from The Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization Inc., established in 1996 by pianist Claudette Sorel and named for her parents. The Sorel Organization is committed to supporting gender equity in music and addressing systemic inequities by providing greater visibility for women musicians from underrepresented communities. Find out more at

We are thankful for our promotional partnership with the New York Philharmonic, whose Project 19 is the largest women-only commissioning project in history and was born of the conviction that an orchestra can participate in conversations about social imperatives and even change the status quo. Find out more at 

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