NEWS in MAP is a three-year strategic partnership project funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. The context for this project lies in the discrepancy between the skill set required by the music profession and the traditional education available at music college. NEWS in MAP seeks to raise the consciousness of women in relation to their suitability for positions of leadership, to increase both the participation of women at all levels of decision making and the opportunities for women to assume leadership roles. 

Accordingly, The Royal Irish Academy of Music's current research approaches the question from two different perspectives: the student perspective and the perspective of women in leadership in music. 

In this regards, a survey has been launched, which targets female leaders in order to gather their opinions of the skills and training necessary to assume formal leadership positions, and their perceptions of barriers to leadership. This survey concerns the presence of women in formal leadership positions in music organisations, programmes or other structures (as artistic directors, conductors, music school directors, CEOs, etc.), the competences (abilities, skills, knowledge and/or values) and training of those in formal leadership positions, their opinions of the skills and training that is necessary to assume a formal leadership position, and perceptions surrounding barriers to leadership for women.

Survey link: Woman in Formal Leadership Positions in Music Organisation Survey
It takes approximately 20 minutes to fill in the survey, and all information will be helpful for the research.

The project is a collaboration between various partners, including: 

  • Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia Roma 
  • European University Cyprus 
  • Royal Irish Academy of Music 
  • Yaşar Üniversitesi Association 
  • Association Européennes des Conservatoires, Academies musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC)