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Music Library

Diversity Resources in Music

Suggested Resources

Institute for Composer Diversity - Includes databases of both composers and works.

Music by Black Composers - directory of Black Composers available for commission and for research into contemporary classical music

The Composers Equity Project -  A Database of ALAANA, Women, and Gender Non-Conforming Composers

LGBTQ Composers - a resource for conductors, educators, performers, and scholars interested in the music of LGBTQ+ band composers

Women in Music - a clearinghouse for women composers, performers, and scholars

Database of Art Songs by Women Composers - search a dynamic database of women's art songs.

Diverse Composers of Wind Band Music - a spreadsheet of wind band music

Women Composer Index - search by artist or genre

Bassoon and Wind Quintet Music by Women, Non-binary Composers, and/or Composers of Color - spreadsheet of artists and works


Note: Adopted from UNCSA library guide,


Locate Lists of Composers/Artists/Works on Websites

Google searches are great to find various lists of musicians from diverse backgrounds. Search for keywords such as "black composers," "female composers of color," "LGBT songwriters," "transgender musicians," or develop your own search terms. 

Once you locate names of specific musicians, search Google, YouTube, and the library catalog for each musician's name to find scores and recordings. 


G.R. Little Library

Elizabeth City State University