Databases of Repertoire by Underrepresented Composers
Public Resources; Resources of Underrepresented Composers; Beginner Resources; Copyright Resources; Librarians on Performance Librarianship
A free collection highlighting the role of black music in world culture with materials originating or representing black music in the United States, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean in a variety of formats: personal papers, scores, sheet music, audio-visual materials, photographs, books, periodicals, and commercial recordings.
Its mission is to inspire Black students to begin and continue instrumental training, make the music of Black composers available to everyone, and help to change the face of classical music through greater diversity.
Developed by composer Rob Deemer and housed at SUNY Fredonia, this database allows users to browse over 4000 composers of historically underrepresented racial, ethnic, and cultural heritages; genders; and sexual orientations. You can search by composer name, living or deceased; composer demographics; common genres for both large and small ensembles; and location (city, state, country).
This list from 2018 includes the names and websites of composers identifying as women, gender non-conforming, and ALAANA (African/Black, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern, and Native American).
This online, subscription-based catalog contains over 9,000 original orchestral works by over 1,600 composers from 24 countries and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean. The database offers a free trial for 30 days, and then a modest annual fee for continued access.