‘Let HER MUSIC Play’ is an initiative by the Donne Foundation, striving for gender equality in music

GDiLaccio by Sharon Eve Smith

Donne, Women in Music founder Gabriella Di Laccio

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Donne, Women in Music is poised to make history with ‘Let HER MUSIC Play’, a concert that will set a new Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Acoustic Music Live-Streamed Concert’, exclusively featuring music by female and non-binary composers and songwriters. Showcasing a diverse mix of classical, folk, jazz, pop, and more, included in the notable lineup are all-female string quartet Vulva Voce and cellist Hadewich van Gent, with more artists expected to join.

The Donne Foundation is a charity dedicated to connecting and empowering anyone who identifies as a woman in order to create a more equitable music industry. In addition to compiling research, the foundation maintains a resource listing over 5,000 female composers, ranging from the medieval period to today, celebrating women’s often-overlooked contributions to music. Recent partnerships with the foundation include the Royal Albert Hall, Apple Music, and the Oscars.


Launched alongside the concert is the Donne Foundation’s ‘£1 for equality’ campaign, the proceeds of which will aid the foundation in advancing diversity, creating opportunities, and shaping the future of women in music.

‘As a woman in music and an artist myself, I am fully committed to fundamentally transforming the music industry, ensuring my role actively contributes to meaningful change,’ said Gabriella Di Laccio, a soprano and the founder of Donne, Women in Music. ‘This event is my way of trying to connect people around the world to join me on this cause.’

The concert will begin at 12pm local time on Thursday 22 February at the Embassy of Brazil in London, UK, and will conclude at 2pm local time on Friday 23 February. The event will be livestreamed globally via YouTube.

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