Project 19 is the New York Philharmonic's multi-season initiative to commission and premiere new works by 19 women composers, from Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging talents, to mark the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Launching in February 2020, Project 19 is the single largest women-only commissioning initiative in history. As part of the project, the Academy of American Poets has partnered with the Philharmonic to commission nineteen new poems by award-winning poets Elizabeth Alexander, Ellen Bass, Kimberely Blaeser, Mahogany Browne, Claudia Castro Luna, Tina Chang, Marilyn Chin, Natalie Diaz, Rita Dove, Brenda Hillman, Linda Gregerson, Joy Ladin, Ada Limón, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Alicia Ostriker, Paisley Rekdal, Evie Shockley, Maggie Smith, and Mai Der Vang
In addition to the Academy of American Poets, the Philharmonic is partnering with Catalyst, The Juilliard School, Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School (M. 859), League of Women Voters of the City of New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New-York Historical Society to extend the reach of Project 19 and further conversations about representation in classical music and beyond. Learn more at the New York Philharmonic website.