Mission statement


The ForumMusikDiversität Schweiz (FMD) is a centre of competence for music, gender and diversity, and sees its task as knowledge transfer in these areas. 

Target audience

The FMD’s activities are aimed at all those who work in the music sector, as well as to audiences. 

Objective and means

We refer to Article 1of the Federal Act of 24 March 1995 on Gender Equality (EqA; SR 151.1) and Articles 3 and 4 of the Federal Act of 11 December 2009 on the Promotion of Culture (SR 442.1), and implement these as follows:

1. In the music business, we wish to 

strengthen diversity through empowerment, and give a wider stage to those who have previously been underrepresented.
draw attention to and reduce discrimination, and counter traditional gender roles with the self-evident presence of all genders in all musical professions. For example, we perform music by women composers, or simplify the access of men to musical professions that are predominantly occupied by women.
question existing power relationships and dissolve hierarchical constructs. 

2. At the conceptual level, we wish to 

commission research examining the quantitative and qualitative foundations of gender distribution in Swiss musical life.
act as a liaison between research and musical practice. 

Areas of activity

1. Collection and documentation 

The heart of the FMD is its music media collection. It was established in order to strengthen the position of women’s musical work, which is underrepresented in the music business. It aims to make music by women composers accessible and playable. The stock of academic literature on music, gender and diversity aims to expand the field of vision to various aspects of music. The media collection is continuously being enlarged; an online catalogue means it can be viewed worldwide, is publicly accessible, and most stock can be borrowed. The collection does not contain any bequests from composers’ estates, but we are happy to receive information to extend a list of documents from the estates of musicians and composers.

2. Communication – internal and external transfer 

To ensure knowledge transfer within and outside the FMD, we use the following means of communication:
Personal contacts
Social media

3. Networking

The FMD promotes the networking of its members.
It also works nationally and internationally with other associations, institutes, organisations and partners in musical practice who have similar objectives. 

4. Procuring data and elaboration of groundwork

The FMD serves as a point of contact for applied research projects in music, gender and diversity. 

The realisation of the projects requires individual initiative and depends on resources. The FMD Board makes decisions on particular issues and means of support.