Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
We recognise the lack of diversity in UK orchestras and acknowledge the enormous amount of work which needs to be done. The ABO was a significant contributor to Arts Council England’s report into ‘Creating a fairer and more inclusive classical music sector for England’. We believe fundamentally in supporting and promoting positive, meaningful change in our industry, society and the wider world. We pledge to be more attentive, to do better and to foster a space where everyone is both seen and heard. In doing so we strive for an orchestral sector that is without fear of prejudice or exclusion and that is fully inclusive, representative and reflective of the communities that we serve.
Music Masters' I’M IN (Inclusive Music Index) organisational Diversity & Inclusion audit tool, informed by its highly successful trial in 2020 with 60 music sector organisations.
Keychange - A number of ABO members have signed up to the 50/50 gender balance pledge
Power Up - an ambitious, long-term initiative which supports Black music creators and industry professionals and executives, as well as addressing anti-Black racism and racial disparities in the music ser
The League of American Orchestras have launched three new equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) 'Catalyst' learning resources tailored to the orchestra field:
- Promising Practices: Actions Orchestras Can Take to Make Progress Toward Equity
- A series of three Catalyst Webinars organized by EDI consultant McKensie Mack:
- A Short History of Structural Racism, a Catalyst Seminar on March 8 led by educational consultant Ayo Magwood
Online recorded sessions
Orchestral Connections (2021 symposium) Session: Inclusive Orchestras