Diversity in classical music (Arts Council England)
February 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - February 5, 2021 @ 5:00 pm GMT
Arts Council England has commissioned ICM Unlimited, working in partnership with DHA Associates, to deliver a year-long research project to help provide a picture of the current diversity of the classical music sector.
For the first time we will have the evidence needed to properly understand the challenges musicians from diverse backgrounds face, and our options for moving forward, as we seek to sustain and further diversify the classical music workforce of this country. We know that this isn’t the entire picture, but with performers of orchestral instruments, and the administrators and other professionals who work with them, sitting at the core of so much of the genre’s repertoire, this feels like a good place to start.
The project is being delivered in partnership with key organisations and individuals from within the classical sector. Together, we will identify the crucial enablers that might bring about change and stimulate debate and action. Our advisory group includes representatives from the major sector bodies from music education and industry alongside individual musicians; evidence of the sector’s collective commitment to this initiative.
We need a broad range of those associated with classical music to complete this survey – including instrumentalists, teachers and administrative and other support staff, including learning and participation professionals. We’re keen to hear the voices of those who work on a freelance basis in addition to those on permanent contracts. Whether you have just begun your career or have been involved in the classical world for several decades, your viewpoint and experiences are highly valued.
This research presents a fantastic opportunity for us to come together and investigate the classical workforce and its talent pipelines as they are now, to help us develop an informed view of what they could become in the future.