Orchestras Live will be a founding partner in an Arts Council initiative to increase access.
Orchestras Live welcomes the Arts Council England’s new report Creating a More Inclusive Classical Music. This critical research highlights the difficulty people from lower socio-economic backgrounds face to enter and thrive in the classical music sector. ACE’s response sets out to foster a sector ‘more representative of England today – in terms of class, geography, disability, ethnicity and gender’.
We will never know what talent that might have gone on to global acclaim was passed over by a system that fails to offer a fair opportunity for all.
~ Arts Council England
Arts Council England commended our pioneering Share Sound Project for engaging young people in classical composition and performance remotely during the pandemic. We will shortly publish our own report into the project’s effectiveness in providing access.
As part of Arts Council England’s response to the report, Orchestras Live is to be a founder partner in a long-term action research project starting in the Midlands, that will test initiatives aimed at supporting young people from all backgrounds looking to make a career in classical music and the wider music industry.
Through our own work to embed inclusive practice with orchestras, Music Education Hubs, youth and community initiatives and out-of-school settings, we know that there is a long way to go, but a body of support to promote change. We look forward to playing our part in creating a new framework for the orchestral profession so that people from all backgrounds know that it holds a place for them.
~ Sarah Derbyshire MBE, Chief Executive of Orchestras Live.
You can read the report, and the Arts Council’s response, here.