Classical orchestral music is rooted in the musical traditions of white, western European culture. ACO recognizes this history and addresses systemic inequities by focusing on these three connected but distinct areas of work. Each of these words means something different to different people. At ACO, we strive to incorporate equity, inclusion and anti-racism work across all program areas. Below are some specific examples.
In all aspects of our organization, but especially in programming, hiring, emerging composer platforms, and education initiatives, we are continually asking the following questions: Are we providing equal opportunities to all individuals? Are we identifying the biases within our industry and our organization, and working to mitigate them? What are the barriers to access and how can we remove them?
Examples of this work in practice include but are not limited to:
ACO is committed to fostering environments that are welcoming, safe, and accessible for all who are present. Evidence of inclusion in action can be seen in different facets of our work:
Classical orchestral music is rooted in the musical traditions of white, western European culture. ACO recognizes this history and its own place within it. ACO pledges to fight racism within our own organization and the world of classical music. Please read ACO’s Statement Against Racism published on June 24, 2020.
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