New League resource guide: “Making the Case for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Orchestras”

Posted on: March 2, 2021

The League of American Orchestras has published Making the Case for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Orchestras, a guide with concrete answers and practical resources that orchestras can use to advance anti-racism and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) at all levels of their organizations. Developed in collaboration with a team of orchestra musicians, music directors, board members, and staff, the guide is intended to help the orchestra field take action to become more inclusive and welcoming of all people and all differences. The guide provides practical advice, content, and support, and is designed to help those in orchestras to make the case for this vital work and navigate some of the key questions as they take action for change. Orchestras have a long history of discrimination, and Making the Case is offered amid America’s current reckoning with 400 years of oppression against Black people, underscored by the recent police killings and the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black and Brown Americans. It follows the League’s Statement on Racial Discrimination issued in August 2020. Read Making the Case for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Orchestras here.