On March 19, the League of American Orchestras issued the following Statement on Violence and Discrimination Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders:
The League of American Orchestras stands in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community as it faces a terrible new wave of hate crimes and racism.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are an integral part of our orchestra community and our country. AAPI discrimination precedes the pandemic and has long existed—though it has previously been ignored. The League is dedicated to fighting this racism as part of its long-term commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in our own organization, and in supporting our members to do the same.
The hate against our fellow Americans must stop. Discrimination, stereotyping, and aggression must stop. As we stated in August 2020, “We choose to move fully and without delay toward absolute diversity and equity within our field; and henceforth to respect the value and boundless creative capacity of every human being.”