The Diversity & Inclusion Resource Center is designed to provide practical and helpful insight, advice, and a path to greater diversity and inclusion in every part of your organization. Hundreds of free resources — including two pioneering diversity studies published by the League — are available to help you better understand and create a deeper connection with your community.
For the League of American Orchestras, achieving diversity means affirming the inclusion and involvement of a broad representation of our community, reflecting its true make-up, including race, ethnicity and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, disabilities, education, geography, and religion. The League has pledged to:
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Commentary from Jesse Rosen
A Time to Act (August 2017)
Read a statement from our CEO, Jesse Rosen, on the role of orchestras in this time of escalated divisiveness and intolerance.
Confronting homogeneity at American orchestras is the focus of Jesse Rosen’s article in Grantmakers in the Arts’ GIA Reader. Read it here.
League President and CEO Jesse Rosen spoke on diversity in American orchestras at the recent conference of the Association of British Orchestras.
Nearly 1,000 orchestra administrators, musicians, trustees, and volunteers gathered in Baltimore for the League's 71st National Conference June 9-11. This year's conference focused on diversity, particularly as it relates to increasing the involvement of members of underrepresented communities in all aspects of our orchestras—on stage, in the board room and the executive offices, and in the audience.
Powerful address on diversity from The Honorable Elijah Cummings, U.S. Representative (MD-7)
Keynote speaker Earl Lewis, President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Address from DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist; Address from Dr. Monique Chism, deputy assistant secretary for policy and programs, OESE, U.S. Department of Education; Closing Luncheon Remarks and Panel
Session on Resourcing Diversity Work with Janet Brown, president & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts; Susan Feder, program officer, performing arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Marian Godfrey, cultural advisor, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Edwin Torres, deputy commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Session on Inclusive Leadership with Andrés Tapia, senior client partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group and author of The Inclusion Paradox - 2nd Edition: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity.
A New Will to Confront Homogeneity in American Orchestras: this article by League President and CEO Jesse Rosen originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of the GIA Reader, a publication of Grantmakers in the Arts.
How Can Orchestras Become More Diverse: League President and CEO speaks with a roundtable of distinguished African American orchestral musicians about their lives at American orchestras.
The State of the Board: Report from BoardSource on board diversity—and how to increase it.
Forward Steps: Orchestras are working to broaden musician diversity with a rich array of talent-development projects, fellowships, and mentoring programs.
The Diversity & Inclusion Resource Center is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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