During the period covered by this research, 65 symphony orchestras undertook structured programs to build EDI culture and capacity as grantees of the League’s Catalyst Fund and 117 symphony orchestras signed up as Annual Partners in the National Alliance for Audition Support. By the 2021-22 season, notable progress had been made by the field as a whole in the representation of composers of color within orchestra programming (Deemer and Meals, 2022). In other areas, however, the work of challenging conventions, systems, and processes calls for significantly increased investment and coalition building.

We appreciate the magnitude of the work ahead to improve diversity of representation both on stage and off. At the same time, we lift up and applaud the work of the many orchestras who have demonstrated their commitment to this journey. While not an exhaustive inventory of work underway nationwide, the following list provides examples of actions that are being taken.

“How To” Resources for Orchestras’ EDI Work

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This project was supported in part by an award from the Research Grants in the Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, Grant #1863433-38-20. Additional funding was provided by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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