Public StatementsIn This Section
September 14, 2021
In Latinx Heritage Month, also known as Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15), and throughout the year, the League of American Orchestras honors the Latinx composers, conductors, musicians, and administrators who have contributed immeasurably to the field and art form.
August 25, 2021
The world is sadly aware of the events in Afghanistan and of the danger faced by women, girls, journalists, and all those who helped the Americans during the war. Less visible is the danger faced in Afghanistan by musicians of all ages, and the Taliban’s history of denying the human right of access to music and music-making.
June 21, 2021
In Pride Month and beyond, the League celebrates and stands in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ people.
March 19, 2021
In the spring of 2021, the League issued a statement of solidarity with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the wake of a wave of hate crimes and racism.
January 29, 2021
After more than 30 years working with orchestras, I was honored earlier this year to accept the position of President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras.
December 23, 2020
Dear Friends, Some of us have already celebrated our holidays, and others have them coming up this week. Most of us are gathering in smaller groups than ever before, missing the friends and family whose closeness makes the holidays so special. And all of us will watch the arrival of 2021 with a mixture of deep sadness at those lost to the pandemic and racial injustice, anxiety for the hardship that so many have endured, gratitude to the medical professionals across the world who have saved lives, and admiration for the extraordinary science that has seen vaccines arriving in months not years. – Simon Woods
November 9, 2020
Dear Friends, This has been an extraordinary, stressful, and transformative time in the life of the country, bringing relief for many and disappointment for others. At the League of American Orchestras we hope for a future that is rooted in decency, respect, and humanity…
August 5, 2020
In the summer of 2020, the League of American Orchestras issued a Statement on Racial Discrimination expressing how it is coming to grips with the history and impact of racism within the League and the wider community of orchestras, and committing to sustained action.
June 20, 2020
From listening to many of you in recent weeks, I know that this time we are living through is one that makes extraordinary demands on your organizations and poses leadership challenges never before faced. Musicians and staff are experiencing painful layoffs and salary cuts, and there is simply no way to sugarcoat this. – Jesse Rosen
June 1, 2020
Our colleagues of color—and many communities served by the orchestras we represent—are living with deep pain and fear, subjected to the threat of police violence, to the risks inherent in serving as essential workers in a time of crisis, and to ongoing oppression in a society scarred by racism. There is an urgent need for White people and predominantly White organizations to do the work of uprooting this racism.