Black Lives Matter - A Letter to the Live Music Now Family

 

June 2020

A Letter to the Live Music Now Family:

 

Live Music Now shares in the grief and anger provoked by the senseless murders of black people and the continuing pervasive force of racism. We stand in solidarity with those working towards a future in which insidious racism no longer holds sway throughout the world. We believe Black Lives Matter.

Live Music Now stands by our longstanding belief that music can serve as a powerful, positive force in fostering healing and creating harmony. Today, as in the past, we are deeply committed to engaging communities with little access to the arts, but as an organisation, we know we must do more to address systemic racism.

We invite the Live Music Now family to join with us in the weeks and months ahead as we take action on our commitment as an organisation to anti-racism, inclusion and equity. We will convene a musician, staff and board Working Group to drive faster change and specifically lead on:

  • Restructuring our musicians' recruitment procedure to ensure an equitable and inclusive entry point to Live Music Now;
  • Ensuring diverse leadership at the Board and senior management level;
  • Engaging our entire organisation in discussions around anti-racism, inclusion and representation in music making, participation and education;
  • Advocating for antiracist policies in the areas of music education, music and health and musicians' development.

The LMN Board of Trustees and staff are committed to supporting Live Music Now's anti-racism work with ongoing reflection, resources, visibility, engagement, and accountability. 

Our Founder, Yehudi Menuhin, believed passionately that musicians had to stand up for what they believe in. Menuhin was a humanist, a visionary and we know he would be the first to sign this statement of solidarity.

 

Sincerely,

 

Vernon Ellis (Chair) and Nina Swann (Acting Executive Director), Live Music Now

On Behalf of the Board of Trustees and Staff of Live Music Now