The music education charity has launched ‘I’m In’ to tackle racism and all forms of prejudice, and to drive systemic change


London Music Masters teaches 1,300 children each week in some of London’s most diverse boroughs to play the violin or the cello © Matt Stuart

London Music Masters (LMM) has named the first 40 organisations who have signed up to its diversity and inclusion audit tool. ’I’m In’ is a self-analysis tool designed to help musical organisations build strategies to dismantle racism and all forms of prejudice, and to drive systemic change.

The 40 orchestras, conservatoires, music networks, education hubs, youth ensembles and other organisations have been divided into two cohorts for summer and autumn 2020. The summer cohort consists of:

Awards for Young Musicians, BBC Concert Orchestra, Cheltenham Music Festival, City of London Sinfonia, Live Music Now, London Contemporary Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, MishMash Productions, Multi-Story Music, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, NMC Recordings, Opera Holland Park, Orchestras for All, Orchestras Live, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, RSNO, Schott Music Ltd, Sinfonia Cymru, Sinfonia Viva, Sound Connections, Soundcastle, Spitalfields Music, The Nucleo Project, Tŷ Cerdd, WildKat PR.

The autumn cohort consists of:

Bromley Youth Music Trust, CBSO, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Studies Network, Haringey Music Service, HarrisonParrott, Music Education Islington, Music Teachers’ Association (MTA), NYMAZ, Odyssey Trust for Education, Royal College of Music, Royal College of Music Junior Department, Royal Northern College of Music, Tri-borough Music Hub.

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Both ‘I’m In’ summer and autumn cohorts will answer questions on motivation, leadership and organisational culture. Diversity and inclusion specialists will then review the findings in October, and provide feedback and a roadmap for progression. The tool is designed to be an annual audit so that companies can measure progress over time.

’We were blown away by the response from the sector to the launch of ”I’m In”, said LMM’s executive director Rob Adediran. ’Clearly organisations ranging in size from small community outfits to our major symphony orchestras are recognising the need to go beyond issuing statements about diversity and start creating inclusive cultures. The music sector is a complex and interdependent ecosystem, for change to happen it has to happen everywhere: in education, in management, in ensembles, in the commercial sector, in festivals and in venues. We hope that the breadth of organisations who are taking part will inspire others to join us on this mission to change music for good.’