“Orchestras and opera companies have been seeking out ways to bolster diversity and inclusion in their ranks,” reads an unsigned February 16 article at radio station WWFM (New Jersey) about two new equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. The article accompanies radio host Rachel Katz’s interview with “Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, which recently announced its Catalyst Fund, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that will provide grants to youth and adult orchestras to work with a consultant to create programs and strategies that promote equity, inclusion and diversity. Rachel [interviewed] Marc Scorca, president and CEO of Opera America, and Cerise Jacobs, president of the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, which have partnered together to launch the IDEA Opera Grant Program (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) that will award grants to teams of composers and librettists of color to support and promote the development of new works.” Listen to the discussion here. For more on the League’s Catalyst Fund, which advances equity, diversity, and inclusion in American orchestras, click here.

Posted February 27, 2019