Black Lives Matter—A Response from the Royal Irish Academy of Music
In recent days, we have followed the horrific event of George Floyd's death at the hands of a US police officer, and the protests against racism across the world. We have also engaged in frank discussions internally, addressing our responsibility to support black students and musicians. Through our curriculum, programming, and in our provision of access to music education, we recognise that the RIAM is both in a position and has a duty to effect meaningful change.
Our RIAM 175 Working Group on Equality, Identity, Diversity and Inclusiveness has been systematically looking at our processes and actions to develop a safe and supportive learning environment for all, and this will mean conducting an access and inclusivity review and implementation plan. We commit, as an institution, to helping combat racism and inequality and know that overcoming conscious or unconscious power inequities will foster greater social inclusion and the best possible healthy and sustainable community of learning at the RIAM.
We also wish to respond strongly and immediately to the tragic events of recent weeks, and we pledge to better represent composers and musicians of colour in our artistic programming output and our examination syllabi.
We stand in support of the black community against racism and discrimination.