In January 2020, New Music USA launched Amplifying Voices, a program designed to promote marginalized voices in orchestral music by fostering collaboration and collective action between orchestras across the U.S. Now, the organization is announcing that ASCAP, Wise Music Trust and The Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization have signed on to back the initiative, which has since won the participation of over 35 orchestras.

According to a recent analysis by the Institute for Composer Diversity, just 6% of all works programmed in the 2019/2020 orchestral seasons were by composers from underrepresented racial, ethnic and cultural heritages, while works by women composers, both living and dead, accounted for just 9.5%.

To help rectify this longstanding imbalance, industry partners ASCAP and Wise Music Trust have come aboard to support the Amplifying Voices Learning Lab, which will facilitate conversations with composers, orchestras and industry guests on topics including best approaches to co-commissioning, centering existent repertoire by BIPOC composers and aiding discovery of those compositions by audiences around the country.

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