ASAP is proud to be one of many different organizations dedicated to increasing diversity, inclusivity, and equality in classical music. Below is a list of other organizations and individuals that we believe in.
BLACK PIANISTS SOCIETY
In our country today, there is a significant dearth of black, Latinx, and Native American youth that play the piano. The Black Pianists Society is a student-led, virtual organization that was founded in order to connect student musicians of color from all walks of life, across the country. We work to embrace and empower musicians (specifically pianists) of color through academic enrichment activities, tutoring, volunteer, performance opportunities, and more!
Castle of our Skins
"Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present." - Castle of our Skins
"The Chineke! Foundation was created by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE in 2015 to provide outstanding career opportunities to established and up-and-coming Black, Asian and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians in British and European orchestras." - Chineke! Foundation
Keys to Inclusion
"Keys to Inclusion" is an initiative between the piano departments at NEIU, UMBC, Loyola U.- New Orleans, Denison U. & SDSU, to commit to learning about the piano music of African American composers for the 20-21' school year.
"Imani Winds is 21st century wind quintet that specializes in music from the past 100 years and the next 100 years, commissions composers from diverse backgrounds that reflect present times, and creates concert experiences that leave audiences inspired and spell-bound." - Imani Winds
Institute for Composer Diversity
The Institute for Composer Diversity works to encourage the discovery, study, and performance of music written by composers from underrepresented groups.
We do this to positively impact three important groups: the audiences and students who will engage with the music, the conductors, performers, and educators who serve to bring that music to those audiences and students, and the composers themselves.
Iranian Female Composers Association
"IFCA is designed to enrich the community of contemporary art and music. Our mission is to empower Iranian women in music and in the arts by fostering originality, honoring diversity, and strengthening equality." - IFA
Maria Thompson Corley
My People Tell Stories
"My People Tell Stories was started based on the premise that people of color need to tell and interpret their own stories. We provide services in arts education, including professional development for teachers, artists, and researchers who seek to center diverse, inclusive, and equitable practices in their work. We strive to do work that leads to the healing of mind, body, spirit, and soul." - My People Tell Stories
"Dr. Samantha Ege is an award-winning researcher, internationally-recognised concert pianist, and renowned public speaker. She belongs to a new generation of practitioners who are redefining classical music and illuminating the diversity of its past, present, and future." - Dr. Samantha Ege
The Sphinx Organization
"The Sphinx Organization is the Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts." - The Sphinx Organization