Voices for change in the classical music profession : new ideas for tackling inequalities and exclusions /

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Oxford University Press,, New York, United States, p.xvi, 352 pages : (2023)

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(OCoLC)fst01030867, (OCoLC)fst01122310, Discrimination in the music trade., fast, Music trade, Musicians, Social aspects., Social change., Social conditions.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [309]-339) and index.This volume advances understanding of the nature of inequalities in the field of classical music production in the Global North, exploring why inequalities continue to exist, and asking what can be done to tackle ongoing exclusions. It constitutes an urgent intervention into these contemporary debates, drawing together ongoing and emergent analyses from scholars, activists, and musicians in a variety of countries across Europe and North America to foreground both scholarly examination of these inequalities, alongside discussion of strategies and catalysts for change. Academic accounts investigate inequalities in higher education and the classical music industry, exploring racial, class, and gender inequalities, "authenticity", disability representation, changing the canon, and neoliberalism. The book also includes interviews with those working in the classical music industry where they reflect on issues of diversity and share insights and inspiration as well as good practice, putting into dialogue scholarly and industry-based accounts. Themes of the book include institutional legacies and possibilities for change; racial, gender, and class inequalities and marginalised voices; and strategies for activism whether reflective practices, informal networks, or larger organisations leading change. --