Liverpool Philharmonic believes that equality of opportunity and reflecting the rich diversity of Liverpool City Region are central to our artistic success, continuing audience growth and long-term sustainability. We will embrace and champion the opportunities that diversity offers in our leadership, company members and in the artists and musical genres we present.
As a major cultural institution we have a responsibility to serve and to represent all the diverse communities of our City Region. We also want to ensure that we continue to be relevant to all the people of the Liverpool City region.
And we recognise that diversity is fundamental for the development of our business.
If we are disadvantaging any sector of the population, we are failing in our mission and in our responsibility. And we are potentially losing audience members, musicians, diverse partners and staff members – ultimately losing potential skills and talent; and not performing or presenting some great music.
So, for Liverpool Philharmonic there is a creative case for diversity; a business case; and a social responsibility and moral case.
In particular, we are taking action to address diversity and equality with regard to
Our Diversity Action Plan focusses on the following areas of our business:
We have identified a 10 year vision for what we want to achieve as an organisation in relation to diversity. This is a long term vision for change, but we will demonstrate clear and visible progress in the next 3 years. We also recognise that in areas like the Orchestra and repertoire diversification, we are part of a larger infrastructure and we need to work with others in the sector to effect meaningful and lasting change.
Our vision for diversity is core to how we achieve our goals and mission of becoming a truly international organisation rooted in Liverpool that enhances and transforms lives through music. We see this as a positive process, embracing the opportunities that diversity presents to us as an organisation.
We will achieve this vision through the efforts and commitment of the whole organisation, with the plan approved by the Board and overseen by a cross-organisational steering group including a Board champion and the Chief Executive.
We are working to achieve the following: