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Where: Royal Festival Hall, London
When: 07 October 2003
Times: 10am - 5pm
Described by delegates as "inspirational", "challenging", "serious and meaningful", "thought-provoking" and a "brilliant departure for the ABO", this event was attended by over 180 arts managers, funders, practioners, composers and performers.
Following an opening address by Lord Moser Chairman, British Museum Development Trust, this interactive day of discussion and debate highlighted the many cultural diversity issues facing orchestras, focusing on equality, access and inclusion. It featured contributions from the private and not-for-profit sectors, funding bodies and arts practitioners themselves. Case studies included presentations from Roger Putnam Chairman, Ford Motor Company Limited; Hilary Wiseman Head of Diversity, HSBC Bank plc; and Pam Farmer HR Manager, Equality and Diversity, BT plc. There was also an unique "Audience Development Lab" involving focus groups of representatives from the culturally diverse communities orchestras are trying to reach.
Following on from the symposium, the ABO organised a highly successful London based event Diversify Your Network funded by decibel, Arts Council England in June 2004. Orchestra managers and those working in the culturally diverse arts had the opportunity to meet and discuss a wide range of issues.
The ABO is actively involved in GAIN, an Arts & Business initiative to diversify the boards of selected arts organisations.