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Statement from the RCM on anti-racism

Statement from the RCM on anti-racism

Published on June 8, 2020

As an institution and as individuals, we condemn racism of any form in the strongest possible way. We recognise and do not accept in any way the pain that Black, Indigenous and other communities have and continue to endure.   We stand for equality, inclusion and dignity of all people and with those who seek a more just world. We denounce anti-black racism and do not tolerate racial injustice.
 
We also believe that music is a universal language: one that is essential to fostering mutual understanding and connection.  As a community of artists, we harness the power of music to advance those principles through inspiration of empathy and equality.
 
Since its inception Koerner Hall has had a specific mandate to present music, in every genre, from all parts of the world in celebration of the creativity of all the people in the world. To continue to give life to this commitment and to those values, we will dedicate the next season of Koerner Hall concerts to both the memory of all people who have been victims of racist brutality and the dream we all have of a more inclusive world.
 
We will present a special fundraising concert on November 14, given by the RCM’S ensemble KUNÉ, Canada’s multi cultural orchestra, consisting of recent immigrants who merge their musical heritage and celebrate the pluralism of our nation.   Proceeds will go to supporting anti racism. 
 
As well, our Learning Through The Arts program will continue to bring music and the arts to young people in public schools through a creative process that affirms identity and celebrates diversity.
 
Together as a community, RCM understands this is a time for reflection, listening, and humility.  We will build on the foundations we have laid as we commit ourselves to the process and work which lies ahead to further inclusivity for people of all races.