The world’s leading classical music management company, HarrisonParrott, today announced their latest initiative: the HarrisonParrott Foundation, which will focus on the company’s mission to support and champion diversity and inclusivity within the arts.

Figures from the last British census showed that the UK was 14% non-white and London’s population was over 40% BME, yet BME representation across the creative industries had fallen to just 5.4%. HarrisonParrott is partnering with organisations who work day-in, day-out to combat these issues: the Tri-Borough Music Hub, which manages the delivery of subsidised music education in three West London boroughs, and Creative Access, which supports young people from black and other non-white minority ethnic backgrounds as well as those with a lower socioeconomic status to secure professional opportunities in the creative sector.

Through the Artists for Inclusivity initiative, the HarrisonParrott Foundation hopes to encourage as many as possible of HarrisonParrott’s international artist roster to take time to visit a Tri-Borough Music Hub programme which include performances, masterclasses, talks and educational workshops, with the objective being to give participants access to world-class musicians in a non-concert setting. They will also work with Creative Access to support young people from under-represented communities throughout the UK by offering a series of apprenticeships at their London headquarters.

HarrisonParrott staff in its London, Paris and Munich offices will get involved in the programmes and will be joined by the company’s roster of artists and other strategic partners. Leading artists Jess Gillam and Ollie Howell are amongst those that have agreed to act as independent trustees of the foundation.

Gillam commented: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be involved with the HarrisonParrott Foundation. As we know, music is a tool that can bring hope, joy, empathy, cooperation and wonder into the world and we live in a time where we need that more than ever! Every child has the right to learn an instrument, experience music and benefit from the skills that come with that – dedication, resilience, empathy – and the HP Foundation will help to make that possible for many more children.’

Executive chairman Jasper Parrott commented: ‘We want to challenge the idea that ethnicity, gender, disability and social background are impediments to full inclusivity – we believe everyone deserves access to the arts. We want to challenge preconceived assumptions of what the arts are and who they are for. By forming our new foundation, HarrisonParrott aims to create and support programmes that will have a real impact on these issues and act as an example to others in our industry.’

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