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BASCA: Equality And Diversity In New Music Commissioning – MusicTank

BASCA: Equality And Diversity In New Music Commissioning

23 May 2016

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Exclusive research undertaken by BASCA has revealed the extent of the problems surrounding diversity and equality in regard to gender and ethnicity within the realms of composition commissions and classical music education.

The research, conducted by Natalie Bleicher (BASCA’s Classical Co-ordinator), involved analysing data on commissioned works that were submitted to the 2015 British Composer Awards. That was a total of 299 compositions, from orchestral works to brass band pieces. (There is no information on how many commissioned works there are in total in the UK on an annual basis, but those submitted to the BCAs represent a significant percentage, and, of course, include many of the most high profile compositions of the year.)

Alongside this analysis, BASCA surveyed seven universities and conservatoires and also collected data from Sound and Music on participants at their Summer School and applicants to their professional development schemes.

The results have thrown up a wealth of brand new data and a fresh insight into exactly who is studying composition, who is qualifying at the highest level, and who is going on to secure the most prestigious commissions. More importantly, BASCA hopes, it has created a foundation on which a more diverse approach to commissioning and education can be built.

Author: Natalie Bleicher, Classical Co-ordinator at BASCA