This is a time of wrenching upheaval in public health and in the political and social fabric of our city, state, and country. We cannot ignore violence against Black Americans or ongoing prejudice—racial, ethnic, and religious—that mars the lives of so many, nor can we ignore discrimination due to disability, sexual orientation, national origin, and gender identification.
We align ourselves with Early Music America's Statement of Solidarity (see www.earlymusicamerica.org/statement-of-solidarity), and affirm that #BlackLivesMatter.
Now is the time to stand up for our beliefs and to act upon them. We believe that music can sing protest, foster reconciliation, and provide comfort in troubled times. Let us all acknowledge the pain and be part of the solution.
For our part, we will continue to be attentive to presenting and celebrating performers and composers of color.
~ AEMS Board of Directors