NIMAN’s programs strategically focus on aligning resources, cultivating new opportunities and amplifying existing ones, and creating accountability to produce tangible results in achieving rightful equity in classical music. With emphasis on creating a holistic support system for musicians and music organizations alike, NIMAN connects music programs and organizational resources to BIPOC musicians seeking training and professional opportunities.

What You Can Expect

  • Youth Musician Leadership Summit to elevate the voices of young people with lived experiences. BIPOC instrumentalists in middle and high schools will be invited to join the NIMAN Youth Leadership Council and share their experiences as musicians of color and offer advice to educators and institutions on what they need to be successful.
  • [Virtual] Campus Visits to Colleges and Summer Programs designed specifically for instrumentalists from underrepresented ethnicities. This will be a space for BIPOC musicians to meet and learn about university music schools/conservatories, graduate programs, and summer festivals that will best fit their learning needs as well as the culturally-sensitive support they need to be successful. 
  • Career Development Forum for recent college graduates and early-career instrumentalists. While career development in classical music is challenging for any musician, there are unique barriers and challenges that BIPOC musicians experience that may have not been adequately addressed in their formal training. Through interactions with seasoned professional classical musicians of color and with professional music organizations, the participants will explore these challenges in new ways to navigate the current classical music landscape. 
  • Inclusive Teaching Seminars for any professional musician who teaches. Private teachers, teaching artists, college professors, and ensemble directors have impact on the lives of their students far beyond the musical instruction. NIMAN will help musicians and educators understand biases and systemic racism, develop cultural competency, and build skills to create inclusive instruction and student engagement methods. 
  • National ConveninG as an annual gathering of NIMAN members and supporters. The national convening will serve as an opportunity to ensure strategic alignment across the association membership, examine report cards on our collective progress, and engage in honest self-evaluation to create tangible results toward equity in classical music.   

“The Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) stands in full support of NIMAN. As students graduate from programs like CMPI and continue their musical training in college and beyond, NIMAN’s work of affecting systemic change in the organizations and institutions across the field will be desperately needed.”


Join the NIMAN Movement

Now, more than ever, your active involvement in building equity in classical music is critical to reestablishing the vibrancy of our field in the cultural landscape across the United States.

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