Music agent joins diversity struggle
A classical music agency has set up a foundation to support diversity and inclusivity in the arts.
HarrisonParrott, which has offices in London, Paris and Munich, is celebrating its 50thanniversary by creating the foundation, partnering with Tri-Borough Music Hub and Creative Access to develop a series of programmes tackling the problem.
“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” said the company’s executive chairman Jasper Parrott. “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 to do something effective in tackling these issues.”
The leading young artists Ollie Howell, the jazz musician, and saxophonist Jess Gillam (pictured here by Kaupo Kikkas) are independent trustees of the 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” Gillam said. “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.”