Britten Pears Arts’ Fair Access Commitments

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We’re delighted that Britten Pears Arts joined us as partners in signing up to our Fair Access Principles in February 2020.

Developed through consultation with a broad range of composers and organisations, Sound and Music’s Fair Access Principles are designed to act as a code of best practice for running successful, open and inclusive artist development programmes, competitions and awards for composers.

In signing up, Britten Pears Arts are committing to enact the Fair Access Principles across their work over the next two years. We recognise that organisations will need time to think about and implement changes within their programmes.

You can read their reasons for signing up and future commitments the organisation have made below.

Britten Pears Arts’ Statement

“This is an important step towards more open and inclusive artist development programmes, and Snape Maltings supports it wholeheartedly. We believe that Fair Access Principles will encourage organisations to work together in continuing to remove barriers, broaden our reach and diversify our programmes, making these accessible for music creators from all backgrounds as well as in all genres of music. It resonates strongly with our ethos as an organisation, and the vision Britten and Pears had for the arts to be useful for society as a whole.

– Rebecca Merritt, Head of Residencies at Britten Pears Arts

Want to get involved?

We’re actively looking for more partners to join us in committing to these principles. Find out more about how to get involved by emailing Co-Head of Artist Development, Will Dutta, at:

Read our Fair Access Principles

Learn more about our Fair Access Principles and partners

Contact us about getting involved

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