Royal Opera House and English National Opera Among 60 Organisations Promising Gender Parity by 2022

July 4, 2019

The Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Opera North are among more than 60 music organisations publicly committing to achieving gender parity, as part of a new push to drive change in the industry.

Individual pledges include striving to reach gender equality among composers and creative teams on new operas, ensuring an equal number of men and women on programming line-ups and blind application processes for administrative roles.

More than 60 organisations, including some of the UK’s highest-funded companies and prominent performing arts conservatoires, have promised to take positive action towards equality.

The Keychange project is the brainchild of charitable funding body the PRS Foundation. It was launched in 2018, when 180 music festivals committed to programming gender-balanced line-ups by 2022.

That promise of gender parity has now been extended across the sector, with music organisations of any type able to sign up, each with tailored pledges based on their operation and output.

Among the first group to get behind Keychange are the Royal Opera House, ENO and Opera North.

The Royal Opera has committed to ensuring that women make up 50% of all creatives working on new opera productions at Covent Garden by 2022. This means in any given season, half of all composers, directors, designers, librettists and movement directors employed for new productions will be women.

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