2020 marks a long-delayed reckoning within the broader field of art music and music studies. Although many brilliant artists and scholars have been working for years to address the problematic silences within the traditional musical canon, it has always been felt to be difficult to find BIPOC composers and researchers and thus impossible to perform their works. The claim, however, is quickly being revealed for what it is, a false narrative born of a performing and academic culture that has a long history of actively building and perpetuating systems of oppression and exclusion (both knowingly and not).
Luckily, performer/scholar activists and allies are hard at work dismantling this false narrative. While hardly exhaustive, the resources on this page provide today's performers and researchers an entry into the musical riches of a truly diverse culture of art music.