Commitment to Change
There is no place for racism within the Lyric.
We have been listening, thinking and reflecting on Black Lives Matter: how we can contribute to ending systemic racism and injustice and changing our own organisation for the better. Information shared by staff, former staff and stakeholders has sharpened our awareness that we have much work to do together to be an actively anti-racist organisation.
Here’s what we are doing:
- Creating an Action Plan for Change. Lyric staff, young people, artists, partners, stakeholders and people who have been associated with the Lyric in the past are informing this work.
- We’ve put in place a specially formed sub-group of the board reporting to the Chair, to oversee an Independent Review of working culture and systemic racism. This will enable anyone connected with the Lyric to share experiences or grievances in confidence, and its recommendations will inform our action plan.
- Creating new systems in the Lyric to ensure that no-one’s voice goes unheard. Lyric staff will contribute to how these manifest now and once we re-open.
- We’ve begun to create a new induction and on-going training programme for all staff to ensure the Lyric’s culture and working environment is anti-racist, open and safe for everyone. This will include ensuring that all staff have safe and clear routes to report racism.
- We are increasing the agency and strategic impact of youth voice at the Lyric, consulting and collaborating with our young people to design and implement a new approach. This work will be led by our Director of Young Lyric and will build on the recent research on youth voice undertaken by our resident Clore Fellow. Our ambition is to ensure that young people’s voices are at the heart of Lyric strategy.
- We are setting up a new Diversity Group, developed in consultation with staff, as a space to develop progressive ideas and actions to ensure the Lyric is inclusive for everyone.
- We want to develop and implement a new career progression programme for staff from underrepresented groups. We will develop new partnerships to make this happen.
- We will share updates on our website on the development of our action plan and our progress in delivering it, as well as our annual workforce data.
We recognise the urgency and importance of change. We have started this process and are committed to taking the actions we can now, despite our current closure. We know that lasting and meaningful change takes time. This will be a fundamental part of the work we do together as we make our decisions about the future of the Lyric and work towards reopening.
We thank everyone who has shared their experiences and ideas, including staff, board, artists, young people, partners and stakeholders. We also acknowledge the specific accounts that Parishma Patani and Basheba Baptiste brought to our attention and the emotional and intellectual labour involved in doing so.
We would welcome hearing from anyone connected with the Lyric who would like to share relevant experiences with us as we develop our future plans. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in confidence and your email will go straight to the dedicated board sub-group which is made up of three trustees with intersectional experience.