Jessie’s Fund utterly condemns the recent killing of George Floyd and wishes to add its voice of support to the peaceful protests taking place around the world under the banner Black Lives Matter. We recognise the global need to address the inequalities and injustices many people face in their lives through wholly unjustified discrimination. Now is the moment of collective responsibility to draw positive action out of these tragic events.
Jessie’s Fund is committed to respecting the rights of every individual with whom we work regardless of background, race, religion, gender, sexuality or disability. We strive to offer equal opportunities in all areas of our work whether that be with our musicians, beneficiaries, office staff, volunteers, trustees or supporters. We regularly monitor and review our procedures of recruitment, governance, grant making and service delivery with diversity and equality of opportunity in mind. Despite this, we know that we have much to do to become a properly diverse organisation, and we are committed to meeting this challenge.
Much remains to be achieved in the charity sector as a whole and in the sphere of music provision and music therapy for children. It is our hope the current wave of outrage will lead to lasting change in all walks of life. Jessie’s Fund stands ready to contribute in its own small way to wider debates and initiatives to bring about positive improvements in diversity and equality in the sectors in which we work. Music should have a special role to play in this process as a universal language crossing all boundaries. In the words of Nelson Mandela: