EQUALITY POLICY

CHESTERFIELD PHILHARMONIC CHOIR HAS A COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL AND SEEKS TO ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION BY RECOGNISING THE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL.

Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir is a voluntary music making organisation open to all ages. It is a non profit making organisation and a registered charity. The object of the society shall be to promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of the art and science of choral music in all aspects by the presentation of public concerts and recitals. The society may have the following classes of membership: Singing, Non-Singing, Life, Honorary and Friends. Members may hold more than one class of membership at the same time.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the choir is the study and practice of music in order to maintain a high standard of singing performance; to give members and audiences at concerts enjoyment of a broad range and, where possible, creative approach to music.

Policy aims
The choir aims to create an open and friendly atmosphere where there is mutual respect and where no individual feels isolated or uncomfortable participating in its activities. This applies to members of the society, performing guests and potential audience.

The Policy
The purpose of the policy is to ensure that any participation of activities shall be open to all persons. No individual shall be refused on the grounds of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, race, religious beliefs or financial standing. 
The Equality Policy Statement
Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir whilst recognising that the primary responsibility for the eradication of discrimination and promotion of equality lies beyond its control, it is the responsibility of all members of the society to promote equality and avoid unlawful discrimination.

Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir seeks, to the best it is able, to eliminate discrimination and promote positive relationships and understanding between all persons participating in its activities. Harassment will not be tolerated and neither behaviour nor language will be offensive.

Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir will endeavour to ensure the policy will apply to all persons who have contact with the society both within the membership, including the Committee and all external organisations, including guest performers and potential audience.

Objectives

1) The membership shall be given the opportunity to ensure the Committee be made up of a fair and balanced representation.

2) Publicity material shall present appropriate and positive messages to promote widening participation.

3) Assistance to be tailored to each individual, where required, to facilitate participation in weekly rehearsals, including financial and physical help.

4) Assistance to be tailored to each individual, where required, to facilitate participation in concerts, choral days and other social activities, to both performers and audience.

Signed on behalf of the choir

___________________________________ Date: _________________
Chairman

Implementation date: October 2008
Review date: September 2010 
Reviewed: 21September 2010

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