The National Music Festival unequivocally and fervently affirms that Black Lives Matter.
We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the unacceptably long list of lives lost before them.
We believe that amplifying diverse voices is the path toward a better understanding of our shared humanity.
We stand in solidarity with Black Americans and all allies against systemic racism and white supremacy.
We pledge to do all we can to support Black concert musicians.
(Special thanks to the Kent Cultural Alliance and American Shakespeare Center for inspiring this statement.)