Our Diverse & Inclusive Community

The Cleveland Institute of Music believes a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment leads to excellence in educating musicians and accomplishing the CIM mission and vision. CIM commits to developing and sustaining diversity, equity and inclusion in its recruitment, retention and programming practices and policies for students, employees and trustees. Through individual and institution-level engagement, CIM fosters a culture that respects diversity across the broad human spectrum, and establishes a climate of inclusion and equity for its community.

CIM is dedicated to enforcing this mission and supporting the development and implementation of programs that reflect our community's diversity.

Diversity Initiatives at CIM:

  • Establishing CIM’s Musical Pathway Fellowship (MPF), which provides concentrated pre-college opportunities for aspiring young Cleveland-area African American and Latinx classical musicians.
  • A student-formed Black Student Union, whose purpose is to foster and encourage meaningful dialogue and fellowship among students, faculty and staff.
  • Partnering with the Sphinx Organization⁠—a Detroit-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of young African American and Latinx classical musicians and leaders⁠—and providing accommodations and assistance for their Sphinx Virtuosi, Sphinx Performance Academy and Sphinx Lead program.
  • Collaborating with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program (TDP), Nashville Symphony Orchestra's Accelerando Program, the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists’ Initiative, and many others whose generation-long commitment to training African American and Latinx classical music students is recognized as a national model of excellence.