Arts Council England is launching new research into the diversity of the classical music sector and workforce.
An advisory group is seeking survey input from instrumentalists, teachers and other professionals on how to break down the barriers to change.
ACE's Director of Music Claire Mera-Nelson says the sector is making moves to address its lack of diversity but the overwhelming public perception is that "there are significant barriers to participation, and the pace of change is too slow".
"For the first time we will have the evidence needed to properly understand the challenges musicians from diverse backgrounds face, and our options for moving forward."
ACE's survey can be found here.