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19 September 2010

Music in the news - September 2010

Music in the news - September 2010

Topical links to Australian music-related items on the internet. [Updated 24 September]

Real cultural policy change comes down to Conroy - Ben Eltham at Crikey.com, 17 September 2010

'We have a new arts minister: Simon Crean. Few seem to be mourning the passing of the old one, Peter Garrett. He might have been the first Australian arts minister in history to have been a working musician, but that doesn't seem to have won him many friends in the sector. The silence from the arts community on his departure has been deafening...'

Where Australia Council funding goes - Marcus Westbury

'This graph is a breakdown of Australia Council arts funding last year by artform. Despite recent scare campaigns that have suggested that Australia was somehow in the throes of doing away with the "heritage arts" in favour of "new media" there doesn't appear to be much evidence of it...'

New themes needed for nation's orchestras - Marshall McGuire in The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 September 2010

'...One of the key things required to reach excellence in any field is to perform in a competitive environment, where other orchestras compete for audiences, talent, attention and money. Australia's orchestras are, in some cases, the only full-time musical company in their state or territory, lacking the aforementioned imperative to compete in so many areas...'

Artistic vibrancy - four essays/opinion articles on the Australia Council for the Arts website

By Marshall McGuire, Chris Mead, Richard Mills and Lee Christofis

Simon Crean gets cautious welcome as Arts Minister - The Sun Herald 14 September 2010

'...Crean admitted that the Prime Minister's offer to be Arts Minister had come as a surprise. His closeness to Julia Gillard augurs well for the portfolio. And his comments about being a fan of opera and ballet are a good sign for the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia, both of which welcomed his appointment....' See also Mark Bahnisch's article and related comments on Larvatus Prodeo group blog.

For too long we have fuelled arts debates with ignorance - Richard Gill in The Age 13 September 2010

'...It is a matter of regrettable fact that many of my colleagues in the heritage arts sector [...] believe that there is a divine pathway for all things relating to symphonic music, operatic music and chamber music that should just be protected because, in their heart of hearts, they truly do believe that they are superior to rock musicians or any other sort of musician who does not subscribe to their particular genre of music-making....'

Experience beyond Bliss - Michael Shmith in The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 September 2010

'Fine Australian music played a big part in this year's Edinburgh International Festival, which ended on Sunday.'

Critics expected but arts overhaul is a positive step - Mathew Clausen in The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 August 2010

'The recent decision to include arts in the national curriculum is a giant step forward for the arts and education...'

The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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