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12 March 2019

2019 Classical:NEXT Fellows: Simonette Turner & Belle Chen

Belle Chen Image: Belle Chen  

2019 Classical:NEXT Fellows have been announced. Simonette Turner and Belle Chen will attend the industry event in Rotterdam (15-18 May 2019), with the unique opportunity to network with other professionals from all over the world. Both Australian fellows will be assigned an experienced Classical:NEXT veteran as their mentor. The Fellowship program is facilitated by Classical:NEXT together with a number of international partners, and the Australian component is funded by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre.

UK-based Belle Chen is a pianist, sound artist and producer. In 2018, she was one of the artists showcasing at Classical:NEXT, and now she will have an opportunity to build on her existing networks. Belle Chen's mentor at Classical:NEXT will be Harriet Moss from the London-based Manners McDade Management & Agency.

Simonette Turner is an arts administrator and producer with experience working across different art forms, including in performing arts venues and the public sector. She currently works as Arts Practice Officer at Australia Council for the Arts. Her mentor will be David Pay from Music on Main in Vancouver.

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA and the AMC will be providing a platform to support Australian delegates at Classical:NEXT. Australians planning on registering are reminded to do so without delay. Please be in touch with Glenn at SOUNDS AUSTRALIA or John Davis at the Australian Music Centre to obtain the code to register under the umbrella of the Australian stand.

> See also: 'Register now for Jazzahead and Classical:NEXT 2019' (Resonate).

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Australians Ho!

Here is the question...

Expatriots already living overseas, thus clearly demonstrate that they have the opportunity to live away from 'home' and are thus already extending their networks overseas.  Why do these people having made the huge leap to leave our shores to live and work, require the funding, promotional support and mentoring provided by programs designed to promote Australian musicians internationally?

There is no doubt that moving overseas is a big life change which brings its own emotional challenges and professional stress, but also the benefits of significant networks and more influential places than is possible living 'down under'.

Further, the expenses of travelling to festivals and other gatherings and showcases is much less than is required of Australian residents to participate in these events.

Why is the meagre funding available to Australian musicians being given to those who are already overseas?

Home is where the art is

Hi C S au

Thanks for your comment.

The aussie musical diaspora is one of our greatest assets, and regardless of where Australian emerging artists or arts workers are in the world, they are deserving of all the support they can get to establish and develop their professional networks. We all benefit by their success, and that's why the AMC and APRA AMCOS support this modest little program. It's a small investment for potentially large returns.

Happy to clarify any other nuances of this program for you if you care to contact me via usual channels!