5 November 2008
Garrett to meet with ANAM people
ANAM's activities may not continue beyond 2008
[Latest update 07.11. - media link added. See also: follow-up news item on resonate 19 November]
The Federal Government's decision to not continue funding of the Australian National Academy of Music beyond 2008, has left the Academy in a situation where all planning for 2009 has been suspended, and the staff, students and guest lecturers are effectively preparing for a future without ANAM. The South Melbourne-based Academy was initiated in the early 1990s by the then prime minister, Paul Keating, to offer high-level training to young musicians aspiring to national and international careers. Federal funding of around $2.5 million per year has formed the bulk of the Academy's budget.
According to the Melbourne newspaper The Age (31 October), the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, has now agreed to a number of meetings to discuss ways to continue the training of elite young classical musicians in Melbourne next year, but not necessarily under ANAM. Garrett is intending to talk separately with ANAM's current artistic director Brett Dean, and ANAM's students as well as representatives of Melbourne University.
According to ANAM, the reason for the decision was the Government's concerns that ANAM 'may not be the most effective or efficient model for the delivery of national programs supporting elite level classical music training'. ANAM has initiated a support campaign on the Academy's website.
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