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John Davis

This is a stub entry only — it provides links to other resources by and about John Davis held in our catalogue.

Articles by and about John Davis

24 Aug 2007 Richard Meale at 75 by John Davis

Today marks the 75th birthday of Richard Meale. Such a milestone not only marks the passing of time, but also provides an opportunity to pause for reflection...

14 Apr 2008 Performing Australian Music Competition by John Davis

On Tuesday 8 April 2008 at Australia House in London a gala concert took place featuring the six talented finalists in the Performing Australian Music Competition (PAMC) 2008.

25 Jul 2008 Milestones and measures by John Davis

Significant milestones come and go, and sadly, whilst some attract attention, others pass by without a murmur. It may not be that the silence is caused by apathy. We all take note of those things that we might want to pay attention to, but, for many reasons, don’t get to appropriately acknowledge. The responsibility of marking these milestones in our community is something we all share.

1 Apr 2010 Thoughts on the ISCM 2010 World New Music Days in Sydney by John Davis

John Davis outlines some thoughts on the forthcoming ISCM festival in Sydney, and reviews the history of Australia’s participation in the ISCM.

1 Jul 2009 AGM brings changes to the Australian Music Centre board by John Davis

Some important changes to the Articles of Association were adopted at the Australian Music Centre's Annual General Meeting in May. These amendments are centred on the election and appointment of the members of the Board and were proposed after a review of the AMC's governance structure.

14 Sep 2010 ASQ National Composers' Forum: composer blog - Ross Carey by Ross Carey

The participants in the Australian String Quartet's National Composers Forum, which took place in Adelaide in August 2010, share their thoughts on the  experience.

30 Nov 2011 Funding cuts to AMC over 2012-2013 by John Davis

The Australian Music Centre’s Board has recently met to consider the Australia Council Music Board’s multi-year funding offer for AMC’s core activities in 2012-2013. The offer sees AMC’s funding for 2012 set at $375K, reducing to $325K for 2013. While the AMC continues to enjoy significant support from the Australia Council, the funding offer over the two years  represents a 30% reduction from 2011 levels.

26 Jun 2012 New album from Ros Bandt and Leah Barclay by Janine Marshman

Ros Bandt and Leah Barclay have released a new CD of collaborative electroacoustic and radiophonic work, Blue gold, launched on 31 May by the Australian Music Centre’s CEO, John Davis.

26 Jun 2013 In praise of shades of grey by John Davis

I am fortunate to experience many kinds of new musics, and engage with creators and practitioners in a diverse range of contexts, both in Australia and internationally. Through the work we do at the Australian Music Centre, promoting the work of Australian composers, through the AMC's role as the Australian Member Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), and in my role as the current President of the ISCM, I have a particular and privileged perspective on the new music landscape that few others have.

I stress, it is only one perspective, one perspective that is continually revising itself...

27 Feb 2014 The 40-year-old AMC goes all digital by John Davis

With the 40th birthday of the Australian Music Centre fast approaching, the AMC staff has recently embarked on a large-scale project to speed up digitising the Centre's collection of scores and other materials. The project received funding of $182,000 in the second half of 2013 from DEEWR (now the Federal Department of Education), enabling a significant increase in digital resources available through the AMC website.

With the ambitious target of 13,000 new digital objects, the project is now fully underway...

13 Aug 2015 2015 Art Music Awards: John Davis's speech by John Davis and Australian Music Centre

AMC's CEO John Davis's speech from the 2015 Art Music Awards ceremony at Sydney's City Recital Hall on 11 August 2015.

10 Sep 2014 2014 Art Music Awards - John Davis's speech by Australian Music Centre and John Davis

By popular demand, John Davis's speech from the Art Music Awards ceremony on 26 August, celebrating the achievements of the music community as well as those of the 40-year-old Australian Music Centre, and identifying some areas where there is much work to be done.

28 Nov 2014 Open letter to ABC management by John Davis

Open letter to:
Mark Scott, Managing Director ABC
Michael Mason, Director of Radio (Acting)
Richard Buckham, Manager Classic FM

I write on behalf of the constituents of the Australian Music Centre, our 630 Represented composers and sound artists, our 1,200 members, our 4,000 mailing list subscribers, and a larger constituency who use the AMC’s services, and includes audiences who support and engage with contemporary art music in this country.

20 Mar 2015 Penelope Thwaites - 40 years with Australian music by John Davis

London-based pianist, composer and Grainger scholar Penelope Thwaites spends her autumn in Australia, among other things sharing her experience and knowledge with ANAM's young musicians. Thwaites's career of four decades mirrors the 40-year history of the Australian Music Centre in many ways. AMC's CEO John Davis had a long chat with the as she was preparing to leave London and travel to Melbourne.

21 Apr 2015 AMC's Digitisation Project - facts and figures by John Davis

Funded through a grant from the Federal Government Department of Education and Training, the AMC's 2013-2015 digitisation project set a goal of completing the digitisation of a major part of the AMC's library collection of scores and audio, as well as the AMC's publications and photo archive.

The project target was to add 13,000 new digital objects to the AMC's existing digital collection. During the course of the project (in 2013-2015), 12,508 scores and sets of performance parts were scanned and digitised. Also included in the collection were 1,084 digital audio files, 508 digital images...

11 Mar 2021 Casting pebbles by John Davis

John Davis - AMC's one-time junior Sales Assistant, and, since 1995, our CEO - leaves the organisation on 15 March with the following parting words. The AMC staff takes this opportunity to publicly thank John from the bottom of our hearts for his always good-humoured leadership, his experienced guidance, mentorship and friendship. We wish him well on his new adventures, wherever he decides to go.

Works commissioned and written for John Davis

Pure by Cat Hope

How forests think by Liza Lim