Multicultural Arts: Change Must Come from the Top
by Justin MacDonnell. Published in Music Forum magazine, Vol 18 Issue 4 (August 2012)
Despite official statements of support, Australia’s great wealth of multicultural artists and arts remains marginalised. Boxes are ticked but an enormous cultural opportunity has been passed over. Who has the will, imagination and position to make a change? Begin at the top, says Justin MacDonnell.
Is the Music Sector Getting Better Statistics?
By Hans Hoegh-Guldberg. Published in Music Forum magazine, Vol 18 Issue 4 (August 2012)
Hans is a Cultural Economist and Editor of the MCA Music in Australia Knowledge Base: www.musicinaustralia.org.au
Is the Music Sector Getting Better Statistics? The short answer is: Not nearly fast enough
Back in 2005, Dick Letts and I wrote a report for the Cultural Ministers’ Council setting out a plan for improving the statistical framework for the music sector. The response was friendly but competing priorities minimise the resources that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) can devote. Most recent improvements in the music database have come from non-ABS sources – the Australia Council, APRA|AMCOS, Live Performance Australia, and others.
Distinctively Aussie arts
Editorial by Dr. Richard Letts, Executive Director of the Music Council of Australia. Published in Music Forum magazine, Vol 18 Issue 4 (August 2012)
The people who reviewed the Australia Council, Australia’s national arts funding body, proposed a new statement of its purpose. It got us thinking.
The Future of Afghanistan: A Music School at the Forefront of Reconstruction
By William Harvey. Published in Music Forum magazine, Vol 18 Issue 4 (August 2012)
The red-hued music school sits at the intersection of a busy street and a small lane that has gotten less quiet as construction workers complete a drain project. Inside the campus, some students meet after school to play soccer on a broad dusty field as the trees rustle in the breeze and a few birds chirp. Other students hole up in a practice room to improve the fluidity of their Chopin.
Crashendo! - The Laverton El Sistema-based Music Project
In August 2008, Sistema Australia was established to create a music program to change the lives of Australian children and young people – particularly those within communities suffering from disadvantage and disassociation.