News Updates

Singing for Sandy Hook

15 January 2013

The children of Newtown, Connecticut have teamed up with professional musicians to release a song in memory of the victims of a devastating school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.  Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson teamed up with students from the local community to sing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", recorded at the home studio of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club.

The song is available for purchase via iTunes and Amazon, with proceeds going to local charities.

Another YouTube clip covers the recording of the song.

Can we help Dunalley School?

10 January 2013

Following the devastating bushfires in Tasmania, and indeed across a number of parts of Australia, one school community is coming to terms with losing its school. Can we help them find some music resources for these kids?

Update: 23 January 2013

Hal Leonard has sent some music books down to Dunalley School. Thanks!

The school now has some music resources but can still use more instruments and choir music in particular. If you have anything to offer, please let us know.

New report: Orchestral sound levels

...and what can be done when it all gets too much

A Guide for Amateur Orchestra Players and Organisers

Martin Brown, clarinetist with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, prepared this paper covering many aspects of sound levels in orchestras and what can be done to manage these sound levels. Thanks to Martin for making this available to members of the Music in Communities Network.

Big News for Live Music in SA

29 November, 2012

An important development to support live music in South Australia was announced last night.  John Wardle, probably Australia's best known live music advocate and a tireless campaigner for legislative change in NSW, tell us all about it:

NSW Councils Excel in Arts & Culture

15 November 2012

Councils from across New South Wales were recognised in this year's Local Government Arts & Culture Awards, presented by the Local Government and Shires Associations.