July 2011


The Therapeutic Power of Music

Gabrielle Giffords, the US congresswoman who suffered serious head injury in an assassination attempt, has effected a remarkable recovery in no small part to music therapy – a discipline which is moving mainstream as scientists discover more about how our mind works and how music helps develop brain power. Music can have a role in helping us recover from stroke or other brain injury and it can help patients with dementia.

Many community musicians understand their role as agents of individual and social change and are strong advocates for the power of music to effect that change. In this newsletter you’ll read about music therapists, Carolyn Hart and Jeanette Milford we invited to our conference in McLaren Vale to help us understand what we’re doing and why it works. But first…<read on...>


canberrawebMusic in Communities is Coming to Canberra!

9:30 - 4:30 Saturday 10 September. Ainslie Arts Centre, Canberra. $60 Members; $95* Non-members.

Register now to receive $10 early-bird discount!

Leading into the MCA’s Annual Assembly, the Music in Communities Network is bringing together all of our Canberra friends and members in a networking opportunity with national significance. Hear from an illustrious group of MiCN mentors on how to build and grow a successful community music group.

There will be ample opportunity for you to discuss your own group’s particular challenges and we ask you to bring along your brightest ideas and innovative practices to share. Recommendations could feed into the national agenda of the MCA!

“The quality of the speakers was excellent... The opportunity to meet and make links with others was brilliant” – Libby Druce, Project Officer, Youth, Mind Australia, McLaren Vale participant, June 2011



Sure of your Insurance?

As the new financial year kicks off, it is a good time to be thinking about your group's public liability insurance.


Community Music Classifieds

free-classifiedsThe Community Music Classifieds are an invaluable service offered by the Music Council of Australia. The classifieds go out every second Thursday to several hundred people who want to keep up-to-date with the national community music scene.


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A Deal from "The Biz" for MiCN Members

Running an effective community music organisation requires a huge range of skills above and beyond your strong artistic direction and musical abilities. General administration, accounting, legal and governance issues, event management, copyright, marketing ... the list goes on.

Many people call us asking for help in one or more of these areas and time and again we point people towards the excellent resource book ‘Music Business’ by Shane Simpson. The book tackles complex legal and administrative issues in an easy to understand and engaging style. An absolute must for anyone in the business of making music.


McLaren Vale, Music and the Mind

singinggalleryOn a beautifully bright winter’s morning the sun was working hard to produce next year’s vintage and to set the scene of our recent MiCN conference in McLaren Vale. Community music leaders from Adelaide and surrounds were brought together by MiCN in partnership with Community Music SA for a day of networking and brainstorming.