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9 December 2008

The latest on ANAM

It's business as usual in 2009

The latest on ANAM

In a surprising twist to an already eventful story, the representatives of Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Commonwealth Government and the University of Melbourne have agreed that ANAM's activities continue as usual for the whole of 2009. Meanwhile, planning continues for a new program in line with the Commonwealth's reform agenda. The artistic director of ANAM, Brett Dean, has agreed to accept a new contract for 2009. Planning for the future will include a restructured, independent board for ANAM, as well as an independent artistic committee. Details of the 2009 program will be announced in February and a longer-term plan in July. ANAM will continue in its current location at the South Melbourne Town Hall.

The decision comes after a couple of months of uncertainty for the ANAM students and staff, following the Arts Minister Peter Garrett's announcement in October to discontinue Academy's funding beyond 2008. The initial announcement caused outrage among musicians in Australia and around the world, resulting in an open letter signed by more than 750 artists.

The new consensus between ANAM and the Commonwealth Government was reached after ANAM's representatives and students travelled to Canberra for a day of meetings and music making.

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As a national service organisation, the Australian Music Centre is dedicated to increasing the profile and sustainability of Australian composers and other creative artists. The AMC facilitates the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these artists through: composer and other creative artist representation and assistance; resonate – its online magazine; library and retail services; sheet music publishing; and the management, administration and publication of project-based initiatives. Its library collection holds over 30,000 items by more than 500 artists.


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