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Richard Letts

Richard Letts

Dr Richard Letts AM is the founder and Director of The Music Trust, founder and former Executive Director of the Music Council of Australia (now Music Australia) and Past President of the International Music Council. He has held senior positions in music and culture in Australia and the United States, advocated for music and music education, conducted research, written policy documents, edited four periodicals, published four books and hundreds of articles.

Australian Honours List, Australia Day 2020

In recognition of a special contribution to the national well-being, Australian Honours are awarded to Australian citizens selected by the office of the Governor General. Following are the awards made on Australia Day 2020 for contributions to music, with a few also of those awarded more broadly in the arts.

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Freedman Classical and Jazz Fellows Report

These fellowships, run by the Music Trust, have become among Australia’s most prestigious. The winners spend their prize money on special projects and afterward report what happened. You can read the reports.

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David Pledger’s cultural revolution

George Brandis’s most remarkable achievement as Arts Minister was to unite virtually the entire arts sector in support of the Australia Council – and in condemnation of his diversion of a large portion of its funding to his own direct

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A Comprehensive National Policy for Music

A NATIONAL CULTURAL POLICY A DEFINITION OF ‘CULTURE’ IS NECESSARY AN ETHICAL BASIS IN HUMAN AND CULTURAL RIGHTS THE ENABLING ROLE OF GOVERNMENT WITH REGARD TO CULTURE DISCUSSION PAPER PRIORITIES ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE General discussion ‘Excellence’ in arts policy FOSTER ARTISTIC

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SWOT Analysis of Classical Music – 2017

INTRODUCTION CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN CLASSICAL MUSIC BASIC FACTS SWOT ANALYSIS TERTIARY AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION IN CLASSICAL MUSIC BASIC FACTS SWOT ANALYSIS COMPOSITION BASIC FACTS SWOT ANALYSIS PERFORMANCE BASIC FACTS SWOT ANALYSIS RECORDING BASIC FACTS SWOT ANALYSIS MEDIA BASIC FACTS SWOT

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National Opera Review: propping up the 19C

Article 1 The National Opera Review has reported. If, as they say, Ministers only set up reviews to produce the recommendations they want, George Brandis is probably well enough satisfied. Brandis established this review in 2014 when he was still

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HIGHER EDUCATION BASE FUNDING REVIEW: RESPONSE TO ITS REPORT

Enduring Principles Principle 1 Principle 2 Principle 6 Principle 7 Principle 9 Principle 10 Principle 11 Principle 12 Principle 13 Base funding should meet costs of delivering programs Creative arts are underfunded Recommendation 4: Address areas of underfunding Adjust relativities

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Opera is history. It needs to be now.

The decline in opera audiences is severe, long term and potentially disastrous. The audience for mainstage opera halved for four major Australian opera companies from 2009 to 2013 – Opera Australia and the state operas of WA, SA and Qld.

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A Creative Industries Strategy for Victoria

The Daniel Andrews government has just received a 40-page interim report from a “Taskforce” it set up in April charged with consulting with the “creative industries” (formerly known as “the arts”) to help develop Victoria’s first creative industries strategy, scheduled

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Applying the Theory of Complex Adaptive Systems to Arts Planning

Introduction Formulating Government Arts Practice The Music Trust Proposals to the National Opera Review Music Education in Australian Public Primary Schools Music Education in Australian Conservatoria Author Introduction The theory of the evolution of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) can illuminate

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