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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.

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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Australian Honours, Australia Day 2016

Introduction OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION Compiler Introduction Recipients of Honours for contributions to music ”Congratulations from The Music Trust to the following recipients and our gratitude

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Australian Honours: Queen’s Birthday List, 2015

Introduction The Music Trust congratulates all who received recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Australian Honours for 2015. We congratulate especially those who contributed to Australia’s music and musical life. Below is a list of musicians, those who have supported music

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Opera in Australia as a Complex Adaptive System

Introduction Evolutionary Agents in the World of Opera Opera companies The major forces within the ecologies of the evolutionary agents and how they must adapt to them The professional opera companies The smaller opera companies The major opera companies’ relationship

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Creative Musicianship and Psychological Growth

Please click below to read Dick Letts’s doctoral thesis, written in 1971 but characterised by at least one prominent academic as “transformational” even in a 21st century context!This is the second Music Trust e-book, following closely upon Dick’s “The Arts

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The Arts on the Edge of Chaos

Please click on each of the sections below to gain access to the text (Contents, Acknowledgements, Introduction, and each numbered chapter 1 to 9). If the text is too small on the screen it can be adjusted to 100% or

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The artist whistleblowers

Making them wrong so we can be rightPost by Dick Letts, March 24th, 2014 Some artists have blown the whistle. A goodly part of the arts world, seeing the possibility of loss of funds, is busy saying they are wrong.

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Australian Classical Chamber Music Ensembles

Introduction Current List of Ensembles Statistics (separate paper) The information in these lists has been analysed and the results shown in Australian Classical Chamber Music Data. Author Richard Letts. Initial list published 18 September 2015. Latest update (total 77 ensembles),

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Orchestras: the Australian map

Professional orchestras Full-Time Orchestras Part Time Professional Orchestras Casual Orchestras “Pro-Am” Orchestras Orchestras that Specialise in New Music Community Orchestras Youth Orchestras School Orchestras Education of Orchestral Players Other Associations and Organisations Recording and Broadcasting Author References Professional orchestras Full-Time

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Music: Universal Language? Between All Nations?

Background Author References Background When he gave this keynote address in 1996, Richard Letts was Chair of the Music Council of Australia, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Music Council. After completing a PhD in Music

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Australian Classical Musicians Successful Abroad at a High Level

Introduction Main List Early Career Artists Famous Deceased Author References Introduction Thanks go to the following people for their suggestions: Prof. Margaret Barrett, Kirsten Barry, Benjamin Bayl, Jane Becktel, Nicola Bell, Paul Bentley-Angell, Lissy Clarke, John Davis, Luke Dollman, Andrew

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ABC Classic FM as a Dynamic Force in Art Music

Brief summary and contents page only. Full paper posted on Music Trust website. Brief Summary ABC Radio once planned for the future. It created and managed six concert orchestras, several choirs, and commissioned and performed works by Australian composers. It

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Music Sector Structure for Scenarios

Progress to Date A Dual Purpose Moving on from Global Scenarios Summary of General Scenario Stories A Common Basis for the Music Scenarios Towards the Final Objective Summary of Findings to This Stage Culture Culture and the Music Sector Cultural

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The Whole of Government Approach

Annotated List of Relevant Ministries and Departments Ageing Attorney-General Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Defence Education/Employment and Workplace Relations/Social Inclusion Environment, Heritage and the Arts Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Finance and Deregulation Foreign Affairs Health and

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Private Funding of Music

Private Funding of Music Private funding comes to music in two ways: as a straight donation, which may be deductible from the taxable income of the donor if the recipient is registered with the Commonwealth Department of the Arts as

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Review of the Australian Curriculum. Response to Final Report

Introduction The Review Reports of the ‘Subject Specialists’: Dr John Vallance The Second Subject Matter Specialist, Ms Michele Chigwidden Conclusion Recommendations Links Authors References Introduction This review of course covers the entirety of the curriculum and some of the circumstances

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