Music as Industry

Justin O'Connor
Thinking of music as a public good rather than as an industry can help us radically rethink how to approach music policy, how to support it. We would recognise the public value, the ‘communal luxury’ music provides to all of us.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Kate Moore: Lost in a world of thought

Kate Moore
Although the body is a vessel for sensing, seeing and hearing, the inside world is a well spring connected to a rich and complex underground river system that reaches an unfathomably deep ocean.

This Musical World. The othering of female composers

Mandy Stefanakis
Imagine if … The ‘othering’ of Australian female composers is soooo yesteryear.

Celebrating William Barton, recipient of the 2021 Australia Council Don Banks Music Award

Kirsty Rivers, Richard Letts and Janine Marshman
Indigenous musician William Barton received the Don Banks Music Award, the most prestigious given by the Australia Council for the Arts. Barton learnt the didgeridoo the traditional way from his uncle in outback Queensland. He is a virtuosic and original performer as well as a guitarist, singer and composer.

An ecological approach to musical skill acquisition and creative development

Philip Slater PhD
"'The Dark Pattern' is by far the most consistently sublime and intensely beautiful music I’ve ever heard", wrote reviewer Joe Cummins of Slater's recording. Here, Slater reveals the highly original process that has been his musical life's work over the last five years.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Emily Wurramara: Listen with your spirit

Emily Wurramara
Emily Wurramara is an Indigenous singer/songwriter. She sees her own success in the context of the rapidly increasing recognition of Australian Indigenous musicians.

The National Performing Arts Touring Scan

Merryn Carter
An overview of performing arts touring in Australia, including the effects of COVID so far, and into the future.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN: Michelle Leonard: Choirs under COVID and Moorambilla Magic Modules

Michelle Leonard and Lliane Clarke
A remarkable story of how one woman has each year brought together the children of a large, sparsely populated area of outback Australia with highly accomplished musicians from the city to develop and present a sophisticated performance of choral and instrumental music, taiko drumming and much more. This is entirely a community supported program.

Four Indigenous composers and a piano from colonial times — making passionate, layered, honest music together

Christopher Sainsbury and Scott Davie
Four Australian Indigenous composers participated in a project to compose music for a piano built in Alsace on the verge of European settlement in Australia.

Why the curriculum should be based on students’ readiness, not their age

Geoff Masters
It is sometimes claimed that it is “fair” to hold all students to the same age-based expectations. But fairness depends on recognising individual differences and meeting each student’s current learning needs.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Linsey Pollak: Improvising My Way through Life

Linsey Pollak
A wonderful story of a musical traveller - performer, composer, instrument-maker, multiculturalist, community trailblazer.

Why do Australian universities have an obsession with rankings?

John J. Howard
High rankings lift status and incomes, attract more international students. But our universities must prioritise creating talent. The importance of first-rate teaching, as one of the most effective forms of knowledge transfer, is often overlooked but is our most worthy calling.