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Hi All

Please have a read. I felt strongly about what is happening to the arts funding in Australia, therefore, I am sending this out. I am not sure if this is the correct forum but I would like your help to sign the petition.

A brief background: Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is the elite school for music education in Melbourne. It has existed for a while and it has produced some of the most brilliant violinists in Australia.

If you like, you can sign their online petition www.anam.com.au.

Many thanks.



> The future of the Australian National Academy of Music is in your

> hands


> What's happening at the Academy?


> You might have heard in the media that the federal government has just

> announced that they will not be funding the Australian National

> Academy of

> Music in 2009. This has come as a considerable shock to the Academy's

> faculty, student and alumni body, and management. Minister Garrett has

> concerns that "the Academy may not be the most effective nor efficient

> model for the delivery of national programs supporting elite level

> classical music training", and has asked his Department to "investigate

> alternative options". The federal government has provided unchanged

> funding support to the Academy of around $2.5m over a number of years.



> What does this mean for the Academy?


> The federal government's funding provides the Academy with the means

> to

> provide a program for Australia's elite young musicians. Without it, the

> Academy would be unable to pay it's faculty; it's visiting national and

> international artists and it's staff, let alone run the operations

> necessary to provide Academy musicians with the challenges and spaces they

> need to develop their skills. Whilst various conservatoria and music

> faculties in universities offer terrific degrees in music performance, it

> is only at the Academy that musicians can immerse themselves intensively

> into training that will make them ready to tackle life as a professional

> musician. The Academy is the only institution in Australia that allows

> musicians unfettered access to their principal teachers, and the only

> place that brings together visiting artists from around Australia and

> overseas to spark their imaginations. This year alone pianist Emanuel Ax,

> the Julliard Quartet and tenor Steve Davislim provided a totally unique

> experience for Academy musicians.



> What's the long term picture?


> Without funding, the Academy cannot exist. The Academy is currently a

> significant feeder into the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the

> Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Queensland

> Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian

> Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra

> Victoria, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony,

> amongst others. In fact, Academy woodwind players currently occupy

> seven principal positions in Australian professional symphony

> orchestras around the country. So without an Academy, there will be no

> place for the most elite of Australia's top musicians to intensively

> prepare themselves for musical employment, and our orchestras and

> concert platforms will be all the poorer for it.



> What is the Academy doing about it?


> The Academy is continuing discussions with Minister Garrett with a

> hope to

> come to an agreement whereby the Academy can continue it's operations in

> 2009 and beyond. We're also garnering as much support as possible from our

> friends and supporters to demonstrate that the Academy is an important

> place for Australian musicians, and critical to the continued success of

> Australia's orchestras and cultural life.


> We have, however, had to put a hold on any planning for 2009. Until we

> have the funds to continue, we cannot make any plans. This means that

> all the applicants to the 2009 program, the current students, the

> teaching faculty and the management are rapidly considering a future

> without the Academy after 31 December 2008.



> How can I help?


> Show your support of the Academy! The more people who show their

> commitment to enriching Australia's cultural heritage, the better.


> You can send your thoughts to Minister Garrett: The Hon Peter Garrett

> AM

> MP

> Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

> Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600

> Tel: (02) 6277 7640 Fax: (02) 6273 6101

> http://www.alp.org.au/people/email/garrett_peter.php


> Or post your comments at

> http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/memfeedback.asp?id=HV4


> Please contact the Managing Director, Robert Clarke if you'd like to

> pledge your financial support on 03 9645 7911


> Don't forget to give your contact email address to the Academy so we

> can

> keep you updated on our progress.

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