2005 Advocacy
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Friday, 11 November 2005 14:10

A Music Policy for Consideration by the Commonwealth Opposition Labor Party

November 11, 2005

The Commonwealth Shadow Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett MP, invited submissions to inform a new Labor Party arts policy. The Music Council of Australia made a fairly comprehensive submission, which summarises its current position on an array of issues concerning musical development in Australia.

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Thursday, 01 September 2005 14:12

The Proposed UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

September 1, 2005

The Music Council has made this submission to relevant Federal Ministers and their opposition counterparts, prior to a vote by the General Assembly of UNESCO in October 2005.

The Australian government has recognized the value of the arts to Australian society and has acknowledged that, especially in Australia’s demographic and geographic circumstances, government support through subsidy, regulation and tax concessions is necessary to sustain Australian creative resources.

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Thursday, 30 June 2005 14:17

Fair Use and Other Copyright Exceptions

June 30, 2005

The Commonwealth Attorney-General instigated a review, Fair Use and Other Copyright Exceptions, and invited submissions. The review resulted in part from the passage of the Australia United States Free Trade Agreement and the concomitant consideration of whether to introduce the US ‘Fair Use' regime for managing ‘exceptions' to copyright law to replace the Australian ‘Fair Dealing' system. The review also wished to consider a number of other matters including the proposal to introduce a blank media levy to reimburse copyright owners whose earnings had been damaged by illegal digital copying of their copyright property.

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Friday, 29 April 2005 14:16

The Introduction of Digital Radio Issues Paper

April 29, 2005

The Music Council of Australia made this submission to the Department of Communications Information Technology and the Arts concerning issues around the introduction of digital radio in Australia. The Department released an issues paper which placed heavy emphasis on a discussion of the possible technologies. The Music Council's submission noted that the technologies are but a means to an end, and should serve the main objectives which are social and cultural.

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Sunday, 17 April 2005 14:18

National Review of Music Education in Schools

April 17, 2005

This submission is made in the knowledge that an expert review team has been employed for an extended period in researching the practice of music education in Australia and abroad. It therefore has not been thought necessary to provide extensive references, although these are present where there is a possibility that new knowledge is being added. We would be happy to substantiate points made here, upon request of the review team.

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Friday, 11 March 2005 14:14

Review of 1% Cap on Licence Fees Paid to Copyright Owners for Playing of Sound Recordings on Radio

March 11, 2005

The royalty rate paid by the radio broadcast industry to record companies and recording artists in return for the right to broadcast the music recordings in which they hold copyright has been capped at 1% of revenues since the inception of the relevant Act in 1968. The cap was justified at the time by perceived special circumstances in the broadcasting industry, now unknown and most unlikely to apply. The rates paid overseas in comparable countries range from 1.75% to more than 4%. The rate paid in Australia for the right to broadcast musical works is 3.5%.

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Monday, 07 February 2005 14:19

Proposed Free Trade Agreement with ASEAN and New Zealand

Proposed Free Trade Agreement with Malaysia

February 7, 2005

The Music Council of Australia has taken a keen interest in the effects of globalisation and international trade on local culture, and has been actively involved in informing and advising government during trade negotiations under the WTO and with the USA.

The Free Trade Agreement with the USA has seriously curtailed the Australian Government's prerogative to support Australian culture by regulation especially as new media emerge and become more dominant, the government's freedom to act will be further circumscribed by the very weak reservation in the AUSFTA concerning ‘interactive media'.

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Tuesday, 01 February 2005 14:21

A New Era: The Orchestras Review 2005 Report

February 2005

This is a review called by the Commonwealth Minister for the Arts into the situation of the six concert orchestras formerly under the management of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, plus the two pit orchestras in Sydney and Melbourne serving the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia.

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Saturday, 01 January 2005 14:36

Australia Council Arts Catalyst

This is the title of the paper developed by the Australia Council to describe its intentions to restructure.. The Australia Council issued a press release in December 2004, announcing its plan to reorganise its operations. An analysis of the proposals was quickly prepared for the February Music Forum, at a time when the field had not yet responded (it being the beginning of the holiday period). Read this Article.

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