2013 Advocacy
Statement - Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into School Music Education PDF Print E-mail

Prepared by Chris Bowen

18 November 2013

The Victorian Parliament has released the final report for the Inquiry into Extent, Benefits and Potential of Music Education in Victorian Schools. The report was tabled in Parliament on 12 November 2013. You can access the report on the Victorian Parliament website. The report makes many positive recommendations for consideration by the Victorian State Government who have six months to respond. The key value of the report will be in new initiatives and programs implemented by the Government.

Read MCAs Statement on the report.

Trade in Services Agreement PDF Print E-mail

Prepared by Dr Richard Letts with Chris Bowen

29 August 2013

Australia is involved in international negotiations on a Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). Some 23 countries are participating in these discussions with an objective to achieve an agreement to feed back into broader multilateral trade negotiations. The intention is to open international markets to trade in services to foster economic improvements and growth. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has sought public input to assist in formulating Australia’s position and the MCA has provided a submission.

We advocate that in these discussions, as in any international trade negotiation, it is vital that we do not adopt a position that may adversely impact on a vibrant Australian cultural life. Indeed, we advocate that culture should be ‘off the table’ for such negotiations. This is the position taken in our Free Trade Agreement with Singapore and also in the recent negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Europe.

Read the full MCA submission on the Trade in Services Agreement

You can read more on this subject at DFAT’s website: http://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/negotiations/services/trade-in-services-agreement.html

Statement on School Music Education PDF Print E-mail

Prepared by Chris Bowen with Dr Richard Letts

16 August 2013

The MCA has issued a school music education statement for the 2013 Federal election. We make a case for music education as a powerful contributor to a vibrant, skilled and internationally engaged Australia. We propose achievable strategies to strengthen school music and provide more opportunities for more Australian students. We advocate that every Australian child should have this opportunity. We encourage the Australian Government to support strategies to increase the number of school music teachers, to develop the music skills of existing primary school teachers and student teachers, and to increase enrichment programs provided in schools.

Read the full MCA Statement on Music Education

Statement on Wireless Audio PDF Print E-mail

Prepared by Chris Bowen

9 August, 2013

There will soon be major changes to radio microphones and other wireless audio devices in Australia.  The MCA is concerned these changes could have an adverse impact on music makers, community organisations and schools. You can read our statement and register your concern by signing a petition to the Australian Senate or writing a letter.

Download MCA Statement: Impacts on the Music Sector of changes in legislation regarding use of Wireless
Audio Equipment

To lend your support you can:

- Sign the petition to the Australian Senate being organised by the Australian Wireless Audio Group
at: AWAG petition

- Or write to the respective Communications spokespeople:

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Coalition: Malcolm Turnbull
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All can be reached through Parliamentary mail at: PO Box 6022 Canberra ACT 2600

Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission

Prepared by Music Council of Australia

31 July, 2013

The MCA responded to a recent further discussion paper with proposals for changes to the Copyright act posed by the Commission.

The MCA again submits that the current provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) are generally adequate and appropriate in the digital environment. The MCA considers that far-reaching changes to the current Copyright Act should only be made on the basis of clear evidence that the contemplated changes will produce a net benefit to the Australian community.

The MCA advocates that retaining equitable remuneration for creators is vital, and the Commission’s proposed changes have not demonstrated the new system will retain the equity that currently exists.

Download the submission

You can also read the original 2012 MCA Submission to this enquiry in the 2012 papers section.

NAAE Statement On The Australian Curriculum: The Arts PDF Print E-mail

17 June, 2013

The Music Council is part of an alliance of organisations advocating for arts education in Australian schools, the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE). Today NAAE released a statement about the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, which includes a new music curriculum.

Download the statement (PDF)

The National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) warmly welcomes news that the ACARA Board has approved the new The Australian Curriculum: The Arts. We have strongly supported the development of the arts curriculum and its central principle of the entitlement of every young Australian to an arts education, one that includes all five artforms – dance, drama, media arts, music and the visual arts.

Proposed amendments to the Australia Council for the Arts Act PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Senate Committee, Parliament House, Canberra

Prepared by Chris Bowen
April 10, 2013

We support Government’s intention to modernise the Act to increase relevance, retention of key elements including arms-length principle and some proposed amendments. We register concern that the new Act omits support for community arts, national identity and freedom of expression; and peer assessment is less robust and without specific provision in the new Act.

School teacher subject area competencies PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Minister for Education, State of Victoria

Written by Dr Richard Letts
February 4, 2013

The Victorian government produced a paper, New directions for school leadership and the teaching profession. The Music Council missed to the opportunity for input into that paper.

An Inquiry into the Extent, Benefits and Potential of Music Education in Victorian Schools PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Education and Training Committee, Parliament House, Victoria

Prepared by Dr Richard Letts
February 12, 2013

The submission argues for the provision of a high quality school education in music for all Victorian children. It provides statistics that estimate that more than 80% of Victorian public primary school students receive no music education.