Making Music Being Well: 21-27 May 2012
Make music in May and be part of the national movement to promote music and its links with good health! Register to participate here and add your efforts to Making Music Being Well 2012. We had a look at what some groups have been doing in previous years, read more about it here.
At this year's Art Music Awards (presented by APRA and the Australian Music Centre at Sydney Opera House), Moorambilla Voices and Festival won the award for "Excellence in a Regional Area". They also won the most recent Music in Communities Awards! Read more.
The National Band Championships were held in Melbourne over the Easter Long Weekend. There's a great summary on the 4bars Rest website. Congratulatons to Gunnedah Shire Band who took out the National Title, and all of the other bands. Read more.
There's also a great ABC news item about bands at the National Championships taking it to the streets. Watch it here.
Those of you that are interested in the National Cultural Policy, which will be released soon, might be interested in yesterday's article in the Global Mail. Read more.
Last week we attended the Multicultural Arts Forum in Sydney. You can read the keynote address by Senator Kate Lundy, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, where she said "there is no greater means through which our diversity can be expressed and celebrated than our arts sector." Thanks to the Groundswell for organising the initiative and we look forward to more culturally diverse arts activity in NSW!
Recently we've added the Virgin Australia Music Industry Baggage Allowance to our list of benefits for Organisational Members. You can upgrade your baggage allowance to 35kg - great for travelling musicians! Read more.
We've had a bit of interest in membership of the network recently. If you have a community-based group or organisation that wants to get involved, click here for more information.
Survey for Orchestras
If you run an orchestra, particularly a community-based orchestra, please take 5-10 minutes to complete a short survey. Read more.