The Music Trust's Knowledge Base combines two big tasks:
*To complete the analysis of the present status of all music in Australia — culturally, socially, economically and politically. Music faces formidable competition from numerous other activities, especially in the economic and political areas. What's more, the globally open music market makes it subject to huge threats and opportunities.
*Since 2014, the Knowledge Base has developed four scenarios to 2035 ranging from "best" to "worst" case — the chart shows a very wide range with no certainty of what can happen if no action is taken. Uncertainty starts at the global level. International politics and economics follow unpredictable directions, affecting individual countries and their respective economic and cultural sectors.
The first of fourteen scenario papers outlines the vision and also contains a list of the subsequent papers (paper #15 is in the pipeline). The four scenarios, with numerical forecasts for each, will be published as a Music Trust e-book in mid-2016. This will provide a means for corrective planning to secure the best possible solution for all activities, including the music sector — how to promote the best and shun the abysmal. The project is a world first for any artform.
Complex Adaptive Systems (see middle column of this page) is a basic part of this research. Again, applying it to an artform is a world first.
The scenario papers form the category "Scenarios for the Future", which is found by clicking on Browsing on the menu bar above, then on All Categories.
Reflection should make anyone realise that culture is literally beyond valuation. One can put an economic value on traded goods and services and perhaps estimate other services derived from our great and indispensable cultural and ecological assets and ecosystems, but much remains out of reach. This is important for our music sector scenarios. Much ecological and cultural damage is beyond measurement. Learn more...
This is not news but our "money pig" keeps an essential issue open. Funding has been declining for several years now and institutional funding arrangements are under threat. We can hope that positive changes will happen under the Turnbull government but not too much is visible yet. Learn more...
Full list here .... Selected summaries below.
According to OECD benchmarks, AUSTRALIA LAGS OTHER NATIONS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE, due above all to insufficient government funding.
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT MANIPULATION OF ARTS SUBSIDIES records changes made in the allocation of arts subsidies especially those previously diverted from management by the Australia Council to direct control by the Arts Minister
New South Wales Regional Conservatoriums: responding to school communities and state education policy offers key information about the 17 conservatoriums, unique in Australia.
ETHNOMUSICOLOGY IN AUSTRALIA describes how and where the discipline is conducted and some of its more notable achievements.
PROMOTING DIVERSITY OF CULTURAL EXPRESSION IN THE ARTS IN AUSTRALIA is an official report on Australia’s implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, in the form of a set of case studies.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE CREATIVE SECTOR: INCHING TOWARDS A MORE DEMOCRATIC CULTURE briefly summarises observations and proposals from leading thinkers on inclusion and representation of culturally diverse artists and arts practices within the creative sector in Sydney.
NATIONAL OPERA REVIEW: 1. THE DISCUSSION PAPER provides a great deal of information about the operations of the four companies covered by the Review – facts, descriptions, issues, statistics, possible ways forward. These were then available to those making submissions and to the Review Panel for its own deliberations about forward strategies.
The NATIONAL OPERA REVIEW: 2. SUBMISSION BY THE MUSIC TRUST presents an alternative view of the situation of opera and a set of priorities to address problems in repertoire, artists, and audience development among other things.
The NATIONAL OPERA REVIEW: FINAL REPORT of the Review Panel picks up from the Discussion Paper and make 118 recommendations for action by government.
NATIONAL OPERA REVIEW: 4. MUSIC TRUST RESPONSE TO THE FINAL REPORT is the fourth paper in the series. If commends aspects of the Final Report but claims that it errs in making its main investment in strengthening the status quo instead of taking opera into the future.
NATIONAL OPERA REVIEW. 5. GOVERNMENT RESPONSE. The government indicates its intentions with respect to the 118 recommendations of the Review.
NATIONAL OPERA REVIEW: COMMENTARY ON THE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE. The Review made recommendations and the government indicated what it would do about them. The article assesses these commitments and non-commitments.
SWOT ANALYSIS: ETHNOMUSICOLOGY defines the disciplines, describes its achievements in Australia and some of the problems it faces.
The AUSTRALIAN MUSIC PUBLISHERS’ REPORT gives basic information about the Australian industry.
NAPLAN 2017: RESULTS HAVE LARGELY FLAT-LINED, AND PATTERNS OF INEQUALITY CONTINUE is an update of the outcomes. Our concern is that the tool of measurement is in a sense becoming the curriculum and in many schools is causing closure of arts programs.
AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VAULT, A NEW MUSEUM OF POPULAR MUSIC has opened in Melbourne and displays artefacts connected with successful Australian popular musicians.
The SWOT ANALYSIS OF FOLK MUSIC looks at a complex situation that arises from its varying roles as participatory music or music for consumption, its array of cultural affiliations and sources and much more.
In HOW FOLK MUSIC WENT FROM DAGGY TO COOL, the author traces the evolution of folk music and its changing role from 18C Europe to present-day Australia and the west.
2017 WAS A GREAT YEAR FOR AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL THEATRE because of the large number of Australian musicals written and taken on stage. They are listed in the article.
Simon Crean was Commonwealth Minister for the Arts and in 2011, called for submissions to a national cultural policy. This paper is a set of proposals for the music sector but also covers important general issues. Such a comprehensive formulation is rare if not unique. Despite much digital disruption, most of the proposal still has relevance. Crean’s policy will be revived if Labor is returned to power in 2018.
The Music Trust’s monthly ezine has music news, articles, reviews, goss from Australia and all over the world. CLICK for current edition.
CLASSICAL. David Stanhope's world-first digital realisation of forgotten symphonies - like bringing back the cylathine // Cello Swoon - delirious compilation // Tedeschi and Benedict, vla & pno with Schumann's 'fantastick' style.
NEW MUSIC. Cutetudes - imaginative piano for kids // Roger Smalley's works for electronics, percussion and piano.
IMPROVISATION. Lawrence Pike's immersive solo percussion.
JAZZ. Steve Barry's new direction in solo piano // James Muller Live at Wizard Tone.
CONTEMPORARY. Missy Higgins Solastalgia // Courtney Barnett plus a great band: Tell Me How You Really Feel.
MUSICAL THEATRE. Witches - Dallimore, Durack, Harrison and Rix.
BOOKS. Girls at the Piano - evocative memoir // David Throsby - 10 years of rough riding with government and the arts.
You can read this month’s reviews at the link below and also all the reviews ever published on the site – now over 500. Search by title, artist, genre, reviewer. Go to Loudmouth Reviews
While you are there, if you click on the “Loudmouth” logo at top left, you will open the rest of the month’s ezine.
The Music Trust’s Music in Australia Knowledge Base is the principal source on Australian music sector facts, figures and issues. It covers the entire music sector including the music industry, music education, and music in the community. This superior source constantly takes new steps to understand the future — including the milestone 2014-16 scenario planning project.
The Knowledge Base content is prepared by authoritative writers, contributing their work freely. Readers are invited to comment, contribute or suggest new content. Guidelines for Contributors allows your personal style to fit in. Please contact us with original material or changes to existing articles.
See the full-size Tree of Knowledge. Despite its rapid development many gaps remain. Do have a look - we need help to fill the gaps!