Anam closure news items

October 27, 2008 § 2 Comments


The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) 30/11/08

Australian earns Grawemeyer music award

The Open Letter to Peter Garrett

Open letter includes Geoffrey Rush, Vladimir Ashkenazy et al 18/11/08

Media Releases



“The Minister is listening but not hard enough” 30/11/08

Michael Danby (Labor) “Once elite, now on the street” 24/11/08

Christine Milne (Greens) “Minister Garrett, don’t close the national academy of music”. 24/11/08

New funding for elite classical musical training 18/11/08

The Age

Wissam Boustany 28/11/08

From music theory to conspiracy theory 22/11/08

Teacher’s lesson in anguish as the music ends 19/11/08

New elite music body fails to calm storm 19/11/08

Michael Leunig’s cartoon 19/11/08

Alarm over Academy Spreads 18/11/08

Violin superstar weighs in on music academy 13/11/08

To be elite is not the same as being elitist – Editorial 3/11/08

Elite musicians need a training centre – Brett Dean

Orchestra chief calls for music academy rethink – Richard Tognetti

“Uni urged to cover musician shortfall” October 28, 2008

“We love elitism, but only in sport” October 27, 2008

“Canberra axes music academy funds” October 24, 2008.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Musicians’ demands fall on deaf ears 2/12/08

MPs push to change his tune 26/11/08

Fans pan Garrett’s cut to music 22/11/08

Garrett accused of reinvention 19/11/08

The Australian

Students play to preserve music academy 2/12/08

Lament for a noted absence 26/11/08

Students at ANAM not keen on new arrangement 26/11/08

The day the music stopped 20/11/08

New School to be truly national 19/11/08

Artists plead to keep academy 18/11/08

Academy denies ignoring order November 7th 2008

Performance that rings the changes – Review of ACO concert 6/11/08

Arts Odds-on long-term Letters 4th Nov 2008

Politics of Arts -Letters 03/11/08

Academy’s Sporting Chance Nov 1st 2008

Richard Tognetti orchestrates chorus against arts cuts October 30, 2008

“Academy, once a sweetener leaves a sour taste” October 29, 2008

“Cuts will hurt young careers” October 28, 2008

“Garrett hits bung note on funding”, October 27, 2008.

The West Australian

Holmes a Court angry as classical academy axed 22/11/08

Tognetti crescendo for Garrett’s act 18/11/08

New Music Institute is flexible – Garrett 18/11/08

Melbourne Herald Sun

Anger rising within ALP as Australian National Academy of Music closed 26/11/08

ABC Radio

“Protesters provide thinking music” The World Today 2/12/08

Radio National Breakfast 12/11/08

Interview with Brett Dean on Newsradio


Lateline “Garrett cuts music academy funding” 18/11/08

ABC Online News

Labor MP hits out at arts academy funding cuts 26/11/08

Greens question closure of music academy 24/11/08

Garrett refuses to reinstate music academy’s funding 18/11/08

Garrett stands firm on music academy funding

Stateline 31st October 2008

Talks on music academy funding cut 31st October 2008

ANAM axing a national disgrace – Letters online

“Music Academy to Close” Friday October 24 2008

Ring Cycle: opera buffs rebuffed


Steve Ciobo in the House of Reps 2/12/08

Nicholson animation on Garrett

Video about ANAM


Garrett kills music school 19/11/08

Other Blogs

“Stand by for the U-turn” Norman Lebrecht 1/12/08

Damn Fool Politicians (Communist party of Australia) 26/11/08

Music for the heart, mind and spirit;  too elitist for Australia?

“From Euphoria to the doldrums by Yvonne Frindle”. 16/11/08

Steven Ciobo – Shadow Minister for the Arts on ANAM’s closure

Podcast – “Garrett cuts music funding” interview with Michael Trauer

The Arts Need Some Good News for a change – The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Shadow Minister for Environment, Heritage, the Arts and Indigenous Affairs (to 22 September 2008)

Ben Clapton Violinist “on this day, SAVE ANAM

Plans to scrap ANAM (my open letter to Peter Garrett)

ACO Blog

Onstage Melbourne

Plans to scrap ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music)

October 26, 2008 § 6 Comments

This is my open letter to Minister Garrett and a reply from Lindsay Tanner regarding this issue. I will publish any correspondence I may receive from him.

October 26, 2008

The Honorable Peter Garrett AM, MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives, Parliament House
Canberra, ACT 2600

Dear Minister Garrett,

It is with shock and dismay that I hear of your plans to scrap the Australian National Academy of Music’s funding from 2009. This institution provides the cream of Australia’s young musicians with access to the best mentoring and “on the job training”.

Until the creation of this Academy, this type of post-graduate training could only be achieved by travel overseas, removing young musicians from all-important networks in Australia, not to mention creating extreme financial hardship for them.

Removing them from networks here causes them to “miss the boat” with important early professional engagements and other contacts within the slender opportunities that Australia has for people in this industry.

The publicly funded costs to train an Olympic athlete are astronomical
. A conservative estimate is that each gold medal at the Olympics over the past 20 years has cost the taxpayer around 40 million dollars. Apparently, it costs around 2.5 million to fund the entire Australian National Academy of Music for one year! Surely Australia’s young elite music talent deserves the best possible training in order to flourish in what is a fiercely competitive field.

I have been a supporter of ALP policies and philosophy for all of my adult life, and was thrilled at the ALP victory in last year’s Federal election. In this case I fear you are making a grave error of judgment and urge you to reconsider your position on this vital contributor to Australia’s cultural wealth.

I look forward to your considered response to this important question about the future of classical music in Australia.


Alex Millier
Principal Bass Clarinet
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Cc Stephen Smith Federal Member for Perth

Reply from Lindsay Tanner, Federal member for Melbourne and Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

Dear Alex

Thank you for your correspondence regarding the Australian National Academy
of Music (ANAM).

The Australian Government remains committed to the provision of elite-level
classical music training in Australia

It is the view of the Government however that ANAM can no longer be
considered the most effective or efficient means of delivering classical
music training which bridges the gap between tertiary studies and
professional practice.

Over a period of six months, the Government sought from ANAM an assurance
they would implement a number of critical reforms to improve governance and
operational arrangements.

Unfortunately ANAM were unable to satisfactorily address these concerns.

Therefore, the Government believes that the funding previously provided to
ANAM could be spent more effectively to deliver support for emerging
classical musicians.

On Friday 31 October, Arts Minister Peter Garrett met with a number of
representatives from the sector, including a delegation of ANAM students,
and reiterated the Government’s determination to provide ongoing funding for
our talented musicians.

The Government is now investigating possible models for the most effective
delivery of elite-level classical music training in Australia and expects to
announce an alternative shortly which will ensure continuity for students
and provide a stable, long-term program for music training.

Thank you for writing on this important matter.

Yours sincerely

Lindsay Tanner
Federal Member for Melbourne | Minister for Finance and Deregulation |
Canberra: (02) 6277 7400 | (02) 6267 4110 | | Parliament House CANBERRA ACT
Melbourne: (03) 9347 5000 | (03) 9347 1351 | 102 Victoria St CARLTON VIC

—–Original Message—–
From: Alex Millier []
Sent: Monday, 27 October 2008 5:21 PM
To: Tanner, Lindsay (MP)
Subject: ANAM cuts

Dear Lindsay

I sincerely hope these funding cuts to ANAM can be reversed.
As an ALP supporter I feel quite shocked to see an important organisation
like this go under.

Please reconsider the situation.

I have enclosed my letter to Minister Garrett for your consideration.

Kind regards

Alex Millier
Principal Bass Clarinet
WA Symphony Orchestra.

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