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The Music Trust was founded in October 2013. Its mission is stated in the banner. Key information can be found under ABOUT on the menu bar.

Check out the menu bar. MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA is a deep information source. EDUCATION is primarily about advocacy for school music and includes important research about its benefits. FREEDMAN is for the prestigious Freedman Music Fellowships. PROJECTS is a changing list of special activities.

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What The Music Trust is doing

Earlier this year, the long-time editor of the Knowledge Base, Hans Hoegh-Guldberg, died. Hans contributed a vast amount to the Knowledge Base as editor, writer and generally the moving force.

Hans's last big project was the formulation of a set of scenarios for the future of music in
Australia and the world. Papers on the Knowledge Base take the reader through the process to its conclusions. Go to BROWSING > CATEGORIES > SCENARIOS FOR THE FUTURE.

New papers on the Knowledge Base are announced in the centre column of

Also on the Knowledge Base recently: Donald Trump's election shows importance of arts and humanities. Policy to not give Australian conservatoriums enough money. Revealing analysis of NAPLAN.


The Advisory Council has agreed to cause nominations for Australian Honours. Not enough high level awards go to music people. TMT will not be able to announce nominations and probably it won’t publicise its part in achieving any awards. Nominations have been made twice a year beginning in 2014.

STATE OF MUSIC EDUCATION IN TRAINING PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS The Music Trust is seeking funding to upgrade and expand the 2009 study which showed that on average teachers received only 17 hours of mandatory music education as preparation for teaching music for 7 years. We believe things have got worse. The Trust is leading this initiative on behalf of the National Advocates for Arts Education.

This review, initiative by Senator George Brandis when he was Federal Minister for the Arts, in late September 2015 issued a discussion paper and invited comment. The Music Trust submitted a detailed paper making a number of revolutionary proposals. The review has now reported. The Trust has commented in the November and December editions of Loudmouth (see right hand column). The Trust's initial submission can be found under LIST OF PROJECTS, see menu bar.

Freedman Music Fellowships

Rajiv Jayaweera at Freedman Jazz 2013.
Photo by Keith Saunders

The Freedman Music Fellowships for 2016 have been decided. The winner of the Jazz Fellowship is Melbourne drummer James McLean, and the Classical Fellowship has gone to violist Stefanie Farrands, principal of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

The jazz decision was made at the annual Freedman Jazz concert at the Studio of Sydney Opera House on August 1. ABC Jazz collaborated generously by recording, videoing, broadcasting and uploading the performances. It also offers as part of the prize a studio recording. The other two finalists were pianists Joseph O'Connor and Luke Sweeting.

For the first time, the classical Fellow was also finally decided at a concert - hosted y Classic FM at the ABC's Eugene Goossens Hall at ABC HQ in Sydney on September 17 and broadcast nationally. The finalists, in addition to Stefanie, were percussionist Kaylie Melville and pianist Alex Raineri. Most of the works performed were of our time and one was a world premiere!

Thanks as always to funding from the Freedman Foundation, without which the Fellowships are not possible.

The winners’ lists since inception in 2001 read like a Who’s Who of younger jazz and classical musicians.

Freedman Music Fellowship information

Music in Australia Knowledge Base

The only knowledge base in the world that deals systematically with the music of an entire country. Facts in words and numbers about music in Australia – and discussions of key issues facing various areas of musical activity. See more.

Primary School Music Education

There is a lot of thought and research behind school music education advocacy.

ARGUMENT FOR SPECIALIST MUSIC TEACHERS. Primary school music education in many states is in crisis. Teachers are not educated to teach music and in the majority of schools in most states, there is not a classroom music program. After decades of neglect, The Music Trust believes that the only – and best – solution is the introduction into every classroom of a specialist music teacher. Read the reasoning here.
There is a new reassessment of the advocacy arguments. Look under EDUCATION > ADVOCACY ARGUMENTS.

RESEARCH SUMMARY. There is abundant research in music education showing that its benefits extend well beyond learning music skills to improvements in IQ, academic outcomes,confidence, empathy, social skills and more. Read a quick summary of these research outcomes here.

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In the Loudmouth e-zine for DECEMBER, 2016:
Another view of the ARIAs. Startling music of Joe Chindamo and Zoe Black. Opera Australia to give its money to Victorian Opera? James McLean: Going Solo. SA Industry Council propositions the government. ABC petition. Europe manages its music. STEM? – music’s always been STEM. Exposure to professional performance doesn’t turn kids into adult ticket buyers: making music does. Research: both men and women are creative – but differently. Read Loudmouth at

The best CD review page in Australia. JAZZ. Tal Cohen, Freedman winner, + Jamie Oehlers. Ben Gurton. CLASSICAL: Australian nostalgia – women composers. NEW MUSIC. Electronic nostalgia – Fairlight CMI. Brisbane’s Australian Voices. Mirko LP1, electronic. CONTEMPORARY. Birds of Tokyo. IMPROVISATION. Mike Majkowski. MULTICULTURAL. Miriam Lieberman, African kora. Sally Maer, Celtic cello. BOOK. Story of Maton guitars.

Music and Book Reviews

Here are all the reviews of Australian musicians, composers and books ever published by The Music Trust - over 400, searchable by artist, genres, author, and reviewer, added to each month. Go to:


Dick's Blog

"[Dick for now has transferred his blog-writing to Loudmouth ezine. However, for now, these older blogs are left here in case they may be if interest.]
Slow strangulation for the Australia Council? At budget time, the Arts Minister henceforth will have to split funds between the Council over which he has limited control and his own Ministry, where he has total control. Which will he favour? [Turns out Brandis was sacked and the new bloke hasn't really made up his mind.]" Continue reading...

How we will rule the world #2: Take principles upon which most artists agree. How do they fit the hot issues of the day? Enter the fray.

How we will rule the world #1: a strategy for arts advocacy. There has never been a more urgent need. Some new concepts

Singing for the Germans: Australian classical musicians succeeding abroad. Links with a list of 350+ (revised number).

Radio for the 1890s: a reconception of the purpose and program of ABC Classic FM

To be good or to be famous? Thoughts on "A Culturally Ambitious Nation", the new Australia Council Strategic Plan.

Rhythm Is It!
Art teaches ordinary German teenagers some deep truths about life

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