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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. LOUDMOUTH takes you to the current edition of the Trust's monthly ezine.

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What The Music Trust is doing

The Music Trust has assembled an Editorial Board to plan the strategies and operations of the Music in Australia Knowledge Base. A new structure for the information has been designed and shortly, technical work to achieve easier navigation will be completed.

In a new project, some 30 SWOT analyses of various sectors of the Australian musical world have been commissioned and by mid-October, the first ten of these will be published.

Hans Hoegh-Guldberg, our former editor, sadly passed on, had as his last project 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


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.

In April, this project was announced through Loudmouth. The intention is to engage famous contemporary music songwriters and performers to write and market songs that engage the public, corporations and governments in issues around climate change and, to be blunt, the survival of the species. Loudmouth will be the best place to keep up with the activities.

Freedman Music Fellowships

Rajiv Jayaweera at Freedman Jazz 2013.
Photo by Keith Saunders

The Freedman Classical Fellowship for 2017 is bassoonist Matthew Kneale from Melbourne. He was selected by judges Elaine Chia, CEO of City Recital Hall, Dr Stephen Mould, Senior Lecturer in Conducting and Opera Studies at Sydney Conservatorium, and Kirsten Williams, Associate Concertmaster of Sydney Symphony, at a concert hosted by ABC Classic FM on September 9.. Matthew's ambition is to be ambassador for the bassoon, commissioning new works, performing internationally and raising its profile as a solo instrument.

The finalists for the Jazz Fellowship include for the first time a majority of female players. The finalists are Nick Garbett, trumpet player and member of The Vampires among others, Ellen Kirkwood, trumpet and lead and composer for the Sirens big band, and Emma Grace Stephenson, pianist, who for the moment is specialising in performing with vocalists. The winner will be chosen at a concert at the Studio of the Sydney Opera House on October 30. It will be recorded and later broadcast by ABC Jazz.

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 OCTOBER 2017:
Four fabulous profiles. Elliott Gyger: a deep description of how this composer decides his task. Belinda Webster: the beloved founder of Tall Poppies label tells why she does what she does. Luke O’Shea, country singer, on “Sing You Up”, his cry of outrage against CSG destruction. Peter Kennard and Equus, how this fabulous world music group goes up and beyond. THEN busking in Melbourne. Atomic Count Basie, peacemaker. Getting serious about fostering cultural development in cities. The Climate Songs Project and news from the climate. Symphony for Life starts a youth orchestra from scratch with disadvantaged kids.
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The best CD REVIEWS page in Australia. CONTEMPORARY  Ben Salter goes deeper; Polymorphic Orkestra; The Belligerents’ doozy first. CLASSICAL ABO plays the Romantics; Bach for viol and hpscd – Anderson/Vaughan. NEW MUSIC Mountains accompanied by Tognetti/ACO; Kunda/McCallion songs with guitar; SydCon’s ‘exuberant’ wind symphony; John Rutter’s choral comprehension. JAZZ Andrew Garton’s Abbreviations Orchestra does Bernie McGann; Nick Haywood/Hopkins/Schauble tight trio. WORLD On the Stoop ‘bends rules with raucous abandon’; Senegambian Jazz Band. BOOKS Awakening of cultural forces in the bush. How far could intelligent machines take us?
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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:


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