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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. 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 redesigned its Music in Australia Knowledge Base. The information is presented in a new structure which enables readers to find all the articles pertaining to particular sets of activities in music in Australia – for instance, various spheres of music education, the relationship between music and current issues of social concern, performance in particular musical genres, the business of music, government interventions, Australian music in its international context. A new program of addition of articles begins in the second week of August.

The Music Trust has instigated and funded a composition competition for young people, to compose a song in support of climate action. The competition is being managed by Green Music Australia.

The Trust is also supported the Symphony for Life Foundation, which runs an ‘El Sistema’ style program for mostly young immigrant children in the Wentworthville area in Western Sydney. The program is free to the children. They attend two afternoons a week in normal times, are loaned instruments, given instrumental training and form into two small symphony orchestras of around 30 members each. During COVID, they are being taught online with weekly individual lessons.

The Music Trust is organising the Freedman Music Fellowships, now in their twentieth year. You can see the report in the centre column.

The Trust’s monthly online magazine, Loudmouth, has just published its 50th edition! See the contents for August summarised in the right hand column.


Freedman Music Fellowships

Rajiv Jayaweera at Freedman Jazz 2013.
Photo by Keith Saunders

Reporting at the beginning of August 2020. Four finalists have been chosen for the Freedman Classical Fellowship 2020: violinist Grace Clifford, violinist Harry Ward, cellist James Morley and cellist Richard Narroway. This is one of the strongest fields ever for the Fellowship, now in its 20th year.
Normally the winner is chosen at a concert of finalists. That was scheduled to take place on August 1 in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House. But social distancing rules closed the entire facility and all other concert venues. Various alternative scenarios have been adopted and given up. At this point we believe we have a strategy that will enable the winner to be chosen at the end of August. Watch this space, Loudmouth magazine and the Freedman Fellowship Facebook page.
The Freedman Jazz Fellowship is expected to be awarded in October. The sixteen nominees have sent in their applications and the judges are about to begin listening to the recordings and reading the project proposals. Since it is expected that it will not be possible to present a concert of finalists in October, the plan is to produce videos of each of the finalists, use the videos as part of the assessment process and then stream them in an online concert.

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

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.

Music in Australia has been entirely redesigned. Navigation is very much clearer; you can easily see everything to be found on the Knowledge Base, organised into categories where everything available on each topic is laid out clearly. A program to add another 50 articles will begin in the second week of August, 2020.

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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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Here now, the Loudmouth e-zine for DECEMBER 2020. Here are some of the articles.



Letter of Recommendation: Radio Garden

John Jenkins short story Under His Hat

This Musical World. It’s moments like these

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN: Lachlan Skipworth

Contributors to the INSIDE THE MUSICIAN series

A Jingle Jangle Song. The Keyolin of Cor Fuhler, performed by Jon Rose

On ‘John Williams – Live in Vienna’

JOSTLE Opera Australia sacks artists then declares positions vacant / ABC TV Plus channel will include the arts / Bolstering the arts through the new normal / Warner Music Group doubles number of signings using AI driven A&R app / Coronavirus study in Germany offers hope for concertgoers / Music vs. Covid-19: the state of play in Asia, America and Oceania

Arts budget announcements from NSW and Victoria

List of winners, ARIA Awards, 2020


Musical training can improve attention and working memory in children – study

High levels of engagement in lockdown music teaching

Let it happen or make it happen? There’s more than one way to get in the zone

INTERNATIONAL INVITATION. Rethinking Policies for Music Education in a Post-Pandemic World

GIVE US THE DRUM. Free tutoring to support NSW school students / School wasn’t so great before COVID, either / Supports for social and emotional learning in American schools / Detrimental cuts to ANU School of Art & Design / Strengthening music in society

Music, oxytocin and human sociality

Is learning more important than well-being? Teachers told us how COVID highlighted ethical dilemmas at school

OPPORTUNITY, URGENT. Creative Workers in Schools


The 2020 Classical Fellowship has gone to cellist Richard Narroway, recently returned to Australian residence after 10 years in the USA.

The 2020 Jazz Fellowship has gone to bassist Helen Svoboda for great musicianship and a fantastically inventive project.

To open the DECEMBER LOUDMOUTH, highlight this URL, right click, and follow your nose.


Music and Book Reviews

THE BEST MUSIC REVIEWS page in Australia. Written mainly by musicians.



Confessions of a Lighthouse Keeper by Greg Appel

For Chris Mann. Editors Elaine R Barkin / Dorota Czerner

Musicians and Addiction. Research and Recovery Stories. Paul Saintilan, editor



Soft. Joe O’Connor, pianos/other

Mused Passing. Fred Cole, piano


The Little Green Road to Fairyland. Katie Noonan, quintet from Camerata


Transfigurations. Alex Raineri (piano)


The Makarrata Project. Midnight Oil


Diggin’ Bones. Phillip JohnstonThe Coolerators

Our Songs, Not Songs. Kristin Berardi,Sam Anning

The Sweetest Taboo. Katie Noonan

Treading Water. Avgenicos Brothers


Epilogue.  Zephyr Quartet, compositions/ performance

Lachlan Skipworth: Breath of Thunder; Avem Asperitas; Hymns in Reverie. Riley Lee, Taikoz, SSO, AYO, Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo


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