“Creativity without culture, culture without value. What happened?”
Browsing: Cultural Policy
“Australia’s leading cultural economist describes the rough ride of Australia’s arts and cultural policy over the last ten years, asks whether we need an official cultural policy, and offers an alternative.”
Artist/s: Australian Haydn Ensemble. Neal Peres Da Costa (soloist/fortepiano), Skye McIntosh (Artistic Director and violin), Matthew Greco (violin), Gabrielle Kancachian, James Eccles (violas), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Jacqueline Dossor (double bass), Melissa Farrow (flute)
Category: Classical, Cultural Policy
Label: ABC 481 6588. CD or online
Reviewed by Gordon Kerry
“A fine Australian ensemble takes a fresh look at two Beethoven concertos.”
“Although the emphasis here is of course on dance, the provocations could be applied to all independent artists: for example, ‘independent dance artists deserve to be funded in a more realistic and sustainable manner’ “
The story of Australia’s most famous urban ‘intervention’ that provides a different model and scale of state-cultural industry relationships. The literature on the ‘creative’ or ‘cultural’ city is now substantial, driven by scholarly interest in how artistic creativity becomes embedded…
Author: Scott Rankin
Category: Community Music, Cultural Policy, Social History
Sydney: Currency House, Platform Papers, No. 57, November 2018. 69pp.
Reviewed by Mandy Stefanakis
“‘Cultural Justice and the Right to Thrive’ is both riveting in content and just so beautifully written.”
Leigh Tabrett has made a thoughtful contribution to Platform Papers quarterly essay series. Tabrett’s It’s Culture, Stupid: Reflections of an Arts Bureaucrat identifies some serious funding and policy issues that challenge the Australian arts sector. Tabrett was at the helm…
As a “small, isolated, commodity dependent” trading nation, New Zealand is a difficult place to maintain a career in music. This was particularly the case during the 1990s when the country was undergoing some fairly strong “neo-liberal” reforms under the…
“Lack of transparency, unsuitable systems of governance and misguided notions of independence are at the heart of Dalton’s criticisms of the ABC and its recent failures in relation to screen content and policy.”
Author: Ashleigh Wilson
Category: Cultural Policy
Carlton (Australia): MUP (Melbourne University Press) 2019, 99pp.
ISBN: 9780522875256 (ebook available)
Reviewed by Elaine Lewis
‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever.’ Isn’t it?
“Bona fide subject matter expert Justin Macdonnell provides a lively survey of the longstanding performing arts market model, and asks if it is still fit for purpose.”
Policy research has an important place in popular music studies in the twenty-first century, and this book provides a timely overview of popular music policy in three national contexts (Australia, Scotland New Zealand).
“Lindy Hume examines the start of the arts in the regions and offers some suggestions for greater give and take between the bush and the city.”
Author: Huib Schippers and Catherine Grant
Category: Cultural Policy, Ethnomusicology, Music Business
New York: Oxford University Press, 2016, 392 pages.
Reviewed by Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg
“The project explores the notion of musical sustainability through nine different, international case studies of musical ecosystems.The study is very timely and necessary. Tools for recording and evidencing sustainable practices have an important role to play in assessing the vitality of traditions, whilst identifying areas where support is needed.”
Platform Papers are scholarly quarterly essays produced by Currency House Inc., a Sydney-based non-profit organisation, formed in 2001, which seeks to raise the level of public discourse about issues facing the arts today (see www. currencyhouse.org.au). In this, Paper Number…
“A leading Vice-Chancellor explains why the future of our university sector could be derailed by its past.”
Since the late 1990s, ‘the creative industries’ has been the primary conceptual engine in thinking and policy about arts and culture in western societies. This book provides a thorough account of the term’s development, from the original blueprint of the…
This book is part of the Currency House’s Platform Papers, an ‘informed quarterly essay series seeking new directions’ in performance and media arts and associated arts industry practices. Jon Rose (b. 1951) is a composer, sound artist, improviser, violinist and…
Author: Edited by Brydie-Leigh Bartleet and Lee Higgins
Category: Community Music, Cultural Policy, Music Education
New York: Oxford University Press, 2018, 768pp.
ISBN 9780190219505 (cloth, alk. paper)
Reviewed by Mandy Stefanakis
“Community music is thriving globally, both practically and, increasingly, as an area of scholarship. This wonderful reference brings together many of those at the forefront of both with insight and enlightenment.”
“This special issue of the world of music on musical sustainability, guest edited by Bendrups and Schippers, offers some unique perspectives on what sustainability might mean in a diversity of musical contexts.”
“Some stimulating talking points for a conversation about value in culture.”