Letter to Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

The small to medium art music sector is extremely concerned about the effects of cuts to programs within the Australia Council announced on 21 May 2015 as part of the 2015 budget. We recognise the Minister’s genuine love of music and the arts and would like to offer opportunities for him to get to know better the work of our members at a meeting.

The program cuts include artist residencies, fellowships and multi-year organisational funding commitments. The reduction in the amount of assistance available for the small to medium arts sector through the Australia Council will reduce drastically, the access of Australians to a stylistically varied array of art and musical works. 

It is this assistance received by musicians and organisations, which enables them to compete in an international marketplace against highly subsidised foreign ensembles, as well as to keep up with rising venue costs and efficiently cover relatively minimal administrative costs.

The New Music Network will continue to represent our members and the wider new music community in Australia to champion, promote, and advocate for adequate resources to support artists and ensembles in the field.

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New Music Network Mini Series (above)
Support emerging new music artists in our new Music Network Mini Series Events in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Newcastle and Melboure. TICKETS ONLINE HERE

The 17th Annual Peggy Glanville Hicks Address in 2015 is presented by one of Australia's pre-eminent conductors and internationally respected music educators, Richard Gill OAM, in both Sydney and Melbourne. MORE HERE

'Presenting New Music' Workshop Series. We are igniting discussion on the practical implications of presenting new music in Australia in 2015 with our successful NMN Workshops in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, featuring internationally renowned panelists and specialists. MORE HERE

NMN Concert Series: A Collaborative Program supporting over 12 new music network performances across the country. MORE HERE

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The New Music Network (NMN) promotional double CD features live and studio recordings from 27 NMN members. Some of the tracks are available on our MySpace page. This is the fourth edition of the biennial NMN CD and gives an insight into the exciting and creative presentation of new music in Australia. The CD features improvised works and new compositions - many of which have been created by the artists themselves. To find out how you can obtain a copy simply email