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Sunday essay: the loss of music

A saxophone player busks in New York: as technology transforms their industry, quite a lot of musicians are leaving the field In New York City, a classical saxophone player I know was asked to play some live music for an event at a large, successful store that sells computers, phones, and other electronic equipment. The event was a product...

‘No reason for livin’: early death in female popular musicians

In her 2005 memoir Pleasure and Pain: My Life,singer Chrissie Amphlett reflected on the “the dreadful scenes, the despair and remorse, the damage I did to my mind and body, and to others' minds and bodies” during her time with the influential 1980s rock band, The Divinyls. “Not that I’m apologising for a thing,” said the recovering alcoholic and...

Understanding the NDIS: how does the scheme view music therapy?

It is challenging to work out how the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) works. As an an allied health professional who is also the Head of Music Therapy, I attempt to anticipate and influence policy changes, conduct research that challenges and tests new directions and teach how music therapy practice needs to evolve in response. Music therapy is...

Time is running out to reduce your tax bill and help Support Act

Time is running out to reduce your tax bill through a charitable donation to Support Act: click here to do so now We wrote to you recently to ask if you can donate to our winter appeal. If this email has crossed with your donation, please accept our gratitude for your support. It really does make a huge difference. You know all of the people...

APRA AMCOS: Australians call for government investment in local music

The Toorak Times fully supports the Australian Arts community in its broadest sense. We believe a thriving and healthy Arts culture reflects a healthy and vibrant country. Music in it's broadest form is a particular form of the Arts we are heavily involved in and so when APRA/AMCOS developed a comprehensive survey on the investment in Australian music, and...

FIXING A HOLE — JOBS ’N’ GROWTH FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

“How do you get a musician off your property?” “Pay him for the pizza.” This is no joke in Australia, 2016. Even the Greens want to throw a lifeline to musicians on Struggle Street. Labor wants to throw much-needed money at the Yarts, some of which might even flow on to a lucky few in the local music industry. At LNP headquarters,...

Music in the House 2016: Just ten tickets left!

Tickets to this year's Music in the House have been selling fast. If you have your ticket, but know of friends or colleagues who want to attend they will need to be quick! We have only ten seats remaining: snap them up now! On Wednesday May 18 Andrew Denton will present Support Act's Excellence in Community Award to one of Australia's greatest musical legends, Paul Kelly at an exclusive lunch...

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