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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

New board for elite music program

Media release
18 February 2009
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A group of leading arts advocates and music educators have been appointed to the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Board to develop an enhanced training program that better meets the needs of the classical music sector.

Arts Minister Peter Garrett and University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis congratulated appointees to the new Board.

"This is an exciting time for ANAM as it puts in place an improved program that builds on its past achievements," Mr Garrett said.

"This new Board is responsible for working to provide elite music students with a national professional performance program that includes a broad range of instruments, and provides internships and mentoring opportunities with professional orchestras.

"Students will be able to access flexible training that equips them to perform a variety of orchestral roles. They can also undertake accredited and non-accredited training that is individually tailored to meet their needs.

"I am delighted that Ian McRae has agreed to Chair the Board. He brings a wealth of experience to ANAM and has the leadership skills to guide the organisation through this important period."

Mr McRae is currently Chair of the Australian Ballet School and a Director of Melbourne Recital Centre, Malthouse Theatre and Bangarra Dance Theatre. He has many years of experience on arts boards, including the Australia Council, Bell Shakespeare Company and the Victorian College of the Arts.

"I am excited about working with the Government, the University and the ANAM Board and staff to enhance the development of ANAM's training program and its essential relationships with the music sector across Australia," Mr McRae said.

Five Board members have been appointed and the remaining two vacancies will be nominated by the Board when it first convenes. ANAM is a subsidiary company of the University and is managed by an independent board.

Professor Davis said the new Board has a good mix of education, music and governance expertise.

"With the previously announced international advisory panel, ANAM now has a broad range of expertise at hand as it works towards providing the best possible training to equip our most talented classical musicians for careers as professional performing artists," Professor Davis said.

Other Board members include: Professor Warren Bebbington, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Relations) and former Dean of Music, University of Melbourne; Ms Penny Hutchinson, Director, Arts Victoria; Professor Barry Sheehan, Chair, University of Melbourne's 'New Music Conservatorium Steering Group'; and Mr Shane Simpson, Simpsons Solicitors and Chair of 'The Song Company'.

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