Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 15 March 2005) . . Page.. 1005 ..
Canberra Youth Music receives three-year funding of $365,000 to provide young Canberra musicians with opportunities to participate and learn about classical music. Music for Everyone receives three-year funding of $280,000. This organisation enables people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to participate in music making.
The government supports some other great innovative classical music activity. This year, the government is supporting the 11th Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Stopera’s chamber opera production of Jane Eyre, the Hayden Band’s two classical concerts, Canberra Choral Society’s choral concert and many others. This represents a government commitment of more than $195,000.
Additionally, the government is committed to music in schools. We fund the Australian National University to provide tuition to students at college and primary level. The government also supports the ANU in providing a program of music concerts and community access to the School of Music’s quality staff and facilities. This is a significant commitment to the community and is funded at more than $1.3 million a year.
In addition, the landmark funding from Barbara Blackman and the Commonwealth will have an everlasting impact on the quality and experience of classical music for Canberrans. It will ensure that some of our local music initiatives can be shared with new and growing audiences.
Don Aitkin, Pro Musica’s president, says that the Blackman gift to the International Chamber Music Festival will ensure that Canberra will quickly become a national centre for contemporary music in intimate settings. It will enable the festival to grow quickly into a truly national event—something I am sure we all hope for.
It is obvious that the classical and contemporary music scene has a special place in the lives of Canberrans. That is understood and appreciated by a most outstanding patron of the arts, Barbara Blackman, and the other substantial patron of the arts, this government.
Mr Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:
That leave of absence be given to Ms Gallagher (Minister for Education and Training) for this sitting.
Motion (by Mrs Dunne) agreed to.
That leave of absence be given to Mr Stefaniak for this sitting.
Paper and statement by minister
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the