Page 280 - Week 01 - Thursday, 15 February 2018

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A number of new programs is being implemented under the new agreement: girls rock, which is for young girls to learn rock music; girls jazz for women and girls to learn jazz; community school of rock for any member of the community to develop their playing skills; my song, which is a mentorship program with Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal youth; and developing musicians, which is a non-audition program for years 7 to 12 students for music tuition and ensemble performances.

This will mean the new school of music’s programs will receive over $1.5 million over the next three years. It is an important way of artsACT continuing to develop its work. (Time expired.)

MR WALL: Minister, has this program subsumed the music engagement program and, if so, what has happened to the funding?

MR RAMSAY: The music engagement program for years 1 to 6 students and for teacher professional development was not successful in obtaining funding in the new agreement and the music for colleges program for years 11 and 12 students will be transitioned off funding after 2019 when current students complete their course. However, I do wish to note that Canberra students can still access the new developing musicians program, which is a non-audition program for years 7 to 12 students, for music tuition and ensemble performances, which is part of the new community outreach program.

Students are also able to access other government-funded programs including through music for Canberra at the Ainslie Arts Centre and the music engagement activities by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Canberra students are also able to access the government’s instrumental music program which is delivered in ACT schools. Many Canberra public schools have music programs for their students, such as the Lyneham High School.

There are a number of other local community music organisations that deliver music programs in schools, including Musica Viva ACT, and there is the provision of music programs for young people including by the Young Music Society.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, did you learn anything about the benefits of this program over the past 20 years that have been brought to the wider community and to the school students involved, and did your department do any assessment of the program before the funding was cut?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question. I refer her to the answer to the initial question, where I noted that the government sought independent advice from national peers on the new community outreach program, which is in line with the assessment processes for all arts funding activities.

National Multicultural Festival—preparations

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on preparations for this year’s National Multicultural Festival?

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