THE MUSIC OF PLACE: RECLAIMING A PRACTICE
‘How do you maintain live music in a culture that does not value it?’ asks Jon Rose, acclaimed improvising violinist and instrument maker. ‘The practice of music has lost its key functions and roles in society’, he writes. ‘The proof of this lies in the steep decline of monetary worth for both practitioner and the art form itself. Music's social worth is also questionable as it is steadily removed from the education curriculum. This is not a uniquely Australian phenomenon, nor is it confined to music practised on the fringes of society; it is a problem common to all music forms.’ Rose rejects blaming popular music and digital downloads, delves deeper and proposes a way to change the culture.
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IT'S CULTURE STUPID!
Reflections of an arts bureaucrat
In 2005 Leigh Tabrett was appointed to lead the Queensland Government’s arts agency and began a major program of funding reform. In a trenchant reassessment of these years she explores her own frustrations and reveals how the lack of clarity among decision makers about the core purposes of government funding has profoundly damaged the system.
‘A fundamental clash of cultures’, she concludes. ‘How can we have a national system of public
support for the arts in the absence of any clear sense of purpose?’ Her paper offers a powerful argument for a better way.
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What Price a Creative Economy?
Platform Paper Issue#
PUBLISHED JULY 2006
A creative economy is about much more than culture and the arts. It embraces the nation’s great writers, filmmakers and artists, but it's equally about the interaction designers who have contributed to the revolution in banking and finance, the technical writers who help make our export industry strong, and the legions of amateur bloggers and animators who are triggering the explosion of digital content. What sets creative industries apart in the economy is the fact that ‘creativity’ is their primary source of value, something that is increasingly recognised as important for growth in contemporary knowledge-based societies. It’s time to rethink the view that creativity is a cost to the economy and pursue instead the sector’s economic potential, making the creative industries the ‘sparkplugs’ of next-generation, post-industrial growth. What Price a Creative Economy? offers fresh reasons and evidence for renewing the case for public investment.
Professor Stuart Cunningham is Professor of Media and Communications, Queensland University of Technology, and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. He is a key figure in cultural policy studies and is well known for his contributions to media, communications and cultural studies and their relevance to industry practice and government policy.
Published with the support of the Keir Foundation