ACT Shadow Minister for Arts Vicki Dunne
Libs Back School Of Music
Victor P Taffa
The Canberra Liberals will today call on the Legislative Assembly to show its support for the ANU School of Music, which is facing savage budget cuts.
ACT Shadow Arts Minister Vicki Dunne, who is proposing the motion, said the School of Music is a world-class institution which should be supported by local leaders.
“Today I’ll call on the Assembly to express its support for the School of Music, its reputation established under its current staffing and course structure, and its contribution to the local, national and international music industries.” Mrs. Dunne said.
“The school’s programs and staff are turning out excellent quality graduates, many of whom have since built international careers as performing and recording artists as well as teachers, mentors and ambassadors for Canberra.”
“Just last week in the Assembly, in recognising International Jazz Day, I acknowledged the significant contribution made by the jazz department of the School of Music to the music life of our community.” Mrs. Dunne said.
“I echo the broader community’s concerns about these cuts, given the doubt it casts over the school’s public concerts programs, open days and other community events.”
“The Canberra Symphony Orchestra, too, may find itself short of players in the future. Even the School’s involvement in the Territory’s primary and secondary schools has an uncertain future.”
“A decision by the ANU to gut the School of Music must surely be taken in the context of its broader implications. The ANU needs to assure the community about these matters. My motion will go some way to achieving that outcome.” Mrs. Dunne said.