Something to Report After All: Classical Music Futures Summit

Turns out the Music Council of Australia have been hard at work facilitating participants of the Classical Music Futures Summit contributing to the final reports from the breakout discussion groups, a Steering Committee has been assembled, and the first meeting of this committee has already taken place. Which is a whole lot more than my nothing to report blog from a few days ago. I had nothing to report because my email address hadn’t been included somewhere along the way, so the loop didn’t have me in it. The wonderful @JohnofOz (that’s his twitter name, if you meet him at a concert he’s John Garran) had asked me if this was #justanothertalkfest, but it seems it was certainly not that, but rather #justanotheradminbungle. Since the steering committee have met just a few days ago I imagine there will be communications forthcoming in the next few weeks, and hopefully some interesting moves to create a better future for ‘classical’ music. One

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Classical Music Futures Summit: Quick Points

I spent today (July 12) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at an event importantly titled the Classical Music Futures Summit, having scored a lucky last-minute invitation to be part of the talkfest. So lately invited was I (somewhere between 6 and 2 weeks ago, depending on how you interpret the invitation) that the sheet listing the participants, explaining who they worked with/for, what they did/had done, along with their email addresses, didn’t include me. Which was fine – I’m very well-accustomed to people asking me who on earth I am. This was my first experience at an event run by a professional facilitator, and I’ve come away from the day with a sense of awe at the quick-witted skillfulness displayed throughout the event, quickly sifting ideas into themes, managing the time-ego tug-of-war, and working to deliver both forward momentum and a sense of ownership to the participants. Truly inspiring work. I’ve also come away from the day thrilled to

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