ANCA NSW/ACT Roundtable of Instrumental, Vocal and Music Education OrganisationsWed Sep 23 2020
RIVMEO PROGRESS REPORT
Yesterday I was pleased to represent ANCA NSW members in the RIVMEO working group with NSW Health and am delighted to share some good news. Please see the update below from RIVMEO facilitator, Stephen O'Doherty.
Dr Naomi Cooper
President ANCA NSW & ACT Chapter
11 September, 2020
TAKE OUR SURVEY AND HELP GET US PLAYING, SINGING AND LEARNING MUSIC AGAIN
RIVMEO is undertaking the biggest data collection yet on the impact of COVID on the music sector.
ANCA is a proud member of RIVMEO, the Roundtable of Instrumental, Vocal and Music Education Music Organisations. We helped form RIVMEO to lift the sector’s voice to government, school authorities and others.
We want to get NSW singing, playing and learning music together again, and we need your help.
We’ve put together a comprehensive survey asking how you have been affected by the current restrictions. Has it affected your income? Has it affected your health and wellbeing?
RIVMEO is meeting with the NSW government soon to discuss ways we can return to music, and your participation in this survey will directly feed into our advocacy.
We need to hear for the widest range of ensemble musicians possible, whether instrumentalists, vocalists, music educators or students.
This is the first survey to gather data from players and conductors alike, professional and community musicians, students of all ages, across all regions.
We need to hear from conductors, directors, and tutors, whether self-employed or in a full-time position.
We need to hear from choir, band and orchestra members. Large ensembles and small. How has this period affected you?
While our particular focus is NSW, we also have made provision for people in all states to take part. Our survey design allows us to separate out data from different states and we will be happy to share the results with colleagues everywhere.
Your data will not be used in a way that can identify individuals. We are looking for trends and the bigger our dataset the better.
Taking this survey is a tangible step you can take towards easing the restrictions.
Take the survey and add your voice. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RIVMEO
7 September, 2020
Recently we told you that ANCA NSW has helped in the formation of RIVMEO – a Roundtable representing the huge NSW music community. Today I'm delighted to share some good news about the progress RIVMEO is making.
The Roundtable includes organisations in the band, vocal and orchestral communities, music educators and their students, school and tertiary music education, major arts institutions and instrument repairers. It represents the biggest coalition of the music sector ever assembled in NSW and encompasses metropolitan and regional areas.
The main aim of the Roundtable is to work collaboratively with each other and the government to find a way that we can all return to singing, playing and learning music together, safely.
There’s positive news. We have secured a meeting with the NSW Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, and Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant.
As well as representing the concerns of so many people about the effect of the current guidelines and restrictions on music, we will be exploring ways that we, as a music community, can play our part in the great public health challenge facing us all, while also returning to the musical activities that sustain the wellbeing of so many people of all ages in NSW.
The Roundtable is very grateful to have this opportunity, especially given the unimaginable load carried by these public officials in this pandemic.
The voice of our music community is being heard. We understand that the importance of music to community health and wellbeing is well understood and taken seriously in government circles.
Some professional arts companies and venues have been able to gain accreditation for COVID plans, and the Roundtable is drawing on their expertise.
Some community bands have also been able to resume within the guidelines. These are hopeful signs.
However, the lack of uniform application across different regions and local government areas is among the many issues on RIVMEO’s agenda.
The task in front of us is not to be underestimated, but we must believe there is a pathway to a better future.
Roundtable of Instrumental, Vocal and Music Education Organisations members and participants:
• Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums (ANSWRC)
• Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA NSW)
• Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB NSW)
• Australian National Association of Teacher of Singing (ANATS NSW)
• Australian National Choral Association (ANCA NSW)
• Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival (ASBOF)
• Australian Society for Music Education (ASME NSW)
• Band Association of NSW (BANSW)
• Gondwana Choirs
• Kodály NSW
• Moorambilla Voices
• Musica Viva Australia
• National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians
• Orff NSW
• Pipe Bands NSW
• Sweet Adelines Australia
• Sydney Conservatorium of Music
• Sydney Symphony Orchestra
• Sydney Youth Orchestras
Dr Naomi Cooper
President ANCA NSW & ACT Chapter
1 September, 2020
Inaugurated this week, the Roundtable of Instrumental, Vocal and Music Education Organisations (RIVMEO) has its first objective to get NSW playing, singing and learning together, safely.
The Roundtable is an unprecedented and substantial collaboration, representing tens of thousands of performers, teachers, conductors, and students in all corners of the state.
ANCA NSW has joined with the others to form the Roundtable, believing it will add strength and weight to the advocacy we and others are already doing on your behalf.
As a member of RIVMEO, ANCA NSW is glad to be a significant contributor to this important work.
Recent decisions around the practice and performance of music in school, community and church settings have had deep and devastating effects throughout NSW.
With the playing, singing and learning of music in NSW substantially on hold, the combined effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community is potentially profound.
The pandemic will be with us for some time. What we most need is an effective plan, based on authoritative research, to continue playing, singing and learning music as safely as possible.
The Roundtable is seeking to work collaboratively with the relevant authorities in NSW to develop evidence-based best practice models suitable to mitigate the risks associated with musical activities such as choirs and bands.
Roundtable working groups are currently
- Planning a survey of the music community to gauge the effects of recent policy decisions,
- Undertaking a review of relevant, authoritative research in the field
- Collating and evaluating current risk management plans for instrumental and vocal music
- Reaching out to relevant authorities in health and education (government and non-government).
The work of the Roundtable will build on and add weight to the work already done by its member organisations including ANCA NSW.
The Roundtable is auspiced by ABODA and BANSW. Its facilitator is Stephen O’Doherty, a member of ABODA and a former NSW MP.
Addressing this issue is both urgent and important, and we will continue to keep you up to date with developments.
In a year of firsts, the formation of the Roundtable is itself a very significant development. Our hope is that the spirit of collaboration that has brought together such a broad coalition of interests will remain well into a post-COVID future, serving music in NSW well into the future.
Members of Roundtable of Instrumental, Vocal and Music Education Organisations
- Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA NSW)
- Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB NSW)
- Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS NSW)
- Australian National Choral Association (ANCA NSW & ACT Chapter)
- Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival (ASBOF)
- Australian Society for Music Education (ASME NSW)
- Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums (ANSWRC)
- Band Association of NSW (BANSW)
- Gondwana Choirs
- Kodály NSW
- Moorambilla Voices
- Orff NSW
- Sweet Adelines Australia (represented by ANCA)
- Sydney Symphony Orchestra
- Sydney Youth Orchestras
- The Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Dr Naomi Cooper
President ANCA NSW & ACT Chapter
‘New Choral Composition Prize accepting entries’
Bel a cappella’s inaugural Prize takes Australian music travelling
Sydney chamber choir Bel a cappella will mark Music Director Anthony Pasquill’s 10 year anniversary with the choir with a tour to Russia and the Baltic in 2021. In early April they launched an initiative linked to the tour that promises to showcase new Australian music to the world.
The Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize will award 3 Australian composers $1500 each for original a cappella choral works for up to 8 voice parts.
Each of the 3 winning works will have its world premiere in one of the cities in the 2021 tour (to be chosen by the awarded composer), including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallin and Riga. Their Australian premiere will be at the next concert Bel performs upon their return to Australia.
Pasquill believes that Australian choral music certainly has the capacity to match the depth and breadth of that being composed and performed in the traditional choral music countries of northern Europe and this Prize will give him and Bel a cappella the opportunity to demonstrate that.
Choir president Bruce Watson says, "When we launched our fundraising campaign for this Prize we were excited about creating an opportunity to bring new Australian choral music to the world. Now we also know we'll be supporting some local composers through this terrible time when so much work for musicians has vanished."
Bel a cappella believes their Choral Composition Prize will make a big difference to composers in this difficult time for the Arts across the globe, providing both a sense of creative purpose and significant prize money to the three awarded composers.
Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize
ELIGIBILITY: The Prize is open to any individual who is a permanent resident of Australia or Australian citizen. There is no age limit.
PRIZE PERIOD OPENS: April 1, 2020
PRIZE PERIOD CLOSES: June 30, 2020
A panel of jurors will review entries and award the 3 Prizes on July 31, 2020
Information/ Web: https://belacappella.org.au/composition-prize
Contact: Pepe Newton | Publicity Officer | email@example.com | m 0412 548 703
See the attached flyer for more information.