ABC Cuts. Implications for the music industry.

November 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

There’s a feeling of unease in the music community.

That cuts to the ABC will have far reaching consequences for the music industry.

WA music educator and performer Matt Styles, wrote the following on facebook:

While cuts to the ABC have been touted as corporate ‘fat -trimming’, the cost to the cultural landscape will be far bigger and more damaging. The Perth Classic FM executive producer (along with many other TV crew) was given a redundancy package yesterday. Will this position be filled by an itinerant ‘FIFO’ producer from the east? A national broadcaster is just that – national.

Australian Orchestral conductor Ben Northey, said in a facebook post that.

Today’s cuts to the ABC mean less live broadcasts on ABC Classic FM. Such a blow for lovers of music in regional areas who rely on these broadcasts, and for all those who are unable to attend concerts. Very disappointing decision which impacts on Australian culture.

It’s vital that kids have the opportunity to attend concerts AND hear them at no cost on the ABC. Out here in the west,

“Perth has joined a musical revolution born in South American slums that has improved child development and helped reduce school dropout rates and youth violence.” ~ From an article about WASO’s first steps into a wonderful music education programme, El Sistema, or The System. (From an article about WASO’s involvement with the music education programme, El Sistema, or The System.)

At at a recent WASO Education Chamber Orchestra concert in Kwinana, the kids were so excitedly engaged and absorbed it was almost like a footy match! Judging by their response, I think El Sistema is already paying dividends in Kwinana.

So how can these kids gain access our concerts if they can’t get there in person? WASO have an iinet website, where concerts can be watched live, or on demand. But surely this should be an adjunct to, rather than a substitute for, the ability to hear them on a free-to-air national broadcasting network.

Access to music, like sport, is essential for everyone. Reducing the ABC’s opportunities to broadcast concerts would only serve to diminish the quality of life for all Australians.

A truly educated mind has had music as part of its education. Every child in this country should have an opportunity to have a truly educated mind.”

~ Richard Gill

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§ One Response to ABC Cuts. Implications for the music industry.

  • Yvonne says:

    Also, for many orchestras, webstreaming activity depends on an audio feed taken from the ABC’s broadcast recording. So if the concert isn’t going live to air or being recorded for later broadcast there’s no feed to pick up. The result is very likely no webstream, or a webstream with much lower quality / less expertly captured audio.

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