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The Craft of Writing Musical Theatre – PART 1

Keyboard_ComputerThe development of new Musicals in Australia is in its infancy.  This is an indisputable fact, however egregious when compared against the lineage of development opportunities in America.  With real longitudinal commitment to this perennially diverse and popular theatrical Art form, the two main live and broadcast rights collection agencies (BMI and ASCAP respectively) in the USA have seen the tangible and significant benefits of their investment in supporting writers of ‘Broadway’ Musicals. Continue Reading →

The Future of Orchestras – PART 1

Proms AnnouncerThe endemic crises being faced by orchestras the world over, heightened by the well-publicised failure of several orchestras in the USA in recent times, has a corollary in the current problems that have beset our own Orchestra Victoria (OV).  For those of you not local to Melbourne, OV is primarily a service orchestra for our national Ballet and Opera companies.

To gain a brief, but erudite perspective on the general malaise of some of the world’s fine cultural music institutions, I suggest a quick read of the 2 July 2011 Issue of Classical Music (pp. 29-31) filed by New York journalist, Susan Elliott.  It is fascinating and excellently written, albeit dismal in its findings.

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“The Dramatists Guild Conference” June 9 – 11 Fairfax, VA

blog7 picAfter spending a few days back in New York last week for meetings, I travelled down to Washington D.C. on the Acela to find my way out to Fairfax, Virginia, to attend the inaugural Dramatists Guild Conference (www.dramatistguild.com).

DG promotes the idea that it is the only professional association that advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage.  In fairness, I think Opera America (www.operaamerica.org/) also does this: both organizations providing an invaluable service to theatre practitioners, albeit with different foci and priorities.

Particularly interesting was the session, ‘Collaborations in Musical Theatre’ with Continue Reading →