The Australian National Academy of Music
(ANAM) is a performance training institution for young musicians located in South Melbourne, Victoria
. It is a member of the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence. Its Artistic Director until June 2010 was the composer Brett Dean
; his brother, the clarinettist Paul Dean
was appointed as his successor.
Located at the South Melbourne Town Hall
, the academy offers a unique, year-long Advanced Performance Program for past-school-aged musicians who wish to further their performance training in an intense training experience, comparably similar to the Australian Institute of Sport
. The training is centred around Western Classical music
repertoire. The Academy is open to players of Strings, Woodwind, and Piano, and requires a very high level of performance for entry. Applications for entry are received early in second semester and auditions are held soon thereafter.
2008/09 funding crisis
On 23 October 2008, the Minister for the Arts
, Peter Garrett
, announced that ANAM would not receive any government funding in 2009, Robin Usher, The Age
, 24 October 2008 despite funding having been arranged initially in 1994 by the then Prime Minister
, Paul Keating
. Funding had been sustained since then, under both Labor and Liberal governments, until this announcement. A spokesman for Garret is reported to have said, "ANAM no... Read More