Australian National Academy of Music

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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...
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