Date, Time & Location
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
7:30 am - 9:30 am
NAB House
Level 15, 255 George Street,
Sydney, NSW, 2000

About the Event: NSW - Thought Leadership in Arts Funding - the Creative Music Fund

Presented in partnership with the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group (SAMAG), this presentation explores thought leadership in Arts funding through the story of a ‘new’ fundraising model: the Creative Music Fund.

Established by Janne Ryan in 2010, the Creative Music Fund represents new ways of thinking about the who, how and why of funding the Arts. Realising that the traditional mix of government + philanthropy wasn’t responding to broader social trends of collective deliberation and creativity, the Creative Music Fund brings new voices to the decision making and politics of making and funding culture.

Taking a project by project approach and matching arts organisations and artists to specific groups of funders (with a low barrier of entry of $1000) the Creative Music Fund has now supported the development and performance of highly successful projects: Dance Rites with the Sydney Opera House; Seven Stories with Ensemble Offspring and City Recital Hall; The Reef and Qinoth with the Australia Chamber Orchestra; and, Patyegarang with Bangarra. Their first commission, Golden Kitsch (composer Elena Kats Chernin and percussionist Claire Edwards) for the Sydney Youth Orchestra was recently performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Myer Music Bowl to an audience of 12,000. The conversations and relationships that have emerged from the Creative Music Fund brand have shifted ideas about who can participate in funding and making culture. In doing so it provides a useful response to current questions about who is responsible for funding the Arts in Australia.

Join Creative Music Fund founder Janne Ryan and Ensemble Offspring leader, acclaimed percussionist, Claire Edwardes in conversation with SAMAG Committee member, Fraser Corfield to explore the nuts and bolts of this unique response to the problem of funding the Arts.

Janne Ryan
Founder and Leader
Creative Music Fund

Janne Ryan is an ideas curator, founder, and angel investor working across innovation, design and architecture, and start-up philanthropy projects. Her focus is turning ideas in action. She has worked for the ABC, Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Remix Sydney, and was Founding Executive Producer and Curator, TEDxSydney, a start-up experience that changed her world. Janne is the Founder, Creative Music Fund, currently in partnership with the Sydney Opera House on Dance Rites, a major national cultural project.
Claire Edwardes
Artistic Director
Ensemble Offspring

Claire Edwardes is an internationally acclaimed percussion soloist, chamber musician and artistic director of Sydney based innovative new music group, Ensemble Offspring. She has been described by the press as a ‘sorceress of percussion’ and is well known for her powerhouse style of playing and inimitable stage presence. Claire is the only Australian musician to win the 'APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual' three times (2016, 2012, 2007), was the recipient of a recent Australia Council and a Freedman Fellowship and the winner of numerous European (resident there for seven years)instrumental and percussion competitions as well as 1999 Australian Young Performer of the Year. Recently appearing as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Myer Music Bowl and on Play School to an audience of thousands of children, Claire is passionate about percussion and new sounds being widely disseminated.
Fraser Corfield
Artistic Director

Fraser is the Artistic Director of ATYP. He has been the Artistic Director of Backbone Youth Arts (Qld, 2005-2008) and Riverland Youth Theatre (SA, 2001-2003) and the Associate Director of La Boite Theatre (1997-2000), Queensland’s second largest professional theatre company.

As an Artistic Director Fraser has been a passionate advocate for new work, commissioning and producing over twenty new plays and productions. Highlights include Australia’s first major opera composed for young people, Dirty Apple (Backbone Youth Arts/Opera Queensland/Queensland Music Festival) the new Australian musical Paradise (Backbone Youth Arts, published by Playlab Press) and AWGIE award winning I Said a Word by Stephen House (Riverland Youth Theatre). He has directed over thirty productions for professional, independent and youth theatre companies around Australia. For ATYP he has directed The Laramie Project, Rio Saki and Other Falling Debris, Desiree Din and the Red Forest, Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs, and The Tender Age.

Fraser has sat on advisory bodies at all levels of the industry including as a peer assessor for Arts Queensland (2009 -), the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts (2008–2011), Company Associate of Queensland Theatre Company (2006–2008), a board member for Young People in the Arts Australia (2007–2009), Chair of the selection committee for the Youth Arts Mentoring Program (YAMP) (2006–2008), a board member of Metro Arts (2005–2008) and part of the selection panel for Queensland’s theatre industry awards. He was one of seven Australians selected for the ‘Next Generation’ international collaboration which ran from the 2008 to the 2011 ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festivals.
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Member $38
Staff of Organisational Member $44
Non-Member $50
Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group Member$38

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