Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

New Zealand

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

New Zealand

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Our annual conference began at Massey University Library in Wellington on Thursday 6 November 2009 with sessions ranging across the School Music Curriculum, copyright issues, Toscanini, a short diversion into Baroque dance, and back to a New Zealand perspective on early music publishing and jazz education.

On the second day we moved to Wellington Cathedral for a session about music therapy training, the AGM, and then visits to hear the bells at Old St Paul's, and find out about the history and current practise of bell ringing. We finished with a visit to the Radio NZ premises.

A lot of the discussion at the AGM was about our journal Crescendo which continues to be a good promotional tool for our organisation, as well as one of the few outlets for serious writing about music in New Zealand. The Lilburn Trust, which provides welcome extra funding for our publishing venture, has been pushing us to ramp up Crescendo and we have been working on some strategies. Thanks are due to the editor and publisher for keeping publishing on track meanwhile.

Work carries on with RILM indexing. Under Roger Flury's quiet prodding as chair, the committee of Marilyn Portman, Roger Flury, Elizabeth Smith, and Phillippa McKeownGreen have submitted 36 abstracts so far in 2009-2010.

Of particular import this year has been the result of review of the National Library Music Services. Following strong public support for retaining all of the current music resources, the National Library finally announced on 18 June 2009 that it was retaining all its current collections, including 'obsolete' formats, retaining current staff, and service arrangements, but tightening up its donations policy. …

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