Welcome to this issue of The Podium. You’ll find some wonderful reading in Gordon Williams’ article about the LA-based Academy of Scoring Arts, a group that regularly meets to analyse great music and “maintain Hollywood’s high standards in musicianship”. Poor Gordon arrived in LA too late to enjoy the two-and-a-half years the group spent analysing The Rite of Spring!
I’m also pleased to point you towards the transcript of Scot Morris’ presentation on Performance and New Media Licensing for Australia and New Zealand. Scot is the Director – International of APRA/AMCOS (the organisations that collect and distribute rights payments, licence fees and royalties on behalf of Australian musicians and performers). Scot was a special guest speaker for the first Librarians Summit held for our Member and Associate orchestras. In anticipation of our next Librarians Summit we invite you to learn more about this fascinating area.
Our Top Tip will point orchestras in the right direction to ensure they comply with Australia's new federal WHS legislation, and our featured Member orchestra is the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, from Australia's Sunshine State. And finally, enjoy our Speed Read for news of orchestral matters from around the world.
Shortly I’ll be heading off to Seattle for the always stimulating League of American Orchestras conference. In addition to speaking on a panel dedicated to orchestral trends around the world, I’ll be undertaking some in-depth research into best-practice conductor training and career pathways; stay tuned for a run-down in the next issue of The Podium.
Happy reading and listening!
Chief Executive Officer