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Welcome to the September edition of The Podium. Our newsletter is jam-packed with information and fascinating reading, beginning with Gordon Williams’ interview with Pearl Kaufman.  Famous for championing works by some of the 20th century’s greatest composers, Ms Kaufman tells Gordon some wonderful stories and reminisces about Stravinsky, Miles Davis and John Williams.

The Manager of SSI’s Music Library, Vi King Lim, recently attended the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) conference in Montreal. His account brings to life the sights and sounds of this wonderful city, as well as the lessons he brought back with him to Australia.

Our Top Tip considers the important issue of copyright on YouTube and other forms of social media. The Speed Read will bring you up to date with musical happenings around the world, and our featured Member is the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Happy reading!

Kate Lidbetter
Chief Executive Office

Sitting down with Pearl Kaufman

'Pearl Kaufman is a pianist who has worked with many of the great names of 20th century music, premiering works by Berio, Ginastera, and Shapero, and appearing on the legendary CBS recordings of Stravinsky and Berg, as well as playing on iconic film scores, like Chinatown and Dr. Zhivago.' Gordon Williams interviews the legendary Pearl Kaufman

A Librarian’s Trip to the MOLA Conference

The Conference of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) has been held consistently since 1983, usually in late spring or early summer in the northern hemisphere. This year it was held in Montreal. Vi King Lim records his impressions

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is Western Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts organisation, led by Israeli-born Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser Asher Fisch. Read more

TOP TIP: YouTube and Copyright

Increasingly many orchestras are posting audio or video recordings online, on websites, video-sharing platforms or social media. Most countries around the world recognise copyright existing in digital media and so copyright issues are also relevant when audio and video recordings are uploaded or accessed online.

As a video recording usually involves multiple elements, you need to consider each individual element and check its copyright status. These elements might include musical works, sound recordings, visual works, dramatic works, text, visual reproduction of the whole or sections of a musical score, films and videos and broadcast material.

YouTube’s terms of service state that users are responsible for all content that is published on YouTube and for obtaining the necessary licences, rights, consent and permission to publish the content.  If there are any copyright-protected elements used in your video, you would normally need to contact the relevant copyright owners for permission before employing them in your video. Moral rights and performers’ rights may also be an issue depending on when your video was made.

Since copyright laws differ from country to country, some material may be in the public domain in Australia or New Zealand but still in copyright elsewhere (or vice versa). If your YouTube video is intended for an international audience and it contains material which is copyright-protected in other parts of the world, you should be aware that some copyright owners may request that your video be 'geo-blocked', allowing access to the video to be restricted based on the user’s geographical location.

For more information on YouTube and copyright, download the Australian Copyright Council’s handy information sheet.

Speed Read

Since the last Podium...

San Francisco Classical Voice’s Mark MacNamara began a series on audience development in the performing arts,

… while Anne Midgette wondered what it will take to get her as excited as she wants to be over contemporary opera.

In the meantime, as proof that music is all around us, Michelle Nijhuis found a town in Turkey where language is whistled.