Australian National Academy of Music

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Australian National Academy of Music
Established 1994
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 52
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
37°50′03″S 144°57′35″E / 37.8343°S 144.9598°E / -37.8343; 144.9598Coordinates: 37°50′03″S 144°57′35″E / 37.8343°S 144.9598°E / -37.8343; 144.9598
Campus South Melbourne Town Hall
Affiliations University of Melbourne

The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is a classical music training facility designed for advanced/post-university students to train on their instrument to a higher level. Located in the South Melbourne, Victoria, it is a member of the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence.[1] Its Artistic Director until June 2010 was the composer Brett Dean; his brother, the clarinettist Paul Dean was appointed as his successor.[2]

Established in 1994, ANAM offers a range of intensive programs and short courses, both credit bearing and non-credit bearing, for string, woodwind, French horn, harp and keyboard instruments. From 2012, ANAM students with a strong academic background can enrol in a Masters degree delivered in collaboration with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

2008/09 funding crisis[edit]

On 23 October 2008, the Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, announced that ANAM would not receive any government funding in 2009[3] 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 A spokesman for Garret is reported to have said, "ANAM no longer represents the most efficient way of delivering support for elite classical music training." However, no explanation for this statement was made to ANAM or the media, including an explanation of what is "the most efficient way of delivering support for elite classical music training." The ANAM Artistic Director Brett Dean said, "That is heart-breaking for music education in this country." Despite wide media reporting, on the day of the announcement, and the day following, no media release was made by the Minister about ANAM.[4] However, the ANAM went to the media and the funding cut was widely reported.[3] At the close of the academic year 2008, it was announced that, after further negotiations between Minister Garrett, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Brett Dean, the Academy would stay open for another 12 months, pending changes still to be implemented at the request of the Labor government. Subsequently, the first changes implemented by the Academy to qualify for federal funding included the installation of a new Board and the restructuring of the Academy's staff and faculty placements.

Current Academy Faculty[edit]

  • Paul Dean
  • Margaret Crawford
  • Jeffrey Crellin
  • Jacinta Dennett
  • Damien Eckersley
  • Caroline Henbest
  • William Hennessy
  • Ben Jacks
  • Elise Millman
  • Christopher Moore
  • Howard Penny
  • David Thomas
  • Timothy Young

2012 Guest Faculty[edit]



  1. ^ Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (15 September 2008). "Arts training bodies". Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "ANAM Announces New Artistic Director" at Australian Stage, 26 March 2010
  3. ^ a b Canberra axes music academy funds, Robin Usher, The Age, 24 October 2008
  4. ^ Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts – Media releases 2008, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts (Australia). Retrieved 24 October 2008