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 performance training facility. ANAM is a national organisation with students from across Australia and New Zealand. Located in South Melbourne, Victoria, it is a member of the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence.[1] Current Artistic Director Nick Deutsch was appointed in 2016 and past Artistic Directors include composer Brett Dean and clarinettist Paul Dean [2]

Established in 1994, ANAM's Professional Performance Program is flexible for students wishing to study their instrument in the following categories - strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, harp and keyboard instruments. From 2012, ANAM offers a master's degree delivered in collaboration with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, along with Fellowship and short course opportunities.

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. A spokesman for Garret is reported to have said, "ANAM no longer represents the most efficient way of delivering support for elite classical music training." The ANAM Artistic Director Brett Dean said, "That is heart-breaking for music education in this country."

2017 Academy Faculty[edit]

  • Andrew Bain
  • Aidan Boase
  • Louisa Breen
  • Jeffrey Crellin
  • Jacinta Dennett
  • Damien Eckersley
  • David Elton
  • Richard Gill
  • Leigh Harrold
  • Caroline Henbest
  • Ben Jacks
  • Peter de Jager
  • Scott Kinmont
  • Genevieve Lacey
  • Saul Lewis
  • Elise Millman
  • Michael Mulcahy
  • Peter Neville
  • Howard Penny
  • Steve Rosse
  • Sophie Rowell
  • Virginia Taylor
  • David Thomas
  • Tristram Williams
  • Robin Wilson
  • Timothy Young


  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. ^ Canberra axes music academy funds, Robin Usher, The Age, 24 October 2008