Engagement and Impact

Supporting the Music Industry


Roman Ponomariov is working with 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne to support and promote the organisation’s engagement with young generation of musicians through events and competitions such as ‘The Talent’

Australian Performing Rights Association

Associate Professor Rob Burke, Mr Johannes Luebbers and Professor Cat Hope are judges for the APRA / Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Professional Development Awards and a past judge for the APRA / Australian Music Centre Art Music Awards. They are engaged in assessing and acknowledging the excellence and innovation of the Australian jazz community.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

MIJF (Melbourne International Jazz Festival) Associate Professor Rob Burke, Dr Paul Williamson, Jordan Murray and Johannes Luebbers are advisors to the MIFJ Education program ‘Jazz Futures’.

Melbourne Recital Centre

Dr Anna McMichael, Associate Professor Rob Burke, Professor Cat Hope, are regular performers at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Jazz Co-operative: Making the Jazz Scene Sustainable

Associate Professor Rob Burke is working with the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, a not-for-profit organisation, to supporting and promoting original live jazz performance by established and emerging artists in Melbourne.

PBS 106.7FM: Working for Diversity and the Under-Represented

Dr Paul Williamson is working with PBS 106.7FM radio to support Melbourne’s diverse music community, particularly for under-represented music, supporting musicians and artists from the ground up.

Sustaining Communities and Cultural Relations

Busking, the UN and the Sustainable City

Associate Professor Paul Watt is working with community activists Nick Broad and Lilian Maz of Busk.co to measure the impact that street music and musicians have on creating, rejuvenating and sustaining urban environments using the UN’s Urban Prosperity Index. A/Prof. Watt’s research has been cited in a recent report to the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council on the social and cultural capital of street performance.

Central and West Asia and Diasporas Research Network (CWADRN)

Convened by Dr Gay Breyley, CWADRN brings together people from diverse academic, community and cultural sectors to promote understanding of a complex region and its transnational links. CWADRN organises conferences, seminars, concerts, film screenings and informal gatherings.

Government of India and Indian Council for Cultural Relations

Dr Adrian McNeil works with the Government of India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations to facilitate ongoing formal and informal musical exchange and collaborations between Australia and India.

Opera and Human Rights

Professor Cat Hope premiered a new Australian opera ‘Speechless’, based on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ‘Forgotten Children‘ report of 2014 at the Perth Festival. A collaborative team and investment from Western Australian new music producer Tura New Music, South Australia’s contemporary arts organisation Vital Statistix, the Australia Council and WA Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries saw this innovative new opera to fruition. It is expected to tour Australia wide. Conductor Aaron Wyatt was nominated for a 2019 Helpmann Award and Judith Dodsworth has been one of the opera’s four featured vocal soloists in both the development and premiere seasons of ‘Speechless’.

Revitalisation of the Musical Arts of Lampung, Indonesia

Professor Margaret Kartomi and Dr Karen Thomas are collaborating with researchers at Leiden University and Yogyakarta Institute of Arts to research societal change among marginalised indigenous people through the prism of the traditional and popular musical arts.

Rotary and Annie North Women’s Refuge, Bendigo

Associate Professor Merlyn Quaife is a member of Bendigo South Rotary Club that raises funds for Annie North Women’s Refuge and Bendigo Health Orthopaedics support group.

Teaching and Learning for the Next Generation

ANZCA Music Examinations

Associate Professor Rob Burke and Judith Dodsworth assess fellowships and advise on curriculum for ANZCA

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Dr Anna McMichael is a tutor for ARCO’s Education projects (Melbourne Youth Orchestra program and Young Mannheim Symphonists).

Australian Youth Orchestra

Roman Ponomariov is involved with the Australian Youth Orchestra, tutoring emerging musicians

International Musicological Society

Professor John Griffiths is a Director of one of the world’s leading musicology organisations. The role of the Directorium is to develop and implement policy working towards the expansion of its European origins and to develop a global reach that will transform the cultural perspectives of the discipline.


Melbourne Youth Orchestra

Roman Ponomariov tutors the Melbourne Youth Orchestras on regular basis, sharing his professional knowledge and expertise.

Music Archive of Monash University

The Music Archive of Monash University has a long and successful record of connecting the university with international scholars, students, and the wider community, especially in the southeast corridor of Melbourne, through its regular presentation of concerts, exhibitions and international conferences.

National Trust

Robert Chamberlain works with the Team of Pianists and National Trust of Australia (Victoria) for the Classical Music in Historic Venues concert series, now in its 26th year at Rippon Lea Estate Ballroom, as well as in other National Trust properties around Victoria. At the National Trust property Glenfern, in East St Kilda, he is co-planner and co-director of the Team of Pianists’ annual Spring Piano School, a school-holiday enrichment program for school-age piano students from metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria and in 2019 from Shenzhen, China.

Sydney Youth Orchestra

Dr Anna McMichael tutors the Sydney Youth Orchestra on a regular basis, sharing her professional knowledge and expertise.

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

Associate Professor Rob Burke is a qualified assessor for the government agency TEQSA

Suzuki Music

Judith Dodsworth is a guest auditor for Suzuki Music Australia’s vocal examinations.

Tyalgum Music Festival

Dr Anna McMichael co-directs the Tyalgum Music Festival (since 2014) which has community participation/involvement. Winners of  APRA AMCOS/ART MUSIC AWARD NSW prize for regional excellence in 2018.

Next Generation: Engaging Secondary School Music Students

Jordan Murray works with many of Victoria’s secondary schools to foster excellence in the areas of ensemble music performance, improvisation, music history and instrumental technique applicable to jazz performance.