Music tapping privilege for diversity

From the punk ethos to irresistible acts for equality, musicians share reflections at the 2021 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address.

Composer Peggy Granville-Hicks’ legacy is one of advocacy, challenging the status quo and raising important issues such as equality, diversity and creative innovation through music.

The 2021 Peggy Granville-Hicks Address presented by the Australian Music Centre certainly lived up to this manifesto, as jazz pianist Zela Margossian, multi-talented composer Bree van Reyk, and singer, composer and improviser Sia Ahmad, reflected on how the past year allowed them to approach music with a renewed determination.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_