Playing on: fighting brain drain in smaller cities

Opportunity, infrastructure and cyclic patterns of migration all play a part in anchoring classical musicians’ lives in cities like Hobart and Adelaide.

Resisting the geographic pull of Sydney and Melbourne and retaining talent in smaller capital cities is ‘a perennial problem for most art forms,’ according to Jodi Glass, Chair of Chamber Music Adelaide.

However, she also knowledges that the arts ecology of a city like Adelaide means opportunities for musicians – especially young, classically trained students and graduates – can be relatively few and far between.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts

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