Giving emerging musicians a break

A new ANU and Folk Festival partnership offers opportunities for emerging musicians.

Yesterday (28 March), the National Folk Festival and the ANU School of Music (Canberra) unveiled a three-year strategic partnership centred on nurturing a next generation of emerging musicians.

Getting a break as an early career musician is competitive, and opportunities are especially scarce off the back of the pandemic.

Managing Director of the National Folk Festival (NFF), Chris Grange says the agreement is a joint response to challenges faced by the arts industry throughout the pandemic. ‘Over the COVID years, we have seen evidence of the adverse impact of lockdowns and isolation on emerging musicians, a view shared by the ANU School of Music.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina