The Australian Music Centre has revealed the details of the 2021 annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address, which will be presented as a livestream panel discussion featuring three musically diverse panelists: ethno-jazz pianist and composer Zela Margossian, unconventional, tradition-challenging composer and percussionist Bree van Reyk, and singer, composer and improviser Sia Ahmad.

The conversation will be available to be streamed live for free consumption at 1:30pm AEDT on Thursday November 4 here. Chosen for their musical breadth and depth, their leadership, courageousness and interesting career paths, the three panelists will explore the diversity of our Australian music community, how we connect with each other, and how we can support each other’s creative output.

“In the past, the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address has been delivered by some incredible creators and inspirational leaders in the music community. This year we are excited to be approaching things a little differently with the panel discussion,” explains Australian Music Centre CEO Catherine Haridy.

“In a world that has been irrevocably shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian music and artistic practice has evolved and changed to address its environment. I’m most excited about hearing our esteemed panelists’ inspirational stories, their perseverance and their ability to build their capacity for creativity through an unusually challenging period of time.”

The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address is an annual forum for ideas relating to the creation and performance of Australian music. Named after the Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, it has been igniting debate and highlighting crucial issues since its establishment in 1999.

Proud to have joined the Australian Music Centre (AMC) this year, Catherine Haridy’s energy and drive to lead the business is unmistakable, equipped with an impressive career of experience, she offers insight on what’s ahead for the AMC. “We are committed to diversity, representation and equity. This is a theme which will permeate across all areas of our service. There’s also a continued emphasis on advocacy, continued support of the music education sector and capacity-building opportunities for our artists while supporting and connecting the community,” she said.

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