Younger musicians silenced by covid

Younger Music Society college students in happier days.

ONE of Canberra’s longest-running neighborhood music organisations faces a bleak future after having been compelled to make drastic adjustments within the aftermath of covid.

The Younger Music Society was established in 1969 by Judith Clingan as a neighborhood organisation run by volunteers with household memberships, with a purpose to supply the younger individuals of Canberra a possibility to find their creativity in a enjoyable and protected atmosphere.

However the resolution has been made to shut the society’s workplace on the Flynn Group Hub, to tug again to a small primary-only Summer season Music Program for one (January 9-13) and to function from house places of work indefinitely from February.

A skeleton workers of creative director and normal supervisor Stephen Leek and workplace administrator Charles Miller will proceed to function by e mail, web site and Fb, working indefinitely on a “wants solely” foundation for future tasks and to maintain the organisation afloat.

The YMS Live performance Band will proceed in 2023 solely whether it is financially viable to take action and costs are anticipated to rise to cowl prices. 

Worst of all, the YMS Instrument Rent Program will shut on the finish of 2022. For greater than 50 years the rent program has contributed to the lives of hundreds of younger musicians, however the society says many of the YMS devices are previous and “pre-loved”, and the on-going price of repairs, upkeep or alternative has now grow to be prohibitive. 

The industrial music atmosphere in Canberra has additionally shifted in order that there are actually different alternate rent choices obtainable in each main music retailer and thru many faculties and thru substantial authorities funding on this space. 

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It was determined unanimously to dump many of the devices, which will likely be obtainable on the market to the membership and the general public on the YMS workplace 10am-to-4pm, January 14 and 21.

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Ian Meikle, editor