The 2nd International Music Livelihoods Symposium

Led by Dr Diana Tolmie Senior Lecturer of Professional Practice, Griffith University’s Creative Arts Research Institute will be hosting the 2nd International Music Livelihoods Symposium online Monday and Tuesday the 28th and 29th of November 6-10pm AEST (Brisbane), 2022. This year our keynote speaker is Principal Scientist in Strategy and Foresight and advocate for the humanities and arts, Dr Stefan Hajkowicz (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) author of Global Megatrends: Seven Patterns of Change Shaping Our Future (2015) and the recently released Our Future World. Attendance for both days (Nov 28 & 29, 2022) is $60AUD, or for either day $40AUD. To register your attendance please click here


Dr Stefan Hajkowicz Principal Scientist in Strategy and Foresight at CSIRO, Australia Keynote Speaker

“Our future world – Global megatrends reshaping the future and what it means for musicians”

What do American baseball catcher Yogi Berra and pop musician Meat Loaf have in common? They both famously spoke, and sung, the paradoxical phrase “the future ain’t what it used to be”. CSIRO’s megatrends launched in July 2022 ain’t what they used to be either. First released in 2012, our view of the future has changed. What was plausible, possible and probable has now become a lived reality for many people. This can be seen through climate change, infectious disease risks and the geopolitical dimensions of economic restructuring. It can also been seen through amazing innovations in energy, water, food and mineral (recycling) systems and huge push towards net zero (or net positive) emissions. There’s also been the rise artificial intelligence, and technology is creating new jobs in addition to changing existing jobs. What hasn’t changed, however, is a view of the future laden with both risk and opportunity. This presentation will provide a fast-paced, action-packed and all encompassing view of the future. We’ll explore what this means for musicians and why this tech-enabled world needs your creativity, talent and insight into the human condition.

‘Reflection & Renewal: past, present and future stories of the resilient musician’

2021’s symposium theme explored ‘Educating for the sustainable musician in Post-Normal Times’ hosting an extraordinary line-up of music academics and practitioners sharing innovative methods adopted during the pandemic, as well as challenged notions of what it means to exist as a musician within post-normal times. Much data evidenced the creativity and passion musicians exhibited to sustain themselves within an environment characterised as in ‘flux’. In addition, rich discussion regarding the mentoring, community, career-learning, and education practices ensued. Several of the delegates commented on the generous knowledge-sharing of the event and sense of community achieved despite the ‘online’ medium.

For 2022’s iteration we consider the World Health Organisation’s claim that ‘the end of the pandemic is in sight’. This message allows creatives pause for thought regarding lessons learned, renewed resolve and anticipation for future arts revitalisation and revisioning. As Sardar and Sweeney (2016; 2020) described “postnormal times” as “an in-between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have yet to be born, and very few things seem to make sense” (n.p) – one can argue it may be premature to state we are exiting PNT. However, it is evident the arts has moved from a state of crisis-response towards future-proofing, regeneration and innovation. Such hopeful sentiment has inspired the 2nd International Music Livelihoods Symposium overarching theme:

‘Reflection & Renewal: past, present and future stories of the resilient musician’.

The term “music livelihoods” further acknowledges the complex lives of musicians involving their changing musical, and diverse career journeys. Global events continue to demonstrate their ability to impact music livelihoods thus musicians’ skills beyond portfolio and protean career strategies increasingly demand foresight capabilities.

This year’s presenters

Mr Carljohnson Anacin (AUS)
Dr Nicole Canham (AUS)
Professor Aaron Corn (AUS)
Professor Ryan Daniel (AUS)
Professor Celia Duffy (Scotland)
Ms Rachel Drury (England)
Dr Renée Duncan (USA)
Dr Mathew Flynn (England)
Mr Brad Fuller (AUS)
Ms Fiona Gentle (AUS)
Ms Christine Grier (Ireland)
Mr James Humberstone (AUS)
Ms Elizabeth Jenkinson (Scotland)
Dr Kristina Kelman (England)
A/Professor Lotte Latukefu (AUS)
Dr Karen Lonsdale (AUS)
Mr Hayden Mitt (AUS)
Dr Guy Morrow (AUS)
Dr Peter Orenstein (AUS)
Dr Pamela Pike (USA)
Dr Elizabeth Pipe (England)
Ms Jen Rafferty (USA)
Dr Caitlin Shaughnessy (England)
Dr Anthea Skinner (AUS)
Dr Neta Spiro (England)
Mrs Kirsten Tong (AUS)

Registration for the Symposium is $60AUD for both days or $40AUD per day – click here to register.

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