Save Fanfare & MOST
- What's it all about?
- The LNP Government announced that it will cancel the MOST (Musically Outstanding Students) and Fanfare Instrumental music programs. We are running a campaign to overturn this decision.
- How are you going to do that?
- We have an e-Petition running on the Qld Parliament website (see the button above). The signatures from this petition will be tabled in parliament at the September 11 sitting.
- We are planning an event to demonstrate the importance of these programs to the Australian Music Industry. Exact details of this are still being worked on so the best way to stay up to date is to join the Facebook discussion group.
- So what is MOST?
- MOST is an advancement program that identifies and tutors students of exceptional musical ability, operated by Education QLD. Students from all over QLD have participated in this program over the last 30 years and it has given them options, learning opportunities and career paths they may never have received without it.
- So what is Fanfare?
- Fanfare is an Instrumental Band Competition for QLD Schools operated by Education QLD. It fosters pursuit of musical excellence and offers an environment where students can compete with and learn from a wider variety of ensembles than they otherwise have available within their own local communities. It forms an important part of the QLD Instrumental music program.
- How can I get involved?
- Sign the petition! You'll need to be a QLD resident, Citizen or Voter (you don't need to be over 18).
- Sign the Change.Org petition - this one doesn't carry the same legal weight of the official Parliamentary petition, but it is open for anyone outside of QLD to sign and we hope to be able to present it to parliament along with the official petition.
- Join the conversation in our facebook group
- Write to your local member, the Premier and the Education Minister - e-mail is fine, postal mail is better. There are contact details and some other people's letters for inspiration on the Facebook group - check out the "Files" section.
- Spread the word. Invite your friends to the Facebook group, distribute the URL for this page ( http://mau.im/saveffm ), post the QR-code to your page, print some flyers and spread them around at your next rehearsal or performance
- Print the Poster attached below and put it up at your school, uni campus, local cafe - wherever you can get permission! We'll have a DL flyer soon as well that you can print and hand out at events etc.
For Public Service Employees
We have had questions from Teachers, School Staff and other Government employees about what they can or can not do in relation to this issue. Essentially: As long as you are acting and speaking as a private citizen and not as a Public Service Employee, you are free to express your concerns and take action.
Our contact within the Queensland Teachers Union, Tahlia Edmonds has posted this response to the group in her capacity as a QTU Industrial Advocate:
QTU ADVICE re: Code of Conduct.Good morning all,
Teachers are able to campaign as private citizens only. They can participate in a concert, write letters to the editor, make statements to the media e.g. Thalia Anghel NOT Thalia Anghel music teacher at X State School. If you are a Union Rep at the school, you can state, Thalia Edmonds Union Rep at X State School.
Another thing parents and teachers can do is approach the P&C. Basically, if the P&C organizes children to play, or raffles, or petitions from the school P&C, there will be no breach.
I have spoken to senior officers about the axing of the MOST and FANFARE programs. We hope to provide more information soon.
If you are unsure about your ability to express yourself freely, then we would encourage you to liaise with your Music Supporters Group or your P&C - you can privately advise them about the issue and leave them to handle the public-facing aspects of the campaign.
This is an important issue that directly effects the educational experience of 19,000 students at participating State Schools. We encourage media organisations to view the media releases below and also feel free to visit the Facebook group for a broader community perspective.
Interview requests and further information can be sought from:
Dianne Gittins email@example.com Ph: 07 3355 3955 Fx: 07 3351 3170
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