The Canberra International Music Festival is set to explore new directions with the award of an Australia Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant to its newly-appointed Program Manager Alex Raupach. Along with project funding from the Australia Council for the Arts for the 2018 Festival, the grant is testament to the Festival’s leadership position in the Australian music and cultural landscape. Against industry trends, Festival attendance has been growing year after year with the 2018 Festival, to be held 27 April – 6 May, anticipated to attract record interstate attendees to the nation’s capital.
Alex is well known to Canberran audiences for his commitment to the local jazz community. A graduate of ANU School of Music and prolific composer and musical collaborator, he has relocated from Melbourne to work as Program Manager for the 2018 Festival and to assist in planning for the Festival’s 25th anniversary in 2019, under the mentorship of Artistic Director Roland Peelman.
Rounding out the vibrant new team are Artist and Media Coordinator Lilly Hannock and Production Coordinator Isaac Dugdale. The diverse talents that young professionals like Alex, Lilly and Isaac bring to the organization is necessary for the Festival’s continued growth and future development, as it seeks to reach new audiences and test new program ideas.
Artistic Director Roland Peelman is delighted with the expansion of the Festival team:
"The new blood at Festival Headquarters reflects the new wind blowing through Canberra and optimism about the future of the arts in Canberra. If Alex, Lilly and Isaac are anything to go by, our Festival will be in good hands. We are lucky to be able to draw on such a talented group of people and bring imaginative thinkers with a diverse range of experience and expertise into the festival fold. This is how we transform the Festival into a vehicle for the 21st century and centre of attraction for the nation.
"Alex isn't one to blow his own trumpet, but I very happy to do it for him, as well as for the bright young team at CIMF. Watch this space!"