The performing arts industry struggles with silos – clashes between ‘creatives’ and ‘management’, ‘administrators’ and ‘artists’. These false divisions can leave us feeling misunderstood, stressed and frustrated.
And yet the truth remains that no matter whether we’re backstage, onstage, or offstage, we’re united by our passion for the performing arts, the power of storytelling and performance, and our belief in every part of the vast ecosystem playing a role in creating a thriving industry.
With this in mind, three early career arts administrators have been selected as the project team behind Australia’s first Arts Administrators Orchestra project.
Jin Tong Long, Chai Jie Low and Alex Owens will help classical music administrators all over Australia to reconnect with their own instrumental skills, play music together and undertake professional development through the inaugural launch of MUSICAL CHAIRS: The Administrators Orchestra.
MUSICAL CHAIRS will be hosted by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in January 2022. Caroline Sharpen, CEO of Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra said that the orchestra was delighted to be the hosting partner for the project.
“This unique and innovative initiative will provide an invaluable opportunity for administrators to switch places with musicians and shift their perspective to the practical joys of music-making – which is the reason most of us became involved in arts administration in the first place! We’re equally thrilled that the project will be fully delivered by a team of emerging administrators who will be flexing their capabilities to present dynamic and participatory experience.”