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2006 Media Releases - Corporate - Sydney Opera House and Australian Institute of Music launch exciting new management education initiative

Issued Thursday, 5 October 2006


The Australian Institute of Music and Sydney Opera House today announced the launch of a Master of Arts Management degree, which will be presented at Sydney Opera House commencing February 2007. It will provide post graduate business education specially tailored for work in the entertainment and music industries.

Lecturers engaged to date include internationally recognised practitioners such as: Michael Smellie (former worldwide Chief Operating Officer, Sony BMG Music Entertainment); Paul Dickson (former CEO of Festival Mushroom Records and Group Managing Director PolyGram Records Australia); Timothy Walker AM (Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, formerly founder of World Orchestras and General Manager of the ACO); Shane Simpson (entertainment law guru and founding director of the Arts Law Centre of Australia); Wendy McCarthy AO (former Chair, Symphony Australia; CEO, National Trust of Australia, NSW; Deputy Chair, Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Academics involved in the program include: Professor Bob Robertson (former Dean of the Faculty of Business and Vice-President of UTS); Christine Burton (Course Director for the UTS post graduate program in Arts Management) and Dr Paul Walsh (AGSM, UNSW).

Sydney Opera House Chief Executive, Dr Norman Gillespie said “Sydney Opera House is delighted to be able to support this welcome initiative of the Australian Institute of Music and wishes all new students great success throughout their studies”. AIM’s Dean, Dr Raffaele Marcellino, commented “this initiative further consolidates AIM’s position at the forefront of education for today’s music industry.”

The Master of Arts Management is a coursework degree providing knowledge and skills in disciplines such as marketing, entertainment law, accounting, and general management. Both a commercial or not-for-profit focus can be accommodated. The course can be undertaken full-time over one year or part-time over two. Each subject or ‘module’ requires attendance at a two day seminar, held on a Friday and a Saturday. This structure is designed to reduce the impact on busy working lives. Most seminars will take place in Sydney Opera House’s training room, though electives will be presented across the Quay at the Park Hyatt Sydney. There will be two intakes in 2007, one commencing in February and one in July, each comprising a maximum of 26 students. It is possible to register interest in undertaking individual modules, without applying for admission into the degree.

An Information Evening will be held in the Utzon Room of Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 25th October commencing at 7:30pm (advance registration is required). The Application deadline is December 1st, 2006. Successful applicants will be advised by 15 December.

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