AFCM Executive Director Gavin Findlay was in Sydney last week to sign the agreement with Musica Viva CEOHywel Sims, and to brief Musica Viva staff who will be working alongside the AFCM team, and Artistic Director,Kathryn Stott.
“The opportunity for strategic engagement with Musica Viva has come at an ideal time for our Festival,” Mr Findlay said. “As we enter our fourth decade, the organization has been reflecting deeply on what is needed to provide an appropriate level of professional support to our visiting artists, and this is an area where Musica Viva’s experience is unparalleled.”
“Musica Viva has had a long history of collaboration with artists and other arts organisations and actively seeks opportunities to support others through combining talents,” said Mr Sims. “Therefore, we’re delighted to bring our expertise in effective artist support to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and look forward to working with their team.”
Under the agreement, Musica Viva staff will manage artist liaison leading up to AFCM 2020, including travel and accommodation, sourcing and distributing sheet music, administering artists’ contracts, and scheduling the Festival’s intensive rehearsal schedule. They will also be on the ground in Townsville during the ten-day event to ensure the artist experience is “both happy and professional”. Musica Viva will also assist just-announced incoming Artistic Director, UK violinistJack Liebeck, in the operational aspects of contracting artists for the 2021 Festival.
“AFCM has been proudly based in Townsville, North Queensland for 30 years, and we will be strengthening our commitment to the region by expanding the administrative team in our Townsville office,” Mr. Findlay said. “This, combined with the new artistic director appointment, will ensure that the professionalism of the administration aspect of the Festival matches the artistic excellence for which we have always been famous.”
Dates and Ticket Details
The full program and artist line-up will be announced on Tuesday 25 February.
General public tickets, passes and holiday packages go on sale on Wednesday 26 February.
AFCM Friends have been able to purchase tickets since 2 December.
Australian Festival of Chamber Music: 31 July – 9 August 2020 | Townsville, North Queensland
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