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Music and Ideas

Discover more about our music from the world class artists, producers and composers working on stage and behind the scenes at the MSO. Music & Ideas events include open rehearsals, informative presentations, panels, talks and behind the scenes demonstrations.


Tasneem Chopra Cross-cultural Consultant (moderator)
Vanessa Perica Composer, Arranger, Conductor
Professor Margaret Barrett
Professor of Music and Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University.
Dr Amanda Coles Lecturer, Arts and Cultural Management/Employment Relations at Deakin University
Katharine Bartholomeusz-Plows
Head of Artistic Planning, MSO

About this event

In 2017, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) commissioned research to assess the state of gender equity in the Australian music industry. Dr Amanda Coles, an expert in the political economy of labour markets and workforce development in the cultural economy carried out that research in conjunction with colleagues.

The Panel will explore existing structural reasons for the continuing lack of gender equity and search for real solutions and ways forward. In this discussion, we will be led by Tasneem Chopra, a Cross-cultural Consultant whose work addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across organisational leadership.

This event will be filmed; there will be cameras in the auditorium.


The MSO’s International Women’s Day program is proudly presented by Equity Trustees.


Music and Ideas is supported by City of Melbourne.

COVIDSafe Information

The MSO and the venues in which we perform will operate under government health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the event. Information about protocols in place will be included in the pre-concert email sent to attendees a few days prior to the performance.

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