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SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS’ ASSOCIATION (SOMA)
Statement on the defunding of Melbourne Youth Orchestras
The union for Australia’s professional orchestral musicians calls on the Victorian Government to urgently restore funding to Melbourne Youth Orchestras (MYO), one of Australia’s most important youth arts organisations.
MYO is an essential training pathway for aspiring Victorian musicians to gain the skills and experience required to join professional orchestras both in Australia and around the world.
Even more importantly, it gives the opportunity for over 600 young Victorians each week and over 1000 more each summer to have music in their lives. Through music, MYO participants are nurtured and challenged, learn discipline, creativity, emotional intelligence and teamwork in the most wonderful way. It is the whole community who benefits.
We understand that the $200,000 of state funding was used by MYO to ensure the accessibility of its programs. In the context of a multi-billion dollar state Budget, this is a small investment in an organisation that has such a profound impact on the lives of young people.
The Symphony Orchestra Musicians’ Association (SOMA) represents Australia’s professional orchestral musicians and is part of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance. Many of SOMA’s members are MYO alumni and consider it one of their most formative experiences.
After nearly 20 years as a signatory the ad agency is attempting to illegally abandon its obligations under the union contract.
As the labor movement faces unprecedented assaults, we must join together and hold our ground.
All working people deserve fair wages, safe working conditions, access to healthcare and a meaningful pension. It’s time for advertising agencies like BBH to do the right thing and honour the contract.
Members of Equity Australia and New Zealand stand with you in solidarity.