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Dean

Dean Stevenson

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: Tasmania Arts - Performing > Music
To better understand composers living and working from islands or isolated cities - Iceland, USA, New Zealand

Major lessons and Conclusions:
There were many and varied aspects to my journey that taught me more than I could have imagined. As I live on an island and build my own music practice, I found the interaction with fellow isolated composers and musicians to be the most refreshing experience.

Key aspects learned were about looking into the community rather than gazing out of it for acknowledgement and the growth of a robust sense of place. This includes the celebration of local heritage that is both old and courageously new, drawing from its people an authenticity of purpose.

Many marketing and engagement tools were learned relative to balance and self-preservation in a toxic music business atmosphere that mines places for ‘new exotics’, hungry for new talent to exploit.

Dissemination:
As a composer, educator and consultant on music business, this experience has inspired my music, and it is being written now. This music will be performed with full credit given to my fellowship journey as its genesis. But my Churchill travel lessons are not simply restricted to music, and they are far from over. From profoundly deep lessons on identity, I will reflect back to my community in the form of mentorship, consultation, publications, performances, lectures, role modelling, nurturing new cultural endeavours, my writing in all facets, guest lectures and, perhaps, a re-vamped approach to university music business models. I am building a model to establish short-series workshops for individuals or small ensembles, specifically working on the artists own performance identity. The desperation to establish an identity for validation by larger audiences can be a losing cause when not held by strong values of purpose, and art can be an ephemeral purpose at the best of times.

Discussions have already begun to publish this report as an article in Island Magazine, Tasmania.
 
Keywords: Composition, music, environmental music, community, performance

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