Professor Cat Hope has been announced as the presenter of this year’s Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address. Hope, a composer, performer, songwriter, noise artist and researcher, was awarded the APRA | AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental Music in 2011 and 2014 and is Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. Her new opera Speechless, a personal response to the 2014 Human Rights Commission report, will have its world premiere at next year’s Perth Festival.
Hope’s address is titled All Music For Everyone: Working Towards Gender Equality and Empowerment in Australian Music Culture. “Recent data overwhelmingly points to inherent problems in the Australian music industry, demonstrating that women and non-binary individuals do not experience the same access to opportunities as men working as music creators,” a media release from the New Music Network Australia said. “The same data also tells us that many practitioners do not believe such problems exist, despite evidence to the contrary.”
Hope’s address will examine the current situation for music creators “by bringing together some current debates and proposing appropriate actions to improve inclusion and opportunity for all people.”
“I think discussion around what opportunity and access there is for all music creators is important,” Hope told Limelight. “All available data shows us it is far from equitable for many – including women. My aim is to propose some possible reasons why this might be so, and how we might address them – because I am sure it will make music better for us all!”
The address, which will take place in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth, and is presented this year in partnership with Monash University, will also feature the premiere of a new work composed by Dobromila Jaskot and Hope, for voice and electronics, to be performed by Karina Utomo.
“I am including a new work I have commissioned as part of this presentation because I want to highlight what can be possible with different approaches to collaboration and stylistic diversity,” Hope said.
Cat Hope will give the 2018 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address in Adelaide on November 26, Melbourne on November 27 and Perth on November 28