In the media - Michael is on the move

25 November 2010

Alumni Michael Whiticker has left his post at the Townsville Music Centre to establish a large studio in the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast.

The composer, musician, producer and recently retired artistic director of the music centre studied piano and composition at The Con in the late 1970s-early 80s, before moving to Berlin, and then gaining a doctorate at Wollongong University.

His CV includes directing the JCU Arts Exposure program in 2001, the Aspirations/Inspirations for the Centenary of Federation the same year, the Thuringowa River Festival in 2005 and See Hear Now multi-arts festivals in 2005 and earlier this year.

"I am a freelance musician,'' Whiticker told the Townsville Bulletin. "I am driven by my dedication to music and the arts, that's my first interest.''

He said he is encouraged by talk that the Federal Government is considering an allowance for creative artists on the way up. This would give young performers a year or so to establish themselves without becoming homeless in the process.

"When you look at it, the lowest paid workers in Australia are always the artists,'' he said.

"When a performing artist does a show other people are inspired by it, that's a community benefit.''

Contact: Mick Le Moignan

Phone: 02 9351 1385

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