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About the Institute

In order to recognise, develop and promote the contributions of the Faculty of Arts to creative culture, popular music and new media nationally and internationally, the University of Adelaide has established the Sia Furler Institute dedicated to studies in contemporary music and media practice.

Through the Institute, music and media students at the University of Adelaide have the opportunity to learn under the guidance of University of Adelaide Department of Media and Elder Conservatorium of Music practitioners, performers and technical staff and industry experts. Students benefit from the expertise of artists and experts in residence and the have opportunity to showcase their achievements for public audiences. Masterclasses, performances and short courses hosted by the Institute are available to University of Adelaide students and the local community.

  • Background
    The Twilights

    1966 - in a Melbourne park with new drummer Laurie Pryor. An album cover. Reproduced by kind permission of Peter Brideoake.

    South Australia can proudly claim a distinguished contribution to the history of Australian popular music.

    Adelaide's vibrant live music scene has provided a fertile environment for the development of some of Australia's most celebrated and innovative bands, songwriters, performers and producers.

    South Australian artists and music entrepreneurs read like a Who's Who of pop and rock: Grammy Award winner Terry Britten, Jimmy Barnes, Ruby Hunter, John Schumann, Kasey Chambers, Glenn Shorrock, bandleader Brian May, Robyn Archer, Robert Stigwood (The Beatles, Cream, Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees), John Woodruff (Savage Garden) Mark Holden, Sister Janet Mead, Guy Sebastian, David Campbell, Eric Bogle, Sarah McLeod, Dave Graney, Simon Lewicki (Groove Terminator), Paul Kelly, Sam Dixon and Sia Furler, to name a few.

    The list of popular bands - either originating in Adelaide or featuring Adelaide musicians - includes national and international household names: The Twilights, Fraternity, The Master's Apprentices, Motown's Funk Brothers, Little River Band, Cold Chisel, Rose Tattoo, No Fixed Address, Redgum, The Angels, Air Supply, Men at Work, the Bee Gees, Mondo Rock, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, The Superjesus and the Hilltop Hoods.

  • Contemporary music and media practice at the University of Adelaide

    The Elder Conservatorium of Music has been synonymous with excellence in music performance and composition since its inception in 1883. As early as 1918, the Conservatorium awarded Australia’s first Doctorate in Music to a woman, composer Ruby Davy. It was also the first music school in Australia to establish an electronic music studio, and appoint one of the pioneers in the field, Tristram Cary link to external website (1925-2008), as its head.

    The Conservatorium offers advanced studies in music technology and related media in its burgeoning Sonic Arts programmes. Through its classical, jazz and popular music programmes, and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music, the Conservatorium has produced musicians widely respected for their culturally diverse contributions to the local, national and international music industries.

  • Sia Furler
    Sia Furler

    Adelaide-born Sia Furler link to external website is one of Australia's most celebrated and successful creative artists. Through a succession of critically acclaimed and commercially successful songs recorded by some of the most iconic performers of recent times, Sia has forged an international career at the highest level. As a performer and a songwriter - and one whose creativity extends equally to video and digital media - she has become an inspiration to a generation of young musicians the world over.

    In recognition of Sia's outstanding achievements the University of Adelaide has established the Sia Furler Institute for Contemporary Music and Media.

    Visit Sia's website link to external website

Sia Furler Institute for
Contemporary Music and Media

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