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Globalisation in Australian Church Music

The effect of globalisation on Australian Church music has been as dire as its effect on that Aussie icon, Vegemite. Although many talented Australian composers continue to produce uniquely Australian Church music in many genres, Australian Church music governing bodies and clergy pay minimal or no attention to local Australian Church music. In Australia, Church music licensing is dominated by globalised corporations who promote non-Australian Church music over the work of local Australian composers. Australian Church music directors have seldom resisted pressures to eliminate all but a few token Australian Church music compositions from Australian parish repertoires. Many Australian parish music programs promote backward-looking or entirely non-Australian music repertoires and genres. Infusions of forward-looking, hopeful, creative, uniquely Australian musical expressions of Christian faith are rare, ephemeral, and untaught. For insight into why this has happened, read Jeffrey Tucker’s 2002 article about a multinational corporate Church music publisher whose policies and business ethics is not in tune with Christian beliefs, principles or practice (see link below) http://www.crisismagazine.com/2009/the-hidden-hand-behind-bad-catholic-music The globalisation of Church music is also discussed in depth by a shocked Richard Barrett on the Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy (Orthodox Christian) blog – http://orthodoxyandheterodoxy.org/2013/01/29/the-hidden-hand-behind-bad-music-could-it-happen-here-american-catholic-worship-and-orthodoxy-in-america/