Letter from Barry Tuckwell AC OBE Chair Melba Foundation to The Australian 14 April 2012
The claim that Melba Recordings is "more of a hobby than a serious producer of good musical product" (The Australian 3 April) cannot be left unchallenged.
Melba is an internationally recognised and acclaimed quality recording brand and has put Australian musicians on the map in Europe, America and increasingly in Asia.
It is irreplaceable.
It used to be that the only Australian musicians who were recognised abroad were those who lived in Europe. Those who stayed in Australia remained anonymous overseas.
While it would take minutes to destroy what Melba Recordings has achieved by withdrawing its modest government funding, it would take years to rebuild it.
It would be a national tragedy if Melba Recordings ceased to exist.
Barry Tuckwell, AC OBE