Making Waves + 3MBS Fine Music at Classical:NEXT

Two Australian approaches to new music broadcasting at grassroots levels

Lisa Cheney of Making Waves and Leah Blankendaal of 3MBS join forces to present a networking meeting on supporting new music through independent broadcasting at the Classical:NEXT Conference in Rotterdam on 19/05/2017 10:15 – 11:00am.

Session abstract

Community radio is the traditional voice of the underdog. Unlike its commercial counterpart, it is a platform for niche conversation and new talent. In art music circles, community broadcasters give a voice to demographics underrepresented in mainstream programming. This said the way in which community ‘radio’ is created and accessed is changing. The rise of grassroots podcasts and self-published playlists has given voice to diverse conversations about compositional practice, fulfilling roles traditionally held by community radio makers. This session will explore the shared responsibilities to new music held by old and new community and grassroots mediums. Using the Australian MBS model and website/podcast Making Waves as starting points, the presenters will examine best practice in new music broadcasting and explain why they chose to come together to support new music communities.



Lisa Cheney
(BMus, MMus) is a composer (MSO, TSO, Aus. Ballet), Co-Director/Curator of Making Waves and an Executive Producer of the Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast.







Leah Blankendaal (BMus Hons, M. Cmn) is a composer and broadcaster (3MBS, Radio Adelaide) who has worked with leading ensembles including Soundstream, AAO, Tura New Music and STRUT Dance.