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Artsound FM has received a $2000 community support grant from the Canberra Southern Cross Club, a long time supporter of the station. ArtSound General Manager Chris Deacon OAM, received a cheque yesterday on behalf of the station from the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, at a function held to recognize around 75 community groups receiving support from the club.

"This will assist us in developing stronger linkages with young people in Canberra schools interested in familiarizing themselves with the more advanced aspects of the music industry, through training run by ArtSound FM.

"ArtSound values the ongoing support of the Canberra Southern Cross Club, and thanks those involved in administering the community support grant applications", Chris said today.



Marty RhoneIn DRESS CIRCLE this week Helpmann Award nominee Marty Rhone (pictured) talks about his role as The Kralahome in Opera Australia’s production of “The King and I”. Theatre critic and arts journalist, Bryce Hallett tells how he came to write the concert drama “Rolling Thunder Vietnam”, coming to the Canberra Theatre next month. Writer/actor, Mary Anne Butler discusses her play, “Highway of Lost Hearts”, soon to be seen at the Street Theatre.

In the “Red Velvet and Wild Boronia” segment, flugelhorn virtuoso, Don Johnson joins Julian Lee and Craig Scott to perform a selection of sublime jazz interpretations in excerpts from their one-off performance at The School of Arts Café.

Len Power will review “L’Orfeo”, Isobel Griffin will present Arts Diary, and Blue the Shearer ruminates on political corruption.

90 minutes of interviews, reviews music and news focussed on the performing arts in Canberra and beyond, DRESS CIRCLE is produced and presented by Bill Stephens and broadcast by Artsound FM92.7 every Sunday evening from 5.00pm until 6.30pm, repeated on Tuesday nights from 11.30pm, and streamed live on the internet at


Canberra's favourite ABBA program comes to ArtSound

ArtSound is delighted to introduce the fabulous ABBA tribute show Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - there’s more to ABBA than you think, to its Friday night line-up. Starting at 10pm Friday 22 August, Allison Pyke will be presenting her popular ABBA tribute show. Allison has recently joined ArtSound after presenting her show for 10 years on 2XX.

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The Hannah James Trio recorded live at the Woodworks Café Hannah is a bassist and composer currently working in and around Sydney Australia. Hannah grew up in Hoskinstown, a small rural town outside of Canberra. She began her musical training in classical piano, taking up the double bass as part of her schools year 7 beginner band program. After high school, Hannah was awarded a scholarship to study Jazz performance at the ANU School of Music, completing her Honors there under the tutelage of bassist Eric Ajaye.

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New series - National Contemporary Landscapes begins 17 September

ArtSoundFM is participating in National Contemporary Landscapes, a 10-part national collaborative community radio series exploring Australian Contemporary Classical Music.

Episodes feature exclusive recordings created for the series, interviews with musicians and composers, and valuable local insights.

ArtSound's episode, produced by Annabel Wheeler, will air on Wednesday 5 November.

For further information go to