Steering Committee

Sustainable Futures would like to acknowledge the input from its International Steering Committee:

Anthony Seeger

Professor Anthony Seeger (USA), Chair

Anthony Seeger is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology at the University of California Los Angeles, USA. He has written extensively on issues of intellectual property, audiovisual archiving, and about the Indigenous Suyá/Kïsêdjê society of Mato Grosso, Brazil. He has served terms as President of both the SEM and the ICTM and as Secretary-General of the latter. He has taught at the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, at Indiana University in Bloomington, and at UCLA. From 1988 to 2000 he was Curator of the Folkways Collection and Director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.


Professor Tan Sooi Beng (Malaysia)

Tan Sooi Beng is a Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang. She has carried out extensive research on Peace Building through the Performing Arts, Community Theatre in Southeast Asia and Japan, Multicultural Traditions of Malaysia, Popular Music in Southeast Asia and the Chinese in Diaspora. She has served as an Executive Board Member of ICTM and Editorial Board Member of Ethnomusicology (SEM).  She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Wacana Seni, Journal of Arts Discourse and sits on the International Advisory Board of Asian Music and Ethnomusicology Forum. Tan is actively involved in engaged community arts that cut across races and works with multicultural young people to conserve their diverse heritage.

Ian HarveyMr Ian Harvey (Australia)

Ian Harvey has served as president of the Australian Music Products Association since taking over for Rob Walker in 1999. Since that time, Ian has been on the front lines in the worldwide effort to expand the music industry globally. Ian has developed relations with other countries and companies to form strong alliances in getting the message out about the benefits of active music making. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Ian played clarinet in school and later performed jazz before working for the retail store, Rose Music. That store was later bought by Yamaha, which led to Ian’s 16-year career with that musical instrument giant. He served as the manager of the Yamaha school programs in Australia working with teachers, parents and retailers across the country.

Hentschke-LianeProfessor Liane Hentschke (Brazil)

Liane Hentschke is Professor of Music Education and Director of the International Affairs Office at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) Porto Alegre, Brazil. She was formerly president of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and vice-president of the International Music Council (IMC). At the UFRGS, she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level, supervising MA and PhD students. Her current research activities are concerned with motivations to teach and learn music, developed through her involvement in the international research project “Meanings of Music for Students in School- based and Non-school Musical Activities”.


Dr Richard Letts (Australia)

Former Executive Director of the Music Council of Australia and Past President of the International Music Council (IMC), Richard Letts is CEO of The Music Trust. He was directly involved in civil society advocacy (Steering Committee of the International Network for Cultural Diversity) that let to the creation of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. He led a large research project, The Protection and Promotion of Musical Diversity, for UNESCO and the IMC; it looked at the challenges to musical diversity on all continents. At IMC, he created the Music Sector Development Program to support development of music sectors in developing countries.


Mr Oscar van der Pluijm (The Netherlands)

Oscar van der Pluijm is director of the World Music and Dance Centre (Rotterdam, Netherlands), an organisation that brings together community projects, music education, professional training, research and performance in world music and dance. Cultural entrepreneur and advisor, Oscar’s interests relate to the international music industry and matters of cultural diversity, which are a prominent feature of Rotterdam as a non-traditional cultural centre.



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