In June 2007 more than thirty liturgists from around Australia gathered in Sydney to imagine and develop ideas about practical and viable initiatives for liturgical education and formation in Australia. One of the proposals arising was the establishment of a network for pastoral musicians.
In July 2009 a group of composers and musicians met in Sydney and resolved to work together to help make a national association a reality. Another meeting in December 2009 drew interest and financial support from publishers such as the University of Notre Dame (Pastoral Liturgy journal) and Willow Publishing (As One Voice).
In early 2010 Angela Gorman (Bendotti) from Perth and Paul Mason from Sydney set up the infrastructure for APMN - registering APMN in Western Australia as an incorporated association, registering the domain name (www.apmn.org.au) and establishing the web presence. A brief presentation was made to the NLC National Conference in Perth in January 2010. Since that time an interim steering committee was established with the purpose of launching APMN and preparing for its first Annual General Meeting.
In June 2011 at Mary MacKillopPlace, North Sydney, a large gathering of composers, musicians, publishers and diocesan personnel held the inaugural meeting to establish the organisation, nominate its first executive and review its constitution, aims and objects. The members-only discussion board was also formally established.
Subsequently in October 2011, at the Wollongong Liturgy Festival, the first annual general meeting was held to ratify the constitution, ratify the subscription fees and confirm the election of the executive. At the same meeting the Wollongong Chapter was established as the first regional chapter for the purpose of facilitating the APMN's aims and objects at parish and diocesan level. October 2011 also saw the first issue of the APMN e-newsletter.
In December 2011 the APMN held its first workshop - on Copyright. In 2012 the Wollongong Chapter, in conjunction with the Diocese of Wollongong, conducted four workshops and events in Wollongong, Varroville, the Southern Highlands and Campbelltown. The national body has continued to organise a national series of workshops on copyright.
In January 2014 the APMN held its first national conference, as Platinum sponsor of the Lift Up Your Hearts Liturgy Conference in Wollongong. The APMN will hold its second national conference in October 2015 in Brisbane.
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