Students and teachers from the Australian National Academy of Music have played classical music in Parliament House to protest against the school's closure.
Two violinists entered the House of Representatives entrance and a lone cellist greeted senators on the opposite side of Parliament House.
Last month federal Arts Minister Peter Garrett announced that funding for the classical music school will be cut and instead go to a new body operating in conjunction with Melbourne University.
The academy is set to be stripped of its funding and the $2.5 million will now be given to Melbourne University's School of Music instead.
The academy's artistic director, Brett Dean, says the Government is throwing the baby out with the bath water.
"Any institution needs to have accountability," he said.
"My big difficulty with all of this is that it hasn't acknowledged the artistic credibility of the place."
Mr Garrett announced that students from the academy will be given help to find a place in the new school, which Mr Dean says is a sign Mr Garrett has been listening.
But Mr Dean says he does not want a situation where students are being moved from a place where they have flourished to a place where their future is much less certain.
"The language of the most recent announcement certainly seems to acknowledge that the academy has a fine reputation and isn't the dysfunctional baby that they thought they were getting rid of," he said.
He says current facilities at Melbourne University's music department or conservatorium and Victorian College of the Arts are already overstretched.
Greens will move a Senate motion today calling on the Government to impose a 12-month moratorium on the closure of the academy.
Greens Senator Christine Milne says the Government needs to allow the students to remain at the school while its future is discussed.
"These brilliant young students don't know where they're going next year, there are no transitional arrangements in place," she said.
"The Prime Minister would not do this to his own children nor would Minister Garrett, nor would I, and so this is a bad decision and the Parliament needs to intervene here."
Rock musician Paul Kelly and actor Geoffrey Rush are among other high-profile Australians who have come to Parliament House in support of the Australian Academy of Music.
Mr Dean says the protest is designed to have their music be heard.
"I think actions often speak louder than words," he said.
"This decision has been made without the minister or his advisers ever setting foot in our premises in South Melbourne or ever hearing a note of music that we play.
"We've been criticised in the past for being inefficient and ineffective, now on Friday the Minister claims that we have such a strong reputation that they want to keep the name [for the new school at Melbourne University].
"They need to realise how that name has come to stand for such excellence and that is because we have a team that can deliver and provide these services."
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