Teachers and students across the nation are counting down to our Music: Count Us In Celebration Day next Thursday 1 November, when singing stops the nation.
This year we have had record numbers of participants including almost 700,000 students, 10,000 teachers and 3,400 schools. We encourage you to join us in celebrating this wonderful event as it is live streamed from Hobart, Tasmania from 12.00pm (EDT).
If you are a music teacher or know someone who is, it is not too late to register and to be part of the largest free music education program in Australia.

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Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
CEO, Music Australia





Music, Mood and Work Efficiency

International research is recommending that companies use music as a tool to assist in work efficiency. Different music genres can alter staff members’ moods so they will be more productive and content in their workplace. Full story





Digital Revenue Leads the Way in a Record-setting Financial Year for APRA AMCOS

For the first time in the collective rights organisation’s history, the group revenue for the 2017/18 financial year reached $420.2 million. Digital overtook radio and TV broadcast for the first time with both sectors demonstrating growth. Full story



MPA Framework Consultation Paper: Submissions Invited

An overhaul of the 20 year-old Major Performing Arts Framework is underway with a Consultation Paper that outlines a series of issues raised by stakeholders and the public in July and August. The paper is inviting submissions by November. Full story





The Song That Stops The Nation

The Music: Count Us In program culminates in Celebration Day on Thursday 1 November with over half a million students around Australia joining together in song. Full story




Victorian Opera’s Innovative Opera Teaching Program For F-6 children

Victorian Opera introduced a livestream teaching program this year called Access All Areas. In this, students at primary schools more than 150 kilometres from Melbourne are able to participate interactively with online workshops designed to introduce them to opera. Full story



‘The Notation Argument’: A Contested Area In Music Education

Debate on the subject of musical literacy has flared up over an opinion column by Jon Henschen in Intellectual Takeout. Skills in reading music have been eroded in US public schools during the last 20 years, he argues. Full story




Benefits of Music Explored in SA Health’s Artist in Residence Program

Mental health patients at Adelaide’s Glenside Hospital are participating in African drumming classes as a means for managing depression and anxiety, in a fantastic initiative called South Australia Health’s Artist in Residence Program. Full story





All the latest music opportunities - here and online! 


Access our complete suite of Opportunities at your leisure on our website. Your one-stop-shop for all the latest music information: competitions, awards, funding, jobs, conferences, events, workshops, resources and more. View the OPPORTUNITIES section on our website now! And the latest opportunities are below.

To share an Opportunity send us an email. 


Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Awards:

African Music Awards
Applications close 12 November
The African Music Awards celebrate, acknowledge and honour African music artists based in Australia.

The Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers

Applications close 1 December
The Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers encourages the creation of new Canadian chamber music by up-and-coming composers.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

Electronic Music For Beginners

29 October, Yarraville
An introduction to the world of electronic music using Ableton Live music creation software . Learn the basics of electronic music creation and creative ways to broaden your musical abilities.

SAMAG Presents Building Culture

5 November, Sydney
Hear from a panel of cultural leaders who are both in the midst and on the other side of significant physical growth for their arts organisations.


Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Nocturnal Cities Forum

3 November, Nova Scotia
Nocturnal Cities Forum will explore the relationship between city planning, strategy, development and the night time economy.

Four Winds Youth Music Festival
16 – 18 November, Barragga Bay

A mass gathering of musically-inspired young people from across our region and beyond.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:

Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship

Applications close 31 October
The Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship is an annual scholarship offered by Arts Access Victoria (AAV) which recognises the power of the arts to influence social change. It honours the life and activism of the late Lesley Hall, a tireless advocate for the human rights of people with disability.

Queensland Government Individuals Fund

Applications close 4 November
The Individuals Fund is for individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Associate Lecturer / Lecturer in Contemporary Music
Applications close 11 November

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney, seeks to appoint an Associate Lecturer or a Lecturer to the Contemporary Music Practice division on a full-time continuing basis. The ideal candidate will have had a wide experience in the contemporary music field and understand the relationships between performance practice, industry requirements and higher education. They will also have had public or industry recognition for your achievements and career in music at the highest level (awards, features, festival headlining etc).


Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Associate Lecturer, Lecturer in Contemporary Music

Applications close 11 November
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is looking for an Associate Lecturer or a Lecturer to the Music Education division on a full-time continuing basis. The successful candidate will have PhD or equivalent (for Level A, enrolment in a HDR program) in a related field of music education, will have begun establishing a research profile nationally or internationally, and will have practical experience in music education (classroom teaching, any age group).

Yamaha Music Australia, Music Teachers
Applications close 12 November

Yamaha Music Australia is on the hunt for some passionate, energetic and skilled music teachers to join its growing team in Melbourne.


National Arts and Disability Strategy Survey
Last month, the Government announced it was renewing the National Arts and Disability Strategy (NADS) in 2019. But before they renew, they want to hear from artists, arts-workers, and art-lovers with disability; organisations; support-workers; and any other key stakeholders that the strategy affects.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda - Limited Sessions

26 October, Dendy Cinemas, Newtown

One of the most important artistic minds of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades, from techno-pop star, to actor, to Oscar-winning film composer. A constant innovator, Mr Sakamoto’s music has evolved in lockstep with his evolution as an artist and thinker.


Key Supporters 

  • The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
  • Thomson Geer Lawyers
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