We’re saddened to hear another live music venue is closing in Perth, but heartened that 400 people turned up for an industry led meeting to discuss addressing this issue in the West – we wish them the best. Read this story and more below.
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New Music Cities Convention

Prominent academics, industry figures and consultants will gather in Brighton, UK, on 13 May 2015 for the world’s first Music Cities Convention.  Read our full story here.



Digital leaps in Denmark

Digital recorded music sales grew rapidly in Denmark last year, passing the halfway point for the first time, and making up for ground lost from download and physical revenues.
Read our full story here.



Music soothes people and now animals

We’ve previously reported on proposals to use music to calm the public in UK railway stations. Now a study by the Scottish SPCA that has found that classical music can calm dogs and reduce their stress levels.
Read our report here.






Venue closure in the West prompts talk of action

 The impending closure of 600 seat Perth venue the Bakery this year on top of other recent closures has prompted widespread discussions, an industry forum, and a response from the West Australian Government. Read our report here.




Lindy Morrison Receives Highest Honour at 2015 Rolling Stone Awards

 Ex-Go Betweens drummer and Music Australia Councillor Lindy Morrison has been awarded the 2015 Rolling Stone Award, for her outstanding contribution to the arts. Read our full story here.




Melbourne Tennis Court Doubles As Live Music Venue

Following extensive renovations, Melbourne’s famous Margaret Court Arena is now doubling up as a world-class, mid-size live music venue, with a slew of international artists scheduled to appear throughout 2015. Read our report here.




Victoria Gains New Food, Wine and Music Festival

29 March 2015 will see the inaugural Peninsula Picnic, a new festival combining live music, locally-sourced produce and local wine, to be held at the Mornington Race Course, Victoria. Our full story here



New WA Opera director is champion of the new

West Australian Opera looks poised to take on more contemporary opera under its new artistic director, Brad Cohen. WA Opera chairman Terry Bowen says he will bring a strong involvement in the commissioning and performance of new music. Our full story here.



Hopes fade for another Melbourne Ring

It seems unlikely that Melbourne will restage last year’s Ring Cycle because Victorian Major Events Company is reluctant to provide further funding. Meanwhile, Sydney has already expressed interest in staging Australia’s next Ring Cycle. Our full story here.




What critics thought of The Rabbits

What did critics think of The Rabbits, the Perth Festival’s new opera with music by singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke? Most seem to have liked its simple, powerful story-telling and eclectic mix of pop, cabaret and classical. Our full story here.




ABS survey: classical music bucks the trend

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey finds that classical music is the only category that attracts older Australians in greater numbers than the younger Australians. But Australians most love going to the cinema, it reveals. Our full story here.




Investment company to donate to children’s music

The Australian Children’s Music Foundation is in line to receive funds from the country’s first listed investment company aimed at donating money to charities. Future Generation Investment Company is donating to several children’s charities including the ACMF. Our full story here.

Musicians teach music better than class teachers

Musicians, not class teachers, should be teaching music to young children, a new book says. Musical Childhoods: Explorations in the pre-school years concludes that specialist musicians do a better job of engaging and involving young children in music. Our full story here.

AMEB allows recorded accompaniments in exams

Controversy has erupted following a decision by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) to allow recorded accompaniments in its exams. Conductor Richard Gill and Sydney music teacher Warrick Dobbie have spoken out strongly against the decision. Our full story here.




Nordoff-Robbins to Host Easter High Tea

On 29 March 2015, Nordoff-Robbins will host Easter High Tea at the Belle Saveur Patisserie (551 High St, Penrith) to raise funds for the Sandra Cogswell Scholarship. Live music will be performed by Sheridan Gaudry, of the International School of Music Penrith, while chef-owner Justin Baker will provide an array of fine food. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Tickets, priced at $45 per person, can be booked by calling Brenda on 02 4736 0240 or by email.

‘Skinny Guide’ Suggests Development Plan for Remote Indigenous Community Festivals

A new guide, created and published by Darwin-based record label Skinnyfish Music, examines the important role played by indigenous community festivals in community development, using Barunga Festival as a case study.
Our full story here.

Community Music Victoria – Call for instruments

Community Music Victoria are looking for pre-loved instruments that are still playable for their StreetSounds Project.  StreetSounds is all about creating new opportunities for Victorians of all abilities and ages to play music with others. To support this initiative drop them a line here




Conferences, Seminars, Events, Competitions


KODALY VIC Autumn Seminar 2015: Melbourne

15 - 16 May
This professional development seminar for music educators offers excellent practitioners and innovative resources for Australian classrooms.   A range of workshops can enrich your teaching and increase your skills in musicianship; aural training; teaching materials; choral repertoire and Kodaly pedagogy.  Registration and information here

The Australian National Choral Association’s Choralfest: Melbourne

9 - 12 April
The 2015 Choralfest gives choral conductors the opportunity to work with conductors of international standing as well as Australia's finest. Experience some of Australia's best choirs and a rich program of workshops with sessions for Primary and Secondary Aged Choirs, Community Choirs and special interest areas. Registrations and information here

ASME National Conference: Adelaide

30 Sep – 2 Oct
Conference theme - Music: Educating for Life
ASME 2015 highlights the value of music learning in formal and non-formal contexts. Includes keynote speakers (Richard Gill OAM, Katie Wardrobe and Professor Graham Welch), workshops from leading educators, performances, and a young composers component. Call for Papers deadline 31 March 2015.  Registrations and information here

AWME Showcase applications now open

The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) are currently taking submissions from export ready artists that are interested in showcasing at this years event to be held 12 - 15 November 2015 in Melbourne. More info here

Multicultural Arts Victoria - Visible Music Mentoring Program 2015 Expressions of Interest now open

Visible is a music mentoring program that has given a kick start to many emerging musicians from refugee and Indigenous backgrounds. If you are an artist from a refugee or emerging cultural background and are interested in joining, please contact Jess Fairfax here or phone 03 9188 3681.

Artology – Fanfare Competition

If you are aged 12-21 with a passion for composition - start writing! Your work could be heard by 1,000’s of people at the Sydney Opera House and pre-recorded by a live orchestra. An Artology, Sydney Opera House, Australian Youth Orchestra and ATYP Project.




Josh Pyke Partnership

Josh Pyke (in conjunction with APRA) is offering an unsigned musician the exciting opportunity to receive mentorship and funding that will help to grow their career. Apply here.


APRA AMCOS - Music Grants Program

APRA AMCOS music grants program invest in projects, events and organisations that support, develop and invest in our members’ music. Applications are open now and close on 31 May.


Creative Partnerships - MATCH Grants closing soon

MATCH provides dollar-for-dollar matched funding of up to $10,000 for private sector crowdfunding campaigns in support of an arts project. More info here.


RAA – Regional Arts Development Fellowships

The Fellowship program supports regional artists and arts workers to develop their professional practice, promote the work of regional artists nationally and internationally and deliver benefits to communities. Details here.




The Australian Boys Choir - Manager

The Manager plays a key role in strategic planning, financial management, project development and providing administrative support to the highly motivated musical staff and volunteer teams. More Info

Griffith Uni – Musical Lecturer

QCGU seeks to make an appointment in the area of Musical Theatre, with a specialisation in one or more of the following areas; Choreographing/Directing and/or Musical Directing. More Info 

Griffith Uni - Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer, Opera Studies

The Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer, Opera Studies will make a substantial contribution to the teaching profile of QCGU in the area of Opera. More Info

Federation University Victoria – Singing Lecturer

The right candidate will contribute to the development and delivery of the Singing courses and Performing Arts program at undergraduate and graduate levels in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. More info

Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Assistant Conductor Development Program

QSO’s Assistant Conductor Development Program is an exceptional opportunity for an aspiring Conductor to build their skills and competencies in all aspects of preparing for an orchestral performance. More Info

Central Coast Conservatorium – Program Manager

Central Coast Conservatorium offers a unique Step-by-Step Program for all ages and abilities as well as nationally recognised courses for students seeking a career pathway in music. More Info

Music Victoria –
Program-Operations Manager, Office Coordinator, Business Development Manager

The Program manager Operations Manager will be offered a fifteen month contract to manage a number of key programs for Music Victoria, the State’s peak contemporary music industry body. Closing 10 March, apply here.
Office Coordinator and Business Development Manager info here.

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra TUTTI DOUBLE BASS

Ongoing full time position based in Hobart. Applications close 4 May, auditions 18 May.


Key Supporters


· Australia Council for the Arts
· The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
· City of Sydney
· Clipper Property Group
· Thomson Geer Lawyers

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