Our sector never ceases to amaze, 150 people rolled up to our Contemporary Music Roundtable, tripling its size. Read Wrap Up here, and highlights of  music industry chiefs 2020 Forecasts here.
If in Sydney on 19 Aug, do get along to Music Box Project with Ynights, a terrific and much needed boost to Sydney’s Indie classical music scene.
We’re in Melbourne on 31 August presenting two talks on Contemporary Music Touring with a top panel at the APACA performing arts conference. If you’re there, join us!
Not one of 45,000 viewers of our Music: Count Us In school music Sing-Along Video Let It Play? Check it out here.

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Chris Bowen
Music Australia





Moving forward with classical radio – optimism overseas

While concerns have been raised over future programming at ABC Classic FM and Radio Adelaide, experiences overseas with classical music radio offer scope for optimism. The UK’s BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM are experiencing positive growth. Full story 





Australian Music Industry Trends and Forecast – The Expert View 

For a second year chiefs of Australia’s three major music industry bodies shared insights on sales, royalties, trends, and forecasts at our Roundtable. Positive growth and projections in music royalties and sales were tempered by less optimism for a live sector still in flux. Full story



$202 million upgrade to cure Sydney Opera House’s acoustics

The Sydney Opera House’s concert hall poor acoustics will be improved in an $202 million upgrade planned to commence in 2019 and be completed by 2021. Lowering its ceiling to help audibility is a major part of the plan. Full story 


Become a Music Australia member today

Music Australia is rolling out a new membership program. Reduced funding has made us more determined to be an independent and resolute champion for Australia music. Not a member yet? We’d love to welcome you aboard. Membership benefits and services are listed on our website

We are also open to partnerships with industry organisations, delivering reciprocal benefits jointly to all our members. Strengthened memberships enable us to be a more forceful voice for Australian music. Sign up as an Individual or Organisational member today



Jewish refugees in Australia book launch 

A landmark book by Albrecht Dümling that traces the history of German-Jewish musicians who came to Australia in the 1930s as refugees has been translated into English. Titled The Vanished Musicians, it will be launched in Sydney and Melbourne. Full story



More Busking and Pop-Ups To Boost Sydney’s Night-Time Economy

The Sydney Night-Time Economy Roundtable has released a music-filled, 25-point action plan. Full story



Red Tape To Be Slashed Across SA’s Music Scene

In a bold move that promises to overhaul South Australia’s live music scene, the State Government has committed to the Change@SA 90-Day Streamlining Live Music Regulation Project. Full story




AYO return home triumphantly after Europe-China tour

The Australian Youth Orchestra completed its 22nd international tour on 8 August in a nine-concert tour to Germany, the Netherlands, China and finally Melbourne and Sydney. Amongst its highlights was a standing ovation at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Full story

Working Together to Bring Joy to Australian Children – It’s ‘Why Music Matters’

Music: Count Us In and the Why Music Matters campaign are celebrating their 5th year of a partnership dedicated to helping students engage with the joy and power of music in their lives. The animation of ‘Let It Play’ from the Why Music Matters campaign has just launched. Full story




Pacific Pride Choir invite LGBTQI choristers and friends to join their 2017 tour 

Inspired by an overseas tour in 2014, two long-term members of Sydney’s community choir scene are launching the Pacific Pride Choir, an occasional touring choir which aims to increase visibility and acceptance of LGBTQI people. Full story

New Choir Substitutes Bartering For Membership Fees

Participants can learn to sing in exchange for goods or services by joining a new Victorian reciprocal choir. Full story




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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. Want to share an Opportunity? Then send us an email. 


Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:


Melbourne Welsh Male Choir Singer of the Year 2016 Competition

Entries Close 26 Aug
Melbourne Welsh Male Choir invite singers, 35 years and under, to participate in this annual competition, sponsored by one of Australia’s leading male choirs. Iceland to play as part of the official lineup for Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik..

Melbourne Music Bank

Applications close 27 August
Applications are open for The Melbourne Music Bank Prize. Submit your original work to ‪#‎MelbMusicBank by Aug 27 for the chance to win a career-making prize – including studio time, an east coast tour, an EP release, two music videos, a team of industry experts, a spot on the Beyond The Valley line-up, and more.

Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition

Registrations close 1 Sep

This international competition see young string quartets and piano trios from all over the world converge on Vienna from 20 February – 2 March 2017 to compete artistically for the seventh time. 


Emerge Youth Art Awards

Applications close 20 August
Applications are open for young bands and solo acts under 25 to perform at the Emerge Youth Art Awards on Saturday 20 August. Young artists who would like to perform during the art exhibition and awards ceremony are encouraged to apply. It’s a paid opportunity.


The Australia Council Awards

Nominations close 4 Oct
These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding contributions across multiple artforms. They are awarded by the Board of the Australia Council, informed by key industry advisors. The Australia Council will present the Awards to eight distinguished Australian artists in March 2017.


Programs, Workshops & Resources


Applications closing soon for these Workshops & Programs:

Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy

Enrolments open for Spring term, 10 Oct - 18 Nov
Enrolments are now open for the following short courses:

  • Music Foundations / Singing

  • Instrumental / Ensemble

  • Music Technology / Music Business

Music Production for the Songwriter, AIM

5 Sep - 10 Oct, Sydney
Do you have a song already written? Want to take your song to the next level? Learn how to produce, edit, engineer, record & mix it. This is the course for you.

Music Theatre Audition Masterclass, WAAPA

10 Sep, Perth
This Masterclass will help demystify what can be a daunting process – the musical audition. Run by WAAPA's Co-ordinator of Music Theatre David King and resident director Crispin Taylor, this Masterclass will give you techniques to deal with the most challenging musical audition. The three-hour session includes mock auditions for singing, acting and dance and prepares auditionees for all challenges from cattle-call to call-back. It is suitable for professional and amateur performers, teachers and prospective WAAPA students.

Music for Film & TV, 14-17 year olds, AFTRS

27 - 28 Sep, Sydney
Are you interested in how to make music for film and TV? Learn how, in this exciting, challenging and rewarding two day course under the guidance of a professional Screen Music Composer using AFTRS' state of the art film and music facilities.



Conferences, Seminars, Workshops & Events


Conferences, Seminars & Events just around the corner:

Arts and Refugees Forum

19- 20 Aug, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Held over two days in August, the ARTS AND REFUGEES FORUM connects people working in the intersection of arts and refugees, a platform for greater networking and development opportunities. Open to artists, performers, art therapists, educators, researchers, art workers and creative producers, the Forum also welcomes humanitarian and community development workers to share experiences and discuss artistic practice by, with and about refugees. 

OCA presents Montaigne in Conversation   

24 Aug, Sydney
Presented by Oxford Creative Academy (OCA), Montaigne will discuss how she got her break, her high ­rotation Triple J success,  her upcoming debut album, and performing at Splendour In The Grass this year. The panel features music industry professionals who record, represent, book and promote influential young artists on a daily basis, along with a representative from APRA AMCOS.


Music Everyday: Inspiring Creators and Participators 

25 Aug, Adelaide
Join Richard Gill AM, one of Australia’s foremost music educators, for an interactive workshop to discover ways to place music at the forefront of everyday learning in the primary school.

Arts Activated 2016 ‘Pathways to Practice’, Sydney

20 - 21 Sep
Arts Activated 2016 ‘Pathways to Practice’, will explore the varied paths that artists with disability take in developing their practice during their career and how organisations are fostering pathways for artists and audiences with disability.

Sydney Conservatorium Organ Music Academy (SCOMA ’16) 

28 Sep - 2 Oct

Applications are invited from young organists (16-30yrs) to participate in a 5 day organ academy studying with Dutch master Sietze de Vries focussing on liturgical improvisation and Australian organist Sarah Kim exploring repertoire interpretation from the Baroque era onwards with a specific focus on her expertise of French organ music from the 19th & 20th centuries.


IAML Australia Conference 2016

29 - 30 Sep, Brisbane
This popular workshop is an essential professional development opportunity for non-specialist library staff dealing with music related requests at public, state and academic libraries.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:

Folk Alliance Australia Small Grants Scheme

Applications close 19 Aug
The Folk Alliance Australia (FAA) have just launched their Small Grants scheme for folk music projects or groups. Four $3000 grants are available to those who whose projects will enhance and lift the profile of the folk music community and industry in Australia.


Waterloo Creative Live/Work Space

EOIs close 25 August
The City of Sydney is seeking applications for a new creative live/work space in Waterloo.  Located within the Waterloo Library grounds, the self-contained apartment is available for artists or creative workers who are open to collaborating with the library.


Creative Partnerships Plus1 Funding

Applications close 26 Aug
Creative Partnerships Plus1 matched funding program supports small to medium arts organisations to attract new donors, build relationships and networks and boost their fundraising skills. Plus1 gives small to medium arts and cultural organisations dollar-for-dollar matched funding for fundraising campaigns.


Arts Tasmania Artsbridge

Applications close 1 Sep
Artsbridge supports individual artists, partnerships, collaborations and unincorporated groups working in any artform to undertake opportunities that arise at short notice. These may be interstate or overseas and should be strategically important to your professional and artistic development.


Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso International Residency

Application closes 1 Sep
Claudio Alcorso International Residency program is offered in partnership with the Alcorso Foundation and supports individual artists working in any artform to undertake self-directed residencies and professional development opportunities overseas.


Project funding – Regional Capital, ArtsNSW

Applications close 5 Sep
Funds are available for the improvement of arts and cultural infrastructure and the purchase of equipment used for arts and cultural purposes.


Arts Queensland, Individuals Fund

Applications close 6 Sep
The Individuals Fund is for individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.


Professional Development funding – Artist Support, ArtsNSW

Applications close 12 Sep
Artist support funding provides professional development opportunities for NSW based professional artists and arts/cultural workers to support skills development, take up outstanding opportunities of significance for their practice, develop markets or engage with new technologies.


Ian Potter Cultural Trust

Applications close 13 Sep
Grants are made to practising artists for professional development opportunities, usually overseas. The Trust primarily supports structured professional development overseas such as Postgraduate study, mentoring or private lessons, or residencies or study tours which have a clear educational focus.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs:


SIMA, General  

Applications close 19 Aug
The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) is seeking to appoint a General Manager. This role works with the Board and Artistic Director to help shape the organisation’s vision and oversee the delivery of a broad range of creative projects that assist Australia’s jazz artists create and showcase their work. Download the SIMA General Manager Position Description.


Opera Australia, Coordinator - Artistic Resources

Applications close 19 August
Opera Australia is looking for a Coordinator for their Artistic Resources Department to work from their Sydney office.

Programming Coordinator, Sydney Opera House Trust

Applications close 21 Aug
As one of four Programming Coordinators, this position works across all art forms and is responsible for providing a range of support to the SOHP Producers for the efficient delivery of SOHP festivals and artistic programs, including artist liaison, logistics, and administration.


Melbourne Youth Music, Music Library Coordinator

Applications close 22 Aug
Melbourne Youth Music is seeking to appoint to appoint a dynamic and capable Music Library Coordinator.


Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM), Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Music (Voice)

Applications Close 28 Aug
The MCM seeks to appoint an innovative and committed Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Music (Voice) who will make a significant contribution to the teaching, coordination and provision of undergraduate and graduate music degrees.


Cultural Development Coordinator, Wodonga Council

Applications close 29 Aug
Join Wodonga Council's Arts and Events team in this full time role.


Belconnen Arts Centre, Marketing Manager

Applications close 29 August
The Marketing Manager role has a whole of organisation scope and must engage with and be responsive to Belconnen Arts Centre’s people, its creative program and the commercial business while always looking outwards on what is happening in the arts, cultural, creative and community life that surrounds us.


Casual Systems Coordinator, FBi Radio

Sydney based independent youth broadcaster is recruiting this Casual Role to help the station manage its IT infrastructure.

Retail Sales Person with Violin and Cello knowledge

Based in Sydney, a Chatswood family owned specialist in orchestral stringed instruments is seeking someone with previous retail experience as well as a tertiary qualification. You must also be a musician with an ability to play the violin, viola or cello.

Assistant, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG)

UMPG has an opportunity available for an Assistant reporting to the President, Asia Pacific UMPG and Vice President Creative, ANZ.




Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster

Expressions of interest close 15 November
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has two Concertmasters who both lead the Orchestra throughout the year.  SSO is seeking a musician of outstanding ability for one of their Concertmaster positions, leading the Orchestra for 8-12 weeks annually, commencing in 2017/18.


Leichhardt Wind Orchestra

Leichhardt Wind Orchestra is currently looking for new players. A local Inner West of Sydney ensemble committed to playing a wide range of wind orchestra repertoire from composers such as Holst, Grainger, Vaughan Williams, Barnes, Stravinsky and more.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Stampede the Stampede

19 – 20 Aug, Campbelltown, NSW
Tim Darbyshire expands choreography to new realms by means of machinery, object, lighting and sound configurations. A stampede of the senses, the work uses layering, endurance and absurd irrationality to create a turbulent and controlling world.

yMusic + the music box project

Aug 19, Sydney

BACKSTAGE: a living space for living music presents yMusic (NYC) and the music box project (SYD) in back to back sets exploring the latest music from the USA and Australia.


Tunnel Number Five: A Festival of Underground Music

16 – 20 Aug, Northern Territory
A series of five concerts staged inside Darwin’s WWII historic WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. Artistic Director Anne Norman delivers new and culturally diverse soundscapes the project combines exceptional musical talent from across Australia to deliver new and culturally diverse sound-scapes, responding to the reverberant tunnel itself, surprising the audience and performers alike.

Music in the Round

4 Sep, Melbourne
Presented by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation with Artistic Director Chris Howlett, this event showcases Australia’s leading and emerging classical musicians in the Convent’s unconventional spaces. This year, Music in the Round presents its largest program to date, with 26 musicians performing 12 concerts across four historic venues.

The Muses Trio: The Spirit and the Maidin, for Sydney Fringe

Sept 15-17, Sydney
The Muses Trio are some of Australia’s leading and most exciting musicians in contemporary classical music, known for their edgy, spine tingling and virtuosic performance style: Christa Powell (violin, Topology), Louise King (Cello Dreaming) and Therese Milanovic (piano, Topology).


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