I was fortunate enough to attend BIGSOUND last week in Brisbane. The buzz and atmosphere was engaging with musicians, producers, artists and audiences discovering the depths and diversity of Australian talent. Conversations and discussions flowed from lectures, pitches, gigs and panels with a range of different fields and topics highlighting the commonalities and differences that connect us together to make up the Australian music community.

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Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
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Deep Cuts to Arts South Australia Follow State Budget

Arts South Australia is facing a $4.9 million contraction in funding contraction and a reduction on staffing of least 42% in 2018-2019. The news follows the State Government’s surprise dismissal of its executive director Peter Louca last month. Full story





Opera in the Swimming Pool: Lost and Found’s Actéon

Lost and Found is staging Charpentier’s Actéon in a swimming pool this month in another novel choice of venue for this innovative WA opera company. Its artistic director Chris van Tuinen says it highlights this work’s gender politics. Full story



Computer Games: The New Gateway to Classical Music for Millennials

A study by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has found that 15 per cent of children aged six to 15 have gained their first experience of classical music listening to soundtracks to computer games. The situation could be similar in Australia. Full story



Electronic Music Conference (EMC) heralds a new era in 2018, introducing a number of exciting changes to the annual conference and electronic music events program held 14 - 15 November in Sydney. Music Australia members are entitled to 20% off Electronic Music Conference tickets, if you are already a member simply contact us to receive your discount code. Not yet a member? Sign up here





‘One Song’ Animation Video Launches

Each year, through collaboration between Music: Count Us In and Why Music Matters, an animated video is created by talented young artists to accompany the annual program song. Full story




TSO’s Path-leading Educational Program

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has a strongly developed educational program that is well integrated into the state’s school system and wider community. We look at how it is particularly focused around composition and extensively uses online resources. Full story




Music Education: the Secret Sauce to Keeping Robots off your Jobs

We look into the effect of automation in music education and the job market. Full story




Settlement Services International and Australian Women in Music Awards Team Up to Increase Recognition of Diversity in Music

The new partnership aims to encourage a spotlight on culturally diverse female artists and music practitioners through the creation of the SSI Diversity in Music Award. Full story



The Mustard Mix

We look into The Mustard Mix, a collection of artists working together to showcase other artists. Currently specialising in the documentation of Brisbane’s growing music scene, Mustard aims to shed light on, and assist in, the development of local talent. 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.

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Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards
Nominations close 27 September
If you are one of our 12 Award recipients, you can receive a 12-month Fellowship that includes $10,000 for professional development and an overseas education visit valued at $5,000.


Toyota Star Maker

Applications close 1 October
Each year Star Maker invites aspiring country music artists to compete for a range of opportunities that will provide a substantial career boost for the winner.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

The Science of Culture Change

6 September, Brisbane
The Australian Music Industry Network with the support of APRA AMCOS, will host a forum on the science of culture change at BIGSOUND 2018. The forum will be facilitated by Monash University's Behaviourworks team, who have extensive experience in the research and delivery of change programs across multiple industries.

Desert Divas Development Program

19 September – 3 October, Alice Springs
MusicNT is pleased to announce that Indigenous women in music will have the opportunity to collaborate, workshop and develop their songs and music through a Desert Divas development program.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


Meeting Place
24 – 26 September, Alice Springs

Presented by Arts Access Australia, this will be the first time Meeting Place is held in regional Australia and will provide an important opportunity to hear the stories of our regional artists with a disability.

Australian Band and Orchestra Conference

4 – 9 October, Queensland
Australian Band and Orchestra Conference (ANBOC) will be the premier gathering for Australian instrumental music educators and ensemble directors, providing delegates with extensive professional development activities, outstanding performances and masterclasses, as well a broad range of networking opportunities.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Department of Social Services, Volunteer Grants
Applications close 18 September

Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

Arts On Tour Community Presenter Touring Grant

Applications close 24 September
The purpose of the Community Presenter Touring Grant is to extend the reach of professional productions to smaller towns and remote communities in NSW that do not have a professional performing arts venue, by providing funds towards the performance fee of touring productions.

Contemporary Music Touring Program

Applications close 2 October
The Contemporary Music Touring Program supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Sydney Opera House, Classical Producer

Applications close 20 September
The Sydney Opera House is an iconic Australian institution that embodies beauty, inspiration and the liberating power of art and ideas.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Production Manager
Applications close 28 September

The Production Manager is responsible for all technical and logistical elements of all Sydney Symphony Orchestra concerts, Sydney Symphony Presents concert as well as all non-concert events.

Michael Sollis, Production Partner

Applications close 28 September
Composer and Artistic Director Michael Sollis is employing a Production Partner for future projects. Ideal for anyone who is curious and passionate for facilitating innovative arts projects that explore the world around us.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Lisa Gasteen National Opera School Presents Ariadne auf Naxos
Conservatorium Theatre, South Brisbane 9 December to 11 December
Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos is an opera to be enjoyed on many levels with its glorious music styles and witty plot.

Ball Park Music with San Cisco

Friday 14 September, Great Hall, University of Wollongong

Two of Australia's most celebrated indie-pop outfits, Ball Park Music and San Cisco, have joined forces for a co-headline tour. Catch them and all their fun loving pop bliss this Friday in Wollongong.

Bush Bands Business and Bash
16 September, Telegraph Station, Alice Springs
Catch one of the biggest showcase of Aboriginal music in Australia. This year's line-up includes South East Desert Metal, Ripple Effect, Barkly Drifters, Simpson Desert Band, Coloured Rainbow Band, Mimili Yanku, plus Sand Tracks acts Black Rock Band and Saltwater Band alongside MusicNT's Desert Divas.



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