Welcome to Summer Edition #4

Great to be back after a proper break, thanks to our fabulous team of Andy, Clare & Maeve for keeping the summer enews desk ticking over.

Sharing some classical reflections, attendance data, and a few cool initiatives that inspire us. It may be time for a national classical and art music conversation – anyone up for it? Let us know.

And Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski has come out on the front foot in a rare media interview,  The Australian reports.

What an outpouring for David Bowie - unprecedented in recent times. Inspiring for an artist, of such extraordinary talents, to move so many – in all walks of life. Just had his first ARIA Charts no. 1. And as Billboard’s Lars Brandle notes, he never had a US no. 1; that has just changed. Thank you David.

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Chris Bowen CEO
Music Australia




The first crowdfunded classical music pub opens its doors 

Utrecht has just opened its first crowdfunded classical music pub. It aims to take a fresh, integrative approach to classical music and hospitality. Along similar lines, Nonclassical presents new classical music in pubs, rock venues and nightclubs in London.  Full story





Contemporary Music Round Up

Here’s a selection of recent contemporary news: Adelaide becomes UNESCO City of Music, Queensland Contemporary Music Survey Findings, young musos advised to stop pandering to triple j, The Triffid owner speaks our against lock-out laws, and the last second of every AC/DC song. Full story


Where do Songwriters call home?

Ever wondered where Australia’s Blues and Roots songwriters live or where the cultural hotspots are? Well, now you know with APRA|AMCOS’ annual songwriter postcode report.  Full story



The world’s most performed living composer is Arvo Pärt

UK classical music database Bachtrack has found that there were more performances of Arvo Pärt’s music than any other living composer in 2015. Its data analysis also shows that Opera Australia is the third world’s busiest opera company. Full story



Local Heroes champions home-grown classical talent

Exclusively focused on Australian chamber music groups, the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes concert series has few programming parallels in this country. It presents groups and ensembles primarily from Melbourne but augments them with musicians from elsewhere around Australia. Full story




Classroom ‘Heroes’ – Celebrating David Bowie at School 

As we continue to mourn for the Starman himself, who died last week at the age of 69, the global community is finding new ways to ensure his legacy and celebrate his indelible contribution to music and popular culture.  Full story

National Music Camp soars with inspiration

National Music Camp has just finished for another year, with over 200 participants aged 12-30 coming together for an intensive two weeks of orchestral playing and associated career experiences. Artists in residence were James Crabb and Genevieve Lacey. Full story

Free classical music tuition for underprivileged Hong Kong children 

Underprivileged children in Hong Kong will be offered free violins and musical training in a new program being run by the Hong Kong String Orchestra. Benefitting from the program will be 240 children from low-income families. Full story

More details on how instrumental music teaching will be revamped in SA schools

More details have been made available on changes to the delivery of instrumental music teaching in SA public schools. A new plan will double the number of specialist music schools this year and increase the number to 20 in 2017. Full story




Fill those holiday afternoons with songwriting

Looking for an activity to fill rainy afternoons or occupy the kids during school holidays? Why not get your kids working on a submission for the 2016 Music: Count Us In Songwriting Competition. Open to students nationwide, the competition encourages young musicians to compose a song they'd love more than half a million kids to sing! Four talented writers are then selected to participate in a workshop with a high profile celebrity mentor, and our Program Ambassador, John Foreman. Full details for the competition are available on our website and parents with any questions should get in touch.




Competitions & Awards



2nd International Cochran Piano e-Competition – Registrations Now Open

Established in response to the needs and expectations of pianists, the Competition stands out thanks to its original evaluation methodology and award system, which enable its participants to enter another stage of their artistic development.

WAM Song Of The Year

Applications are open for West Australian Music (WAM) Song of the Year, with $40,000 worth of prizes on offer to WA songwriters of all ages, levels and genres. Submissions close 25 January.

Airlie Beach Music Festival – International Songwriting Competition

Songwriters are invited to write a love song about the Whitsundays. The competition will run from now until 7 May 2016 to find the best song and we are offering $5000 prize money to the winning song-writer!


Fanfare Competition – Call for submissions

8 young artists + 8 compositions = Sydney Opera House 
Open to young people aged 12-21 years to write a short 30 second composition to assist calling people to take their seats at the Sydney Opera House. To enter the competition complete the submission form online before 23 May 2016.


Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2016

Entries open Jan 2016
The second Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition with the support of a leading Australian Composer as well as over $1500 worth of cash and prizes on offer.

Forte 2016 - International Inter-School Music Competition

Jan-May 2016
A unique international music school competition bringing together students 12yrs & above across the world. Fabulous prizes to winning performances.

London International A Cappella Choral Competition

25 June - 1 July 2017

The third London International A Cappella Choral Competition, in association with Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars is now welcoming applications.


Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 & Awards - Registrations of interest now open

With over $120,000 in prizes and awards available, all music genres will be eligible.  An exciting new category will be added for 2016. Open to Victorian residents only, further information will be available early in the new year.  


Programs, Workshops & Masterclasses


Symphony Chorus Open Day

30 Jan
If you are an experienced singer, with the ability to read music, and would love the chance to sing in the Sydney Opera House, come along to the Symphony Chorus Open Day and audition

2016 Sydney Eisteddfod - Call for entries

Entries close 14 Mar
Performance opportunities and scholarships for aspiring and emerging performing artists in the categories of Classical Singing, Contemporary Singing, Choirs, Piano, Instrumental Solos, Instrumental Groups, Speech & Drama and Dance.

Jazz by Jazz Musicians Workshop

19 Mar
Join presenter Gai Bryant to workshop an exciting new eBook resource featuring music by some of Australia's finest jazz musicians. This workshop will demonstrate how high school music teachers can use the eBook to develop improvisation skills in the classroom, and will help teachers to develop lesson plans and engaging activities for jazz ensemble work. Accredited by BOSTES.

Cultural Infusion – National School Programs

Give your students the opportunity to interact with cultures from around the world and build appreciation of other people’s beliefs and lifestyles.  A range of programs are available. 

Conferences, Seminars, Events


Tilde New Music Festival

23-24 Jan 2016
Tilde New Music Festival is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of rarely-heard contemporary Australasian art music. 

Australian Performing Arts Market 2016

22-26 Feb

APAM is the leading biennial industry event for contemporary performing arts from Australia and New Zealand. The program has been announced and early bird registrations are available until 1 December.


International Live Music Conference (ILMC)– London

3-6 Mar
ILMC is the leading annual gathering of professionals involved in the global touring, festival and live entertainment industries.

Four Winds Festival

22-27 Mar
Exquisite Music. Exhilarating Place. Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival, Bermagui
With 80 artists, 21 events and 33 performances the Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival will bring six days of exquisite music to this beautiful part of the world. There is something for everyone and the festival experience is set to be a memorable one for music enthusiasts of all ages.

Brighton Music Conference

14-15 Apr
The UK's leading electronic dance music conference, for the industry by the industry. Tickets on sale now for Brighton Music Conference 2016.

Music Cities Convention - Brighton, UK

May 18
The Music Cities Convention is the world's largest and most extensive conference series focused on exploring new ideas and strategies between music and music industry development and issues surrounding city planning, diversity, employment, education, transportation, regulation and urban quality of life.

Classical: Next – Rotterdam, Netherlands

25 – 28 May
The Global meeting of art music innovators. Australian stand and presence with Sounds Australia, and special discounts for Australian delegates. Contact us at Music Australia for more information

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2016

Jun 9-13
The Melbourne International Singers Festival presents more opportunities to work with some of the world’s finest conductors, composers, arrangers and musicians. Full details of the festival available soon. Email us now to register your interest to workshop with Kirby Shaw, sing in any Festival events or feature your choir. 

32nd ISME World Conference – Glasgow

Jul 2016
An array of concerts featuring some of the world’s most exciting music from across the globe. Keynote speakers, researchers and practitioners will stimulate ways of thinking that are sure to impact your own practice and research. 

ISME  - Pre Conference: "IMAGINE THE FUTURE: Everyone Plays Music"

23-23 Jul 2016
Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy 

The ISME Commission Pre Conference Seminar  aims to promote Practice and Research in the fields of Special Music Education and Music Therapy through a range of presentations.

ISME – Community Music Activity (CMA) International Seminar

Jul 2016

Theme: Innovation and Change in Community Music. The seminar will bring together community music practitioners and scholars to celebrate and explore the music-making practices, pedagogies, and cultural politics that are currently shaping community music throughout the world.


Australian Songwriters conference

10-13 Jun 2016

The ASC focuses on the craft and business of songwriting and attracts writers from across Australia and internationally.


SXSW Music 2016 

Mar 2016
SXSW, the world’s biggest music market and conference, can - if right for you - be the place to reach the next rung of the ladder. 2,000 acts from numerous countries, and a plethora of genres perform each year. 

Australia Council for the Arts Marketing Summit 2016 - Save the Date

9-10 Jun 2016

Way out West Festival for Children – EOI Due 29 January

13-16 Jul
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre invites artists to submit a proposal for the 2016 Way out West Festival for Children (WOW Festival) 

Australian Songwriters conference

10-13 Jun 2016
The ASC focuses on the craft and business of songwriting and attracts writers from across Australia and internationally. Registrations are now open



Australia Council - International Residencies – New York

The International Residencies Program enables the artistic and market development of individual artists and groups. Residencies are available for set periods of time in key international locations. Expressions of interest for this new residency programs in New York closes 27 January 2016.  

Omi International Arts Centre - Music Residency

musicians, composers and performers from around the globe are invited to come together for two and a half weeks in a unique collaborative music making residency program in August 2016. EOIs close 27 January.

The Australia Council for the Arts is offering $5000 grants towards attending this program.

Australia Council for the Arts February Funding Round

Applications close on 2 February for the following funding programs:

Music Works Grants - Creative Victoria

designed to support opportunities for Victoria’s contemporary music industry through three key areas: Creating Content, Building Capacity and Connecting to Markets. There are two major funding rounds per year, offering funding from $2,500 up to $75,000. The next round will open 11 January and close 10 February.

NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships

offered by the State Government to support innovative young artists and arts and cultural workers from regional NSW to undertake a self-directed professional development program in their chosen field. In 2015-16, 25 Young Regional Artist Scholarships will be offered. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $10,000.  Submissions close 1 February. 

Creative Victoria -Touring Victoria

Creative Victoria is accepting applications support Victorian arts organisations or artists touring a professional production, performance, exhibition or program to regional and outer-metropolitan Victoria. Applications close 3 February for tours commencing after 1 July. 

Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) – Australia Council for the Arts

CMTP supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas. Applications close 2 February.

Creative Partnerships Australia – MATCH funding applications now open

Our MATCH program helps artists and groups identify and secure private sector support; fund their projects and build a sustainable practice. Applications close 4 December 2015.

Twenty-Three Days at Sea: A Travelling Artist Residency – Open Call

Access Gallery, in partnership with Burrard Arts Foundation, invites submissions for the second year of its Travelling Artist Residency Program, Twenty-Three Days at Sea. Twenty-Three Days at Sea grants selected emergent visual artists passage aboard cargo ships sailing from Vancouver, Canada to Shanghai.

James Morrison Jazz Scholarship

The “James Morrison Jazz Scholarship” is open to solo instrumentalists to further the jazz career of the successful entrant. The winner will receive $10,000 to assist in the development of their career. Applicants must be not older than 19 years as at 1st January 2016. Applications close 4 March.

Josh Pyke Partnership

APRA AMCOS, in conjunction with Josh Pyke, is bringing back the Josh Pyke Partnership for 2016, awarding a lucky Australian musician with a $7500 grant to kick-start their music career! Entries Close 31 March. 

Performers' Trust Foundation

The PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring and can be used to cover tuition fees, travel costs, accommodation and venue hire/ PA hire. 



New England Conservatorium of Music - Marketing & Administration Officer

The New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic person with marketing and administration experience to join its management team. If you are seeking to broaden your experience and career in regional arts management, this position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the flourishing cultural life in leading evocity Armidale, NSW. Closing Date: Monday 1 February 2016

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre- Development Manager

Applications close 5 February
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is seeking to appoint a dynamic person with a strong commitment to business development and fundraising to enable the Centre to gather the resources to develop our new vision of becoming a leading Centre for the Arts in Australia.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) – CEO

QSO seeks to appoint a new CEO to lead the company in the next exciting phase of development. Applications close 1 February.   

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (BREC) – General Manager

Applications close 29 January
BREC is seeking to appoint a new General Manager to lead the organisation into the exciting next phase of 

Merrigong Theatre Company - Head of Sound

Applications close 29 January

Brisbane Festival - Senior Business Development Coordinator

Applications close 27 January
The Senior Business Development Coordinator is responsible for the planning and administration of all hospitality experiences delivered by Brisbane Festival.

Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) – Communications Manager

Applications Close 29 January
AYO currently has the role of Communications Manager available in its Marketing and Communications Team in Sydney. 

AMPA - Senior Lecturer in Music

The Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) has an opportunity for a Senior Lecturer with expertise in, at minimum, one of the following areas: Music History, Harmony and/or Musicianship.

Tasmanian Youth Orchestra - General Manager

Tasmanian Youth Orchestra is seeking an enthusiastic General Manager to take the orchestra to the next stage of its vision.  

Opera Australia – Partnerships Coordinator

Opera Australia is seeking a Partnerships Coordinator for its Corporate Partnerships Division.
Applications close 29 January.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Co-Principal Trombone

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Principal Bassoon

Applications close Friday 22 January 2016.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Tutti 1st Violin

Applications close 25 Febuary  




OPERA IN THE DOMAIN Opera Australia, The Domain, NSW

23 Jan

Hear Australia's brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the magnificent backing of Opera Australia's very own Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

45 Sessions featuring Loop Professor, Sky Terrace, NSW

23 Jan
Funkdafied are proud to be working with Sydney Festival to bring you a second season of The 45 Sessions at the Sky Terrace DJ Series. The 45 Sessions is a unique event that showcases DJs who play all 7" vinyl. This Saturday New Zealand producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Fabulous (aka DJ Lord Echo) will be playing a set blending boogie-laced Funk, disco-primed Reggae, futuristic Soul, and timeless African rhythms.

Big Chill presents Sunday Chill Sessions The Boundary Hotel, West End QLD

24 Jan
A killer line up of live soul, roots, hip hop and live art with OKA (Sunshine Coast) Schoolfight (Legends),  Ofa Fanika (Captain Dreamboat), Sideshow Doug (Indigenous Intrudaz) & more

Triple J’s Hottest 100 Party, Newtown Social Club, NSW

26 Jan
The Hottest 100 Party will celebrate local and international acts with the countdown live streaming throughout the venue, food and drink specials and prizes to be won!

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And the Spiders from Mars, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD

6-9 Feb
Originally conceived to celebrate this incredible album and David Bowie’s beautiful music, now also a loving tribute

St Kilda Festival, VIC

14 Feb

With swag of artists including Hayden James, The Grates, Client Liaison, Gurrumul, Felix Riebl, The Ha

rpoons and The Bombay Royale, the St Kilda foreshore is once again set to be jam packed with more than 400,000 festival-goers.

Wynton Marsalis’s Swing Symphony, Sydney Opera House, NSW

25-27 Feb
Two 'big bands' come together in the one concert hall when the SSO meets Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis!

FENNESZ Carriageworks, Redfern, NSW

26 Feb
First time in Australia in over a decade, Fennesz with special guest, visualist Lillevan. Also American electronic artist Keith Fullerton Whitman. Curated by Lawrence English/Room40.


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