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Win Tickets to our 21st Birthday Party & Relaunch

Special Offer to our enews subscribers – we have three double passes to our 21st Birthday party on 19 September to be won. Join MCA guests and VIP's for an evening of entertainment, good food and wine at Erskineville Town Hall, Sydney, as we celebrate a major milestone. We’ll unveil our new identity and website, celebrate achievements and honour our contributors. Email us here by 26 August to be in the draw. Winners will be notified by email by 1 September.



Worldwide Release Dates on the Cards

On 12 August, Billboard reported that the music industry is considering the introduction of a global release date that would see new albums become universally available on a Friday. At present, they are released in Australia on a Friday, in the UK on the following Monday and in the US on the Tuesday. The shift, likely to be implemented in July 2015, might assist to stem piracy – especially from Australia - but could prove challenging for retailers, who are likely to have to re-think sales strategies.


Favourite Ted Talks on Music

Music.mic shares their eleven favourite TED talks on music: from Robert Gupta, violinist and doctor on links between music and health; to how Sting recovered from an intense period of writers block; producer and DJ Mrk Ronson on how sampling has transformed music; and Jazzman Clayton Cameron shares the amazing mathematics behind a drumbeat. And we’ve added a couple of our own: Australian singer Megan Washington on how she dealt with a debilitating speech impediment, and former News Corp CEO Kim Williams who has a remarkable passion for music.

An Insight into How Musicians Live

Ever wanted to know what the rehearsal rooms and studios of musicians look like? The New Music Box talks with Chicago blogger Billie Jean Howard about her fascinating series where she documents and talks to Chicago artists at work.

Profiling CD Baby – A Company for the Niche Musician

The New York Times reports on the company in Portland Oregon that quietly goes about the business of serving independent artists. An early starter in the online distribution business, CD Baby now have 5 million songs in their catalogue, represent 325,000 independent artists, and a warehouse full of 2 million CDs. Read the full story here

More International Music News

Do you want more international music news? Subscribe to the International Music Council’s fortnightly bulletin Music World News. It contains links to articles covering the artform, education, industry, policy and technology; published every second Monday.



Australia Council  Overhauls Grants Program

The Australian Government’s national at funding body has announced the biggest change to their funding program – ever, alongside a launch of their latest Strategic Plan. Designed to be more streamlined and responsive, five broad funding programs are now offered, down from dozens previously. Six year funding will be offered to organisations for the first time, plus project funding of up to three years. Peer assessment will continue to underpin decision making. Bookings are now open for free Information sessions in all states. Applications open in January 2015. More information here.

Latest Music Grants from Australia Council Total Over $1.5m

The Australia Council has recently announced over $1.5M of music funding. Artists creating and recording new material include Dan Kelly, Lucy Thorne and Cat Hope. Tour support goes to hip hop artists Briggs, Mistress of Ceremonies, Mantra and Jaytee; and Zephyr Quartet. Festivals to benefit include the Desert Song Festival; New Wave: Sound at Vivid Festival, and the NOW now Festival of Exploratory Music and Arts.  Annual program funding goes to Adelaide Chamber Singers, Nexus Multicultural Arts, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Chamber Made Opera, Artback NT, Contemporary Music Victoria, Sydney Improvised Music, Queensland Youth Orchestras and The West Australian Music Industry Association.



APRA AMCOS Launches Online Digital Content Guide

Brand new website The Digital Content Guide aims to provide Australian consumers with improved access to licensed creative content. Funded by APRA AMCOS in conjunction with ARIA, the Australian Screen Association, Copyright Agency Ltd, Foxtel, News Corp Australia and Village Roadshow, the free service covers music, television, film, ebooks, games and sport. APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle commented, ‘The overwhelming majority of Australian content users believe music creators should be paid fairly for their work. Providing consumers with information on where they can purchase music legally is a win-win situation for music lovers and music creators.’
* Photo Title: APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle and Simon Burke, Photo Credit: APRA AMCOS

Live Performance Australia Ticketing Survey Released

The LPA annual ticketing attendance survey reports on attendance at live performance events in Australia. In 2013 Industry revenue increased to $1.47 billion, up from $1.2 billion in 2012. As in previous years, contemporary music dominated with 41 percent of total attendances, followed by music theatre at 13 percent. The survey captures data from major venues, festivals and theatres, with regional venues being progressively included. You can read the full survey here. It complements the Size & Scope of the Live Entertainment Industry report recently covered in our Music Journal

CONTROL: Development Program for Music Managers

CONTROL, a business development retreat for mid-career music managers, run by the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), is calling for applications for two residential labs, commencing outside Sydney in late November. Six music and business advisers including Paul McKessar (Manager of Brooke Fraser, The Naked and Famous, Lydia Cole) and Correne Wilkie (Manager of The Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson, Harry James Angus) will work with participants on leadership skills and business models.  Applications close on 26 September, access information here.

New Director at National Live Music Office

Damian Cunningham joins the Live Music Office in a new role as Director of Audience and Sector Development. Working alongside Policy Director John Wardle, Damian will liaise with government and industry to maximise performance opportunities for artists and the venue-based live music industry. Damian’s music industry experience includes booking and logistic roles for multiple festivals including the Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, and Surry Hills Festival. He also runs his own live music services company Elastic Entertainment. Live Music Office info here. 




National Contemporary Landscapes Radio Series

Nine community radio stations across Australia are collaborating in a radio series beginning 1 September that explores Australian contemporary classical music. National Contemporary Landscapes is a 10-part series that will include exclusive recordings, interviews and an episode devoted to Indigenous musicians participating in the field. Participating stations are: 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, 3KND Indigenous Radio Melbourne, 4MBS Brisbane, Edge Radio Hobart, 5MBS Adelaide, RTRFM Perth, Fine Music Digital Sydney, 8CCC Alice Springs & Tenant Creek and Artsound Canberra. Further information here.

‘Lack of funding’ blamed for cancellation of Hobart Baroque

A stoush over funding between festival director Leo Schofield and the Tasmanian Government has resulted in the Hobart Baroque festival being cancelled next year. Schofield is reported to have been insulted by Premier Will Hodgman’s resolve to keep State Government funding capped at $300,000, and has “decided to leave the state and take the festival with him”. Research shows that Hobart Baroque attracts approximately 1,000 visitors from interstate. Box office takings at this year’s event more than doubled to $500,000.

Richard Gill Honoured by APRA AMCOS and AMCRichard Gill OAM, Director of the Victorian Opera Company.

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) have announced that this year’s recipient of the Award for Distinguished Services for Australian Music is conductor and music educator Richard Gill OAM. Widely admired for his outstanding work towards the musical development of young musicians, he has appeared with all the major Australian orchestras and conducted many premieres of new Australian works. Given the Don Banks Music Award in 2006, Gill is currently Music Director of Victorian Opera. Read more here.
* Photo Credit: ABC


Australian Singing Competition Finals Concert

Four young sopranos from Victoria and West Australia are finalists in this year’s IFAC Australian Singing Competition. Kate Amos, Anna Voshege, Samantha Clarke and Corinne Cowling were selected from a field of 100 singers in July. Run by the International Foundation for Arts & Culture through the Music and Opera Singers Trust, the Australian Singing Competition claims to be the richest of its kind with $2.8 million in prizes. The finals concert will be held on 30 August in Sydney.  

Exhibition and Talks

Drawn From Sound – Exhibition and Artists Talks

Drawn From Sound is an exhibition of Australian graphic music scores now open at the Australia Council Building, 372 Elizabeth St, Sydney and running until 4 November. Curated by Perth composer and sound artist Cat Hope, the exhibition showcases Australian graphic notation practice in varied forms, featuring works by Percy Grainger, Anita Hustas and Warren Burt amongst others.  You can enjoy free artists talks as part of the exhibition: on 4 September David Sudmalis asks the big question of graphic scores; what does this squiggly line mean? More information and the full talks line up at the Australia Council website.


Music Education – Swedish Style

It’s not just those long cold winters that foster Swedish creativity, a remarkable system of music education embedded across the country plays a big part too. When legendary Swedish songwriter Max Martin’s latest song was recently released - and caused a sensation, he simply noted: "I have public music education to thank for everything." In addition to music in schools, Sweden has since the 1940’s offered near universal access to free or low cost music instruction in music and art schools provided by most of the country’s 290 municipalities. Music.mic and Pacific Standard tell us more.

Music: Count Us In Teachers Get Creative

MCUI teachers are coming up with inventive ideas for implementing the program. Amanda from Calista PS (WA), posted on Facebook to tell us how they examined form and structure by adding a layer to a pancake stack every time a new section of the song occurred. Susie from Mt Ousley PS (NSW) showed the senior choir the YouTube clip about the songwriting process and engaged students in a great discussion about copyright. For more ideas, read about MCUI teachers on our website.

Community residency develops skills and expands cultural horizons

Tura New Music is presenting its fifth annual Remote Artist in Residence Program on the Dampier Peninsula with renowned performer and instrument maker Mark Cain. Mark has worked extensively in communities building imaginative instruments from donated, ‘found’ and recycled materials, such as plumbing pipe. Collaborations and residencies such as this offer new cultural experiences and creative and skills development opportunities to Australian communities. Mark will work with groups of school children and the community at large to explore music making and guide them in devising and performing their own music composition. Read more on the Tura website.


Igniting Imagination - Visible Music Sessions at Melbourne Festival

Igniting Imagination, a collaboration between the Melbourne Festival and Multicultural Arts Victoria dedicated to the nurturing and staging of creative talent from Australia’s Indigenous, refugee and emerging communities, is now in its fourth year. In 2014, the project will present a brand new performance series, the Visible Music Sessions, to be held at the Foxtel Festival Hub at 3pm every Sunday during the Festival. Scheduled acts include Dani Sib + Jazmaris with Seble Grima (October 12), Birdz + Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys + Taqi Khan (October 19) and Amin Payne with the Mehr Ensemble + the Lalibelas (October 26).





AMP’s Tomorrow Fund

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund seeks to remove barriers by providing grants of $10,000 to $100,000 to help Tomorrow Makers – Australians of all ages, from all walks of life who want to make their mark on the world, with costs such as travel, living expenses and research – or whatever it takes to achieve their dream. Applications close 31 August. Further information here.

ArtStart Grant 

The ArtStart program provides financial assistance to recent arts graduates, helping them make the challenging transition from studying to having a professional career in the arts. The grant is for up to $10,000 to support a career or business development strategy for your arts practice. Applications close 22 September. More information at the Australia Council website.

City, State & Regional

City of Sydney Community Matching Grants

Applications are now open for City of Sydney Community Matching Grants for projects which will run between 1 December 2014 and 30 November 2015. Applications close 29 August. For more information click here

Indigenous Arts Administrator Mentorship Program

City of Melbourne’s Indigenous Mentorship Program provides Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers with an opportunity to gain on-the-job mentoring in arts administration, production management or creative practice. Expressions of interest close 1 September. More information at the City of Melbourne website.

GCBF Community Grants Queensland

Applications are now open for Queensland based non-profits to apply for the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF). Applications close on 31 August. More information here.



MBZ launches "5-Minute Opera" Competition

Music Biennale Zagreb (MBZ) has launched a new composers' competition - 5-Minute Opera! Composers have the opportunity to face the ultimate challenge - to create a "flash"-opera. In other words an entire opera to fit two singers, eight instruments and that in only 5 minutes! Applications close 1 October.  For more information click here.

Canadian Music Week Music Festival Applications Open

Applications are now open to perform at Canadian Music Week, Music Festival. This is your chance to perform in front of thousands of industry insiders from Canada and around the world. Applications close 30 November for Canadian artists and 31 December for International artists. For more information click here.

Dublin International Piano Competition 2015

The Dublin International Piano Competition is open to professional pianists of all nationalities who were born before 30 April 1998 and after 30 April 1985. A International Jury will award prizes in excess of €50,000 and concert engagements. Applications close 1 November 2014. For more information visit the competition website.



Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition

Entries for the nation’s prestigious, annual charity composers’ contest, the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, are now open. The competition is organised by APRA AMCOS, Alberts and the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia. One lucky songwriter (or group of songwriters) will win $50,000 in cash and join the hallowed ranks of previous prize-winners including Megan Washington (2009), Kimbra (2011) and The Preatures (2013). Entries close 22 September. For more information visit the APRA AMCOS website. 

Piers Festival 2015

The fourth incarnation of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s annual Piers Festival, a celebration of migration and its contribution to Australian culture, is now accepting Expressions of Interest from aspiring participants. The deadline is 31 August and the event will be held on 25 January, 2015.

City & Regional

Melbourne Music Bank Competition

Launched by Bank of Melbourne, the Melbourne Music Bank is looking for the ‘next big thing’ in Aussie music, calling for Victorian based musicians and bands to submit an original composition inspired by Melbourne in order to win a once-in-a-lifetime career-making prize worth over $15,000. Applications close 7 September. More information at the Bank of Melbourne website.

Orkeztra Glass Bashalde Composition Competition

Residents, workers and students of the City of Darebin are invited to submit short, catchy instrumental tunes suitable for performance by community world music orchestra Orkeztra Glass Bashalde. The winner will receive a $3,000+ prize package, including $1,000 cash. Entries are due 29 August.

Darebin Music Feast Songwriters' Award 2014

The Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award! offers a prize package of: $2000 cash thanks to APRA, studio time at Head Gap Studios, mastering at Indie Masters, duplication services thanks to Implant Media, $200 Guitar World Voucher, Face the Music Conference Tickets and a Beat Ad. Past winners include Jordie Lane, Sal Kimber, Ben Mason, E’Wah Lady and Dan Flynn. Entrants must live, work or study in the City of Darebin. Applications close 10 September. More information here.



Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Principal French Horn

The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (AOBO) is seeking expressions of interest from outstanding players for the Principal French Horn (Section Leader) position. Applications close 1 October. For more information visit the Opera Australia website.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tutti Trumpet

Sydney Symphony Orchestra is holding auditions for Tutti Trumpet. Auditions will be held 4 -5 December. Applications close 24 October. For more information visit the Sydney Symphony Orchestra website.



2nd National Play Up Convention 2014

The Arts Health Institute presents the 2nd National Play Up Convention, “Creative Ideas in Ageing”, 24 - 25 November 2014, Sydney. More information and register here.

National ABODA Conference 2014

The Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association (ABODA) is holding their  Australian National Band and Orchestra Clinic and National Conference 12 – 15 September in Melbourne. For more information visit the ABODA website.


Musexpo 2015

Contemporary Music Industry conference Musexpo will take place 26 -29 April, 2015 in Los Angeles.  Through the day Musexpo features music seminars and conferences and by night artist showcases. Early bird registration are now open. More information here.



Sydney Festival Contracts

Sydney Festival has a number of short term contracts open for the 2015 season including Signage Coordinator and Ticketing Assistant. For more information about the roles visit the Sydney Festival website.

Australia Cultural Fund, Program Administrator

Creative Partnerships Australia is seeking an experienced arts administrator with a sound knowledge of fundraising principles to manage its flagship program, the Australia Cultural Fund. Applications close 22 August. For more information click here.

QSO, Contemporary Music Coordinator

Queensland Symphony Orchestra(QSO) is seeking to appoint a Contemporary Music Coordinator for a contract position to work with the Director – Artistic Planning on the Contemporary Music Festival for 2015. Applications close 25 August. For more information visit the QSO website.

Corporate Partnerships Sales and Hospitality Coordinator

Adelaide Fringe is seeking to appoint a Corporate Partnerships Sales and Hospitality Coordinator. Applications close 22 August. For more information click here.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Philanthropy Manager

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is seeking to appoint a Philanthropy Manager. Applications close 22 August. For more information click here.

Music Co-curricular Program Co-ordinator

North Sydney Girls High School is seeking to appoint a Music Co-curricular Program Co-ordinator. Applications close 25 August. For more information click here.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Marketing Communications Specialist

Sydney conservatorium of Music is seeking to appoint a Marketing Communications Specialist. Applications close 31 August. For more information visit the University of Sydney website.

Musica Viva, Director of Marketing Development

Musica Viva is seeking to appoint a Director of Marketing Development. Applications close 25 August. For more information visit the Musica Viva website.


NZSO, Head of Marketing and Development

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra(NZSO) is seeking to appoint a Head of Marketing and Development. Applications close 1 September. For more information visit the NZSO website.

The Festival Chorus, Musical Director

The Festival Chorus, based in South London, wishes to appoint a new Musical Director. Applications close 30 September. For more information click here.

OAE, Co-Principal Viola

The Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment(OAE) is seeking to appoint a Co-principal viola. The position will have an emphasis on Classical and Romantic repertoire, but will include Baroque as required. Applications close 30 September. For more information visit the OAE website.
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