Are you a classical or art music professional, want to build your global networks and knowledge? Check out our story on Classical:Next this week. There’s a big push for Aussies to attend this conference and incentives on offer. Let’s open more international doors for this sector. See you there!

Our school music program has turned ten, and reaches more school students than any other. To expand further we have launched a short animation. It explains what Music: Count Us In does, how it works, and how to become involved. Please view and share with your networks here.

And we call for recognition of the valuable role of night-time economies, which must not be undermined by Lockout Laws.

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Chris Bowen
Music Australia





Towards a new music education blueprint in the US

In the US, a wide-ranging discussion has begun on what school music education needs to embrace. On the agenda are teaching a wider appreciation of music’s cultural and historical dimensions, and introducing notation at an earlier age. Full story



Australia opens doors to Global meeting for art music innovators

A record Australian delegation is expected at the fifth edition of global music meeting Classical:Next in Rotterdam in May. The Australia Council has announced sponsored registrations to boost attendance, backed by our expert export office Sounds Australia. Full story





The Beatles First Gigged At 2am: Live Music Needs a Late Night Economy

An in-depth look at the devastating impact of the lockout laws on Sydney’s live music scene and what this could mean for the future. Full story




Music Industry calls for tax incentives for music – as for film

Australian film has for many years benefited from a range of investment incentives based on tax credits. A new report released by APRA AMCOS makes a powerful case for similar treatment for music. Full story



Remembering Hans Hoegh-Guldberg – an extraordinary contributor to Australian music

Music Australia life member and noted cultural economist Hans Hoegh-Guldberg passed away on 23 February. Founder Dick Letts pays tribute to Hans’ many achievements and his service to music. Full story



Contemporary Art Music in Adelaide: Passion, Determination and Inventiveness

Adelaide’s vibrant contemporary art music scene, which includes Soundstream, composer Stephen Whittington, the Electronic Music Unit, Zephyr Quartet and The Firm, is profiled by Chris Reid who finds a deeply engaging and high quality musical environment. Full story

More overseas touring for Song Company under new director Antony Pitts

The Song Company’s new artistic director, Antony Pitts, says that he plans to bring experimental elements to some of the ensemble’s programs this year. The British composer also wants to expand overseas touring. Full story

Geelong has a new symphony orchestra

The newly formed Geelong Symphony Orchestra has just given its debut concert, performing Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with pianist Kristian Chong. The orchestra numbers 60 players and its music director is Joannes Roose.  Full story


Didjeridu manufacture is causing ecological concerns

New research reveals the ecological impact on Australia’s native forests from harvesting timber to make didjeridus. Robin Ryan finds that unsustainable exploitation of timber is damaging Australian forest ecosystems. Full story



ANU School of Music to undergo comprehensive community review

The Australian National University has launched a “comprehensive community consultation” into its troubled School of Music. To be led by Professor Andrew Podger, it will consult widely with interested parties before making recommendations in August. Full story


Moorambilla Voices is on the road to schools across western NSW

Moorambilla Voices is off to some of the most regional communities of NSW. Artistic Director Michelle Leonard will run free workshops open to all school students in 31 towns, developing students’ interest and skills in music and rhythm.  Full story




Roll or Rust - Playing for Rural Australia tells true life stories in music

Tuncurry songwriter and pianist Hugh Scott Murray specialises in travelling around regional Australia, playing music in community halls and paddocks off the back of his rusty, musical trailer. Full story


Learn to Play Marimba & Maori Music at Community Music Victoria’s Camp

With its popularity on the rise, Australia’s biggest community music camp is off to a larger venue this year. There are increased opportunities for music participation and for developing community music leaders. Full story




Competitions & Awards


Coups de Vents – 6th International Composition Competition

Applications close 1 Jun
Coups de Vents is launching the call for applications from his 6th International Composition Competition for wind orchestra.



Applications close 25 May
The YAMawards annually honour the world's best productions for young audiences, with the purpose of supporting creativity and innovation, whilst contributing to the growth of this important field.

Unsigned Only Competition

Registrations close 16 Mar
Unsigned Only is open to solo artists, bands, and singers not signed to a major label record company. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $20,000.

I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 second film competition

Applications close 1 April.
The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) has joined the Live Music Office and the St Kilda Film Festival to present a national awareness campaign about the importance of contemporary live music to the lives of everyday Australians.  


Airlie Beach Music Festival – International Songwriting Competition

Applications close 7 May
Songwriters are invited to write a love song about the Whitsundays. The competition aims to find the best song and we are offering $5000 prize money to the winning song-writer!

Fanfare Competition – Call for submissions

Registrations close 23 May
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 their seats at the Sydney Opera House.

Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2016

Entries close 30 Jun
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

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 Jun - 1 Jul 2017
The third London International A Cappella Choral Competition, in association with Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars is now welcoming applications.

Basel Composition Competition(BCC)

16-19 Feb 2017
The BCC is open to composers of all ages and nationalities and welcomes new, non-premiered orchestral works. Ten of which shall be shortlisted by jury. Applications close 31 March 2016. 


Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition

Registrations close 1 Sep
The 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.


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.  

2016 Art Music Awards – Nominations Now Open

Nominations close 11 Apr
The yearly Art Music Awards are presented by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre to recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music

2016 NSW Creative Achievement Awards - NSW Government invites nominations

Nominations close 10 Apr
The Awards are a NSW Government initiative to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements that help raise the global profile of NSW Creative Industries.


Programs, Workshops & Masterclasses


The Fundamentals of Fundraising, National

Dates Various
Perfect workshop for emerging practitioners to cement their knowledge of arts philanthropy and sponsorship, or a refresher for established arts workers   on the nuts and bolts of arts fundraising. Plus, excellent networking with your peers and connect with your local Creative Partnerships State Manager.

Lecture: Relevance of Orchestras in the 21st Century, Adelaide

22 Mar
Hear new ASO Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter talk about the Relevance of Orchestras in the 21st Century with Jacinta Thompson, Executive Director, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of South Australia.

Connect Sydney: Event Management Training, Sydney

13 Apr
If you're planning to run a community event and want to improve your knowledge and skills in this area, this is the training for you.

Music NT: Intune Workshop Series

Throughout 2016 MusicNT will be delivering tailored, intimate and relevant workshops to the NT music scene. Upcoming workshop in the series is Killing it: Stage Craft and Live Performances on 10 Mar. Check website for full workshop series


Sounding Out: How to get started in the music industry, VIC

20 Mar

Music Victoria presents a free discussion and Q&A at Aireys Inlet Open Mic Festival on how to get started in the music industry. Experts discuss how to get a gig, who to talk to, where to get advice, publicity on a budget and more! Open to all musicians, arts workers, and all interested in the music industry.

Community Music Victoria Music Camp

15-17 Apr
Amazing singing and music workshops for all, Saturday night bash, 6 indoor, spacious and accessible venues, plus dedicated indoor sessions space. See also article in this issue.

Culture Club: What do you hear when you listen to Beethoven? – Sydney Opera House

5 Apr
How do we listen to Beethoven in the 21st century? Pianist and writer Anna Goldsworthy and Benjamin Schwartz, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Director of Artistic Planning join Yarmila Alfonzetti to share their experience of one of the world’s greatest composers.

The Beat Starts Here, Sydney

9-13 April
Applications are now open for The Beat Starts Here 2016. This conducting course for teachers and community conductors takes place in April.  Applications for this program close17 Mar.

Women In Music Industry Development Panel, Queensland

9 Mar
This panel will explore the important contributions women make within the music industry, and how by supporting and energizing our community to create and work innovatively with each other we can ensure the industry continues to develop and evolve.

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
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.

Australian Copyright Council Seminar Program

9 May – 6 Sep
Australian Copyright Council seminars are presented by experts in the field of copyright law who are up-to-date with the latest policies, laws and applications of copyright.

Music Together - International Early Childhood Music Program

8-10 Apr
Music Together, the award-winning, international early childhood music and movement program developed in Princeton, New Jersey, is offering an exciting three-day Teacher Training Workshop in Sydney

Arthur Hull Drum Circle Facilitation

8-17 Jul
This three-day event will empower you to build a rhythm community while exploring the foundational elements of drum circle facilitation


Folk Music

A terrific resource for folk enthusiasts 

Music Focused Podcast

A collection of podcasts on Australian contemporary artist and music industry issues 


Conferences, Events, Seminars


Healthy-unhealthy Uses of Music in Mental Health Care Symposium, Melbourne

4 Mar
This symposium will present research and practices from the field of music therapy.  The National Music Therapy Research Unit has been leading developments about music and mental health for two decades and has discovered a number of key principles, questions and concerns, knowledge of which will benefit professionals in the mental health sector. 

Regional Cultural Forum: Festivals Deconstructed, Shepparton

18 Mar
Regional Arts Victoria presents the Regional Cultural Forum: Festivals Deconstructed at Shepparton Festival. This one day forum will connect artists, arts workers and local government workers with festival directors to network, share ideas and be inspired.

The Artist as Citizen Conference, New York

5- 11 Jun
The Artist as Citizen Conference is presented by Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) a non-profit that connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the US and around the world.

IAML Australia Conference 2016, Brisbane, QLD

29-30 Sep
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.

WOMEX, Spain

19-23 Oct
WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. The annual five-day event comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, plus Opening and Award ceremonies.  Deadline for call for proposals is 15 April.


SXSW Music 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. 


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.

Emergence Creative Festival and Conference, Perth

16-19 Mar
Emergence brings together  professionals from music, film, advertising, digital and the visual art to share recent developments in their disciplines as well as emerging trends in a series of workshops and talks.

St Kilda Summer Jazz Festival

3-6 Mar
A weekend of hot jazz by the sea. SKSJ’s aim is to program and present accessible jazz events connecting a diversity of jazz musicians with a wide range of audiences in the Port Phillip community and beyond.

Culture Business: The Art of Fundraising Conference Sydney

22-23 Mar
Culture Business conference, held in Australia for the first time. Organised by Paris based arts agency Agenda Communication.

Four Winds Festival

22-27 Mar
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.

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 most extensive conference series 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 sponsored registration for Australian delegates (limits apply). Contact us at Music Australia for more information

Third Nordoff Robbins Plus Research Conference, London

17 May
The Nordoff Robbins Plus series brings together presentations from related disciplines, together with posters and group discussions. Poster submissions about projects that explore music in its many settings are currently open.

Midem 2016- Cannes, France

3-6 Jun
Midem enables key players within the international music ecosystem to successfully forge business connections, promote music at an international level, sign deals, and discover upcoming trends, talent and services to shape the future of music.

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2016

Jun 9-13
Email us now to register your interest to workshop with Kirby Shaw, sing in any of our fabulous Festival events or feature your choir at Melbourne International Singers Festival 2016!


Australian Songwriters conference

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

32nd ISME World Conference – Glasgow

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
Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy 

ISME – Community Music Activity (CMA) International Seminar

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.


ITAC3 Conference

3-5 Aug
ITAC3 Conference brings together artists, organisations, funders and researchers from all over the world to explore key issues relating to participatory arts practice through an inspiring mix of curated conversations, practical workshops, keynote speeches, seminars and round-table discussions. 

7th World Summit on Arts and Culture - Malta

18-21 Oct
Summit will bring together government and cultural leaders from over 80 countries to explore Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century.




Splash Adelaide Winter Season

Applications close 11 Mar
Splash Adelaide is bringing the city’s streets and spaces to life through a series of community run urban experiments intended to increase the vibrancy and vitality of the city.


Regional Arts Legacy Grants, WA

Applications close 4 Mar
The Regional Arts Legacy Grants enables Western Australian regional communities or individuals to secure funding that will stimulate and support arts activity in all art forms in all nine regions of Western Australia for one to three years.

Festivals Australia

Applications close 15 Mar
Festivals Australia supports participation in, and access to, the arts and aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector.

The Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program

Applications close 1 Mar
The Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program is a $32.5 million allocation of funding from the Australian Government to assist economic development projects that support the economic base of New South Wales regional communities that are most likely to be affected by the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Carriageworks – Accommodation Expressions of Interest

Submissions close 7 Mar
Carriageworks is seeking Expressions of Interest from NSW arts companies and organisations to become a Resident Arts Company. As a resident company you will be provided with subsidised office accommodation and the opportunity to partner with Carriageworks in the development and presentation of new Australian work at Carriageworks.


Fairfield City Council- Social Change through Creativity Grant Program

Applications close 31 Mar
The change through Creativity Grant Program encourages and supports creative-based projects that include and address an issue of importance in the community.

CSU Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program

Applications close 31 Mar
Charles Sturt University(CSU) offers a small grants program (generally $500 - $1,000) to support regional arts and culture programs including artists in residence, art shows, musical education, talks and lectures that encourage engagement by younger people in artistic endeavours.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Applications close 24 Mar
FRRR - REAPing Rewards funding is designed to help fund educational programs that benefit kids up to 18 years of age and Small Grants for Rural Communities, available for any remote/regional areas.

Sidney Myer Fund and the Myer Foundation

Applications open 7 Mar & close 10 Apr
This program seeks to strengthen and grow the independent arts and cultural sector in Australia by granting money to ensembles/collectives/groups and organisations that are highly connected within their sector, and producing excellent work.

Women & Leadership Australia – Grants for Women in Sports & Recreation – EOI Now Open

In 2016 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the sport and recreation sectors.

  1. Senior Management and Executive level Women Leaders can apply for $12,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.
  2. Women Managers can apply for $5,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.

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. 

James Morrison Jazz Scholarship

Applications close 4 Mar
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.

Josh Pyke Partnership

Applications close 31 Mar
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!



Ensemble Offspring: Administration and Marketing/Operations Assistant

Applications close 11 Mar, 5pm
Ensemble Offspring are calling for versatile administrators to support our administration and marketing/operations.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs (SPC) - Choirs Administrator

Applications close 4 Mar
SPC is seeking a part time administrator to provide professional support to our choirs.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Dean and Head of School

Applications close 31 Mar
The University of Sydney’s, Conservatorium of Music (SCM) is seeking to appoint a Dean and Head of School. The Dean and Head of School will provide leadership and support for the SCM’s teaching and research activities and will be responsible for the general management of the SCM.

Melbourne Youth Music

Applications close 15 Mar
Melbourne Youth Music is seeking to appoint a dynamic and capable Music Education Program Manager to our team.



Opera Queensland – Project Rossini

Project Rossini is a large, ambitious project in which Opera Queensland will work with eight Queensland communities to find and train local performers for a 2016 tour of The Barber of Seville. Aspiring performers from eight communities – Gold Coast, Fraser Coast, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba will have the opportunity to audition for a coveted spot.




Festival of Live Art – Melbourne,VIC

1-13 Mar
Hosted by Arts House, Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre, the Festival of Live Art captivates inner Melbourne for 13 days in March, springing you out of your comfort zone with over 50 surprising, participatory and interactive art experiences.

Tectonics Adelaide – Adelaide Festival of the Arts, SA

4-5 Mar
Curated and conducted by Ilan Volkov, featuring the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Classical meets abstract sound-art in fruitful festival collision.

Living Opera: La Traviata – Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney, NSW

4 & 11 Mar
Opera Bites, Sydney’s favourite boutique opera company has partnered with The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel to bring you an incredible evening of sumptuous costumed opera complete with a bespoke menu and select fine wines to match.

Nannup Music Festival, WA

4-7 Mar
The Nannup Music Festival is a live performance music festival showcasing primarily folk music.

Carrie Brownstein, Melbourne, VIC

8 March
Visiting Melbourne on tour with the reformed Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein will briefly rest her guitar for a chat with Myf Warhurst. Join the pair for a discussion of defiance, humour and rock and roll.

Singout! Sista – Women of the World Concert – QLD Multicultural Centre, QLD

11 Mar
A collaboration with some of Queensland’s finest female artists from a myriad of backgrounds from across the world.

Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra – Bowral, NSW

12-13 Mar
Works will include Brahms, Strauss, Dvorak.

Songhoy Blues – City Recital Hall Sydney ,NSW

22 Mar
Songhoy Blues is a desert punk / blues music group from Timbuktu, Mali.


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