We’ll lift the roof as a quarter of all Australian schools (a record 2,350) sing our one song at the same time celebrating school music. Join our Music: Count Us In live stream from the Opera House: noon Thu 3 November (earlier elsewhere).

Do get along to This Year’s Peggy Glanville-Hicks address where Nicole Canham explores The Poetry of the Present - Perth (26 Oct), Sydney (31 Oct), Melbourne (3 Nov).

And a reminder all members are invited to our AGM: Erskineville Town Hall, 4pm, 3 November. We’ll refresh our Constitution and present our future plans, followed by drinks at the Rose Hotel. Can’t make it in person? Join via live stream by heading here.

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Chris Bowen CEO

Music Australia





London learns lessons to rescue live music venues

Sydney is not alone in its need to save live music venues, London too faces similar problems. These have prompted some remarkable campaigning leading to a Rescue Plan, plans for a Night Czar, and an annual Venues Day. Full story 





Nicole Canham Talks about Challenges of the Moment in This Year’s Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

Musicians too often feel trapped by having to apply narrow business models to the process of concert giving, says Nicole Canham in the 2016 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address. She argues that music needs a paradigm shift that liberates creative thinking. Full story



Perth’s Daily Dumps its Freelance Music and Arts Critics

The West Australian has shed almost all of its freelance contributors as part of a major restructuring of its business.  Full story



APRA AMCOS Reports Record Revenue Growth

Digital and international revenue are leading the charge, while traditional sources continue to grow. Full story



New Music Awards To Celebrate Australia’s Live Scene

The inaugural National Live Music Awards aim to promote and inspire Australia’s multi-billion dollar live scene. Full story


Become a Music Australia Member Today

Music Australia is rolling out a new membership program.  Not a member yet? We’d love to welcome you aboard. Benefits and services are on our website

We also invite partnerships with music organisations, offering reciprocal benefits. Strengthened memberships enable us to be a stronger voice for Australian music. Sign up as an Individual or Organisational member today





Arts Education Cuts Hits VET Music Theatre Courses

Federally funded student loans will no longer be available to more than 50 arts-based VET courses from next year, including four diploma courses in music theatre. Senator Simon Birmingham says the courses being affected “don’t lead to work”. Full story


Time to Celebrate – ‘With Music All Around’!

Music: Count Us In Celebration Day 2016 is near, with just over a week to go until we mark our 10th year. It’s the biggest year on record for Australia’s largest celebration of music and music education. Full story





Foothills Music Festival Goes Free For The First Time

The Foothills Music Festival is removing entry fees for the first time this year. Drumming circles, harmonica workshops, dance lessons and a big sing are all on the program. 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.

To share an Opportunity send us an email. 


Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:


Your chance to play at OutsideIn Festival 2016

Entries close 2 Nov
Sydney’s Astral People, Yes Please and FBi Radio are giving one Sydney artist the chance to join the OutsideIn Festival lineup on November 29 at Sydney University. Artists will get the chance to perform at the festival alongside acts like The Pharcyde, Seekae, Pantha Du Prince, Giraffage, Roy Davis Jr, Client Liaison more. To enter, just email, with a short bio, and a soundcloud link to your music.

International Songwriting Competition

Applications close 4 Nov
Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC offers exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.

triple j Unearthed – Falls Festival Competition

Applications close 6 Nov
The triple j Unearthed team are on the hunt for an act to play each leg of the Falls Music and Arts Festival., including events in Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle. To apply, simply upload your music to

Brisbane City Council Innovation Award

Applications close 7 Nov
The Innovation Award is a $25,000 one-off grant to realise a creative, inspirational and innovative idea within the creative industries. Eligible applicants include artists, arts workers, designers, producers, curators, collectives and arts or creative organisations, working in any artform or creative industry.

16th Chieri International Competition 2016

21 – 27 Nov
Taking place in Italy, the competition covers Flute, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Duo and Chamber Music.

Queensland Music Awards 

Applications close 4 Dec
Entries are now open for the Queensland Music Awards to highlight the state's best and brightest musical talent. Published and unpublished original songwriters from a range of genres are encouraged to apply, with over 20 categories available. Previous winners include Violent Soho, Blank Realm, Sahara Beck and Sheppard.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:


Unlocking Musical Potential

28 Oct, Sydney
This Bostes certified full-day Music Ed PD course is suitable for classroom music teachers primary and secondary, as well as instrumental and vocal tutors. The greatest predictor of musical progress is the quality and the quantity of practice time. This course explores effective practice strategies and how to teach them to students. Course content is informed by studies and perspectives from neuroscience, psychology and physiology.

Accessibility for Arts Workshop

30 Oct, Sydney
A workshop for artists looking to incorporate accessibility strategies and diverse audiences into their projects - before, during and after development. Hosted by Accessible Arts NSW’s Sarah Houbolt and focusing on simple approaches to create more inclusive creative works, this practical seminar will help artists bring their practice to wider audiences and consider individuals with diverse needs in creative processes.

Australian Rural Leadership Program: For Established Leaders

Applications close 31 Oct
The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) follows a leadership model that reflects current thinking and practice in the areas of adult education, leadership and capacity building. It consists of up to 50 days face-to-face, delivered in multiple sessions over 15 months. Five of these take place in locations across Australia, and one overseas. Group size is 30 to 35 leaders. Additional development occurs via flexible learning.

Nijinsky and Stravinsky: Creative Collaborators, Culture Club

1 Nov, Sydney
Join Nicolette Fraillon, Musical Director and Chief Conductor and David McAllister AM, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet to explore the lasting impact of this historic collaboration.

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See. Confidence and public speaking in the music industry

3 Nov, Melbourne
Confidence is one
of the main factors behind the lack of diversity and creative output within many areas of the music community. Music Victoria has put together a stellar panel featuring heavyweights within contemporary music and media to unpack and address confidence issues.

Ross Manning: Optical Sound Workshop

4 Nov, Sydney
Join Ross Manning for a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to turn light into sound. Manning will guide participants through building their own light-sensitive instruments and instruct them to create electronic compositions with their new devices.

Australian Composition Seminar 

24 OR 25 July 2017, Sydney
Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Australian Composition Seminar. Richard Gill, Karen Carey and Andrew Batt-Rawden present an astounding compositional development experience for high school Music 1 and Music 2 students in years 8 - 11. This year's seminar features Melbourne’s Plexus ensemble.


Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Face the Music 

17 & 18 November, Melbourne

Face The Music provides all people involved in the Melbourne music community with a platform for professional and creative career development. The two day event features presentations, discussions, networking, music-making workshops, and the hottest tips and tools to give your music career the edge. Early Bird Tickets are now on sale. 

Music Australia members receive 10% off 2 day passes. Just email with your member number to receive a discount code.


2017 State Regional Arts Conference

Applications close 28 Oct
Western Australian artists can apply to showcase their work on a state-wide level at the 2017 State Regional Arts Conference, thanks to Country Arts WA.  All art forms including music, multi-media and cultural projects are eligible. Successful applicants will also showcase their work in free presentations at the State Regional Arts Conference at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) on 12 – 15 Oct 2017.

Artlands - Regional Arts Australia (RAA) Conference, Dubbo, NSW

27 - 30 Oct
Artlands continues the tradition of RAA conferences - Part Conference, Part Festival, All Arts with four jam-packed days of activity, conversation, discussion, debate and inspiration from across Australia and overseas.

Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2016

27 Oct – 6 Nov, Sydney
Presented by Performance Space, artists from across Australia and the Asia Pacific will deliver the most ambitious Liveworks Festival yet. Over two jam-packed weeks, immerse yourself in experimental choreography, kinetic installations, sonic sculptures, captivating Indigenous stories and sexy encounters. Get hands-on with artists, educators and collaborators in this curated series of practice-focused sessions.

Melbourne Music Week

11 – 19 Nov
Melbourne Music Week (MMW) captivates the city from 11 to 19 November 2016 with a nine-day program dedicated to illuminating connections between music, people and places within the city’s world-renowned music scene. Made up of 110 events featuring 240 artists with input from more than 65 dedicated programming partners, MMW’s breadth will be felt in 40 locations across this music city. This year, the MMW Hub is located at the iconic State Library Victoria.

Music and the Moving Image XII, Conference at NYU Steinhardt, May 26 - 28 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS, Abstracts or synopses due 15 Dec
The annual conference, Music and the Moving Image, encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPhone, computer, and live performances) and that of music and sound through paper presentations. Abstracts or synopses of papers (250 words) should be submitted to




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


DCA Grants Program 2016

Applications are ongoing
The DCA Grants Program has announced changes to their program, enabling them to be more flexible and responsive. There is now funding available for individuals, groups and arts organisations to apply for different types of funding including Creative Development, Commercial Development, Community Engagement, Aboriginal Arts, and Scholarship and Fellowships. Applications are open year round for grant requests up to $15,000.

Arts NT, Project Round 2

Applications due 2 Nov

Artists, not for profit arts organisations and community groups are encouraged to apply for projects that develop and showcase the arts of the Northern Territory and support community access and participation in arts and cultural activities. The following categories are open: 

  • Arts Development

  • Presentation and Promotion

  • Skills Development

  • Emerging Artists

Kickstart Helix

Applications close 11 Nov at midday
Kickstart Helix is a fresh new learning program designed to support emerging and early career artists, curators, producers and writers from across Australia. This year-long program combines professional skills development with creative discussion and critical feedback through a series of residencies, workshops, showings and events, together with self-directed learning and ongoing staff support. 

Billy Thorpe Scholarship

Applications close 4 Dec
Funded by Arts Queensland, this scholarship gives one emerging artist $10,000 to record with an established producer, and receives career-planning advice from a Chugg Entertainment representative. The winner will be announced at the 2017 Queensland Music Awards.


Arts ACT, Out of Round Funding 

Applications close 19 Dec
Artists based in the ACT are now able to apply for funding to undertake significant interstate or overseas arts opportunities. Grants of $500 – $2000 are available to cover costs directly associated with the activity, including travel, accommodation and registration fees.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



APRA AMCOS, Credit Officer

Applications close 28 Oct
APRA AMCOS are looking for a full-time Credit Officer to start immediately. Reporting to the Acting Credit Manager, your responsibilities will include credit management of overdue client balances, telephone debt collection, sales team  liaison, maintenance of client records, provision of extended credit and management of payment plans and more. Seeking applicants with at least two years’ experience in debtor management.

Woden Valley Youth Choir, Artistic Director

Applications due 31 Oct
Applicants must have relevant Performing Arts experience and/or education qualifications.  Applicants must enjoy teaching a curriculum that includes choreography and ‘music theatre’. Download the Position Description then email a cover letter, three references and resume to

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Director of Artistic Planning

Closing date 1 Nov
The Orchestra is seeking a Director of Artistic Planning (early 2017) to replace Ben Schwartz who will join the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a similar role. The new Director of Artistic Planning will have the opportunity to create an exciting, cutting edge performance program leading up to the closure period and the historic re-opening of one of the most iconic concert venues in the world.

QMusic, Program Manager

Applications due 4 Nov
QMusic is seeking a suitably experienced and qualified music industry professional to take on the newly re-established role of QMusic Program Manager. The role will commence mid-January 2017.

MusicNT and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Applications close 7 Nov
This positon is a shared position between MusicNT and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts to undertake management of the organisations Marketing and Communications platforms and develop overall communications strategies.  Full details of the advertised position are available from the link.




Orchestra Victoria, Associate Principal Trumpet

Applications close 24 Nov
The successful musician will be employed as a Contract Musician (3 years) in accordance with the OV-EA 2014-2017 and will be subject to a probationary period of up to 6 months. The salary range for this position applicable from 1 February 2017 is $76,458 to $96,500 plus superannuation and allowances.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tutti Viola

Applications close  30 Nov
Recorded auditions are to be received by Wednesday 30 November 2016. Auditions will be held in Perth on Wednesday 7 December 2016.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Co-Principal Horn

Applications close 5 Jan 2017
Sydney Symphony Orchestra is currently auditioning a number of positions.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community


New Music Network's Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

Perth (26 Oct), Sydney (31 Oct), Melbourne (3 Nov)
Nicole Canham explores The Poetry of the Present.

Charles Maimarosia

30 Oct, Melbourne
Performing “an astonishing collection of songs” just recorded with Melbourne’s Wantok Foundation, Charles Maimarosia, a contemporary musician born and raised in the remote Pipisu village of the Solomon Islands, will perform at the Post Office Hotel from 4:30pm.

Save Bondi Pavilion - Free gig

6 Nov, Sydney
Save Bondi Pavilion is staging a FREE concert on November 6 to keep the pressure up on Waverley Council over their development plans. Headlined by Australian rock legends Hoodoo Gurus, featuring Art Vs Science (DJ set) and Bondi Youth Wave graduates The Dawsons and Martha Marlow. The concert will kick off at 1.30pm in the Dolphin Court on the southern side of Pavilion.

Marcia Hines – Disco Inferno

28 Oct, Melbourne
Australian music legend (and last year's Music: Count Us In mentor) Marcia Hines performing for one night only at the Grand on Cathies, at the Grand Receptions.



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