What a week in politics! As we await the new Prime Minister’s announcement of his cabinet, the arts community has lost no time in letting him know their displeasure about the devastating impacts of the Arts Budget on the Australia Council and the broader sector. Full story

We love the partnership between Community Music Victoria and the Victorian Men’s Shed Association - building marimbas across the state for community music – an inspiration! Let’s hope it spreads nationwide. Full story.

We explore another great initiatives to reinvigorate live music, with the UK story of the Live Music Trust, which is chairing Boris Johnson’s London Live Music Task Force. Full story.

And big congratulations to QMusic for the biggest and, many are saying, the best ever BIGSOUND music industry conference last week. Read their wrap up report.

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Chris Bowen CEO
Music Australia





Trials and Triumphs of small music venues in Britain

With the Guardian reporting on the slow death of music venues, we highlight a great UK initiative working to turn this situation around. The Music Venue Trust is campaigning to strengthen grass roots music venues across the UK. Full story



Orchestras embrace virtual reality technology

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is adopting new virtual reality technology that it says offers users a fully immersive concert experience. It consists of a headset offering 360-degree panoramic views of the orchestra and location-specific recorded sound. Full story





Women in Music: An ongoing debate

At Big Sound last week, Pitchfork Senior Editor, Jessica Hopper, addressed sexism in the music industry in her keynote address. But, as writer Che-Marie Triggs pointed out in her Happy article, only 53 out of 152 Big Sound speakers were women. Full story



APRA AMCOS chief shares digital insights and some optimism

At our recent Contemporary Music Roundtable, APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle shared interesting insights for songwriters about the current state of the digital music world. Full story



Aussie-NZ Duo Become First Non-American Winners of Unsigned Only

Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell took home the Unsigned Grand Prize this year, becoming the first non-Americans to win the prestigious competition. Full story

Australian Rapper Wins Gold at Performing Arts “Olympics”

A Parramatta-based rapper who experienced homelessness as a teenager has won gold at the 2015 World Championships of Performing Arts. Full story

Thousands of Sydneysiders protest against lock-out laws

Thousands of people took to the streets to protest against Sydney’s lockout laws and the impact they are having on the city’s vibrancy. Full story

Bob Katter calls for “John Williamson legislation” to protect iconic songs

Federal MP Bob Katter has proposed an amendment in Parliament to protect iconic songs from trademark registration. Full story



The question of colour in classical music organisations

US violinist Aaron Dworkin is advocating for musicians of colour with an aptitude in classical music. In Australia, the classical music sector needs to ask itself if it is making enough effort to include and represent underserved communities. Full story


CelloXtravaganza will see 100 cellos on stage

The inaugural Melbourne Cello Festival brings together leading teachers of the instrument and students from around Australia. Comprising masterclasses, panel discussions and concerts, it culminates in a CelloXtravaganza finale concert featuring an orchestra of 100 cellos. Full story


A Drone Opera brings the artform bang up-to-date

A Drone Opera, shown this month at Arts House Melbourne. With music by Susan Frykberg, and exploring drones as the new technological frontier in combat, it might signal a bolder preparedness by composers to step into contemporary world affairs. Full story




Musicological Society of Australia hits out at ANU music school staff losses

The MSA has written a letter to ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young, expressing its concerns over “on-going instability at the School of Music”. It cites recent staff losses and a disabling workplace environment faced by the School’s academic staff.  Full story


ASME conference will examine how music is faring in the national Arts curriculum

ASME’s 20th National Conference in Adelaide will hold a workshop that assesses current developments in the national Arts curriculum. The conference comprises three days of papers, workshops and performances on the theme of Music: Educating for Life. Full story


Music on the High Seas

Australia’s biggest school initiative, Music: Count Us In, heads to the open waters in collaboration with Carnival Australia. Full story


Instruments Needed at Western Sydney Primary School

A music teacher at Glenmore Park Primary is calling for donations of keyboards and guitars. Individuals with a spare keyboard, guitar or ukulele can contact Kathy Whitby on 0404 055 320. More information




Men’s Sheds in Victoria to Build and Play Community Marimbas

Community Music Victoria’s 4m project is bringing instrument-building skills and music-making to men’s sheds in country Victoria.
Full story




Competitions and Awards



FBi’s Dance Class

FBi is inviting women to apply to FBi’s Dance Class, a comprehensive DJ training and mentorship program for female dance music lovers. They’ll select a team of five trainees with the program running throughout October and November. Learn basic DJ skills, radio presenting, how to navigate the industry and more. More information

APRA Tropscore

The object of Tropscore is simple – produce a musical score or synch for a short film clip provided by Tropfest. The winning artist or band get the chance to perform their score live on stage at Tropfest and also receive $5,000, courtesy of APRA AMCOS. Entries close Thu 8 Oct. Apply here

Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award

This annual songwriting competition seeks to recognise, showcase and promote the talents of local songwriters. Prizes include cash and studio time. Grand Final Concert will be held on Sunday 1 November, 7.30pm at Northcote Town Hall. More information


The 4th Federation Bells Composition Competition

Compose your masterpiece for the Federation Bells and publish it before 26 October 2015 to be in the running to win $2000 and other prizes. More information


Country Music Awards

Nominations for the 44th Country Music Awards of Australia 2016 are now open, closing October 2. More information

Musicoz Awards

Covering  18 genres of music with over 5000 entries each year, The Musicoz Awards give recognition and exposure, as well as development opportunities to finalists and winners.  The biggest awards for unsigned and independent music artists in Australia. Entries close Sep 30. Apply here


Programs, Workshops and Masterclasses


Hello Uke – Call Out

Ukulele players are invited to join Melbourne Ukulele Kollective, The UFO and Uke4Kids and special guest Jen Cloher for a performance at Northcote Town Hall on October 25 as part of Hello Sunday and the Darebin Music Feast. More information, rehearsal dates and registration


Sing for Good

Join former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and friends at A Song for Iceberger Dan Canta. Sing for Good aims to make our brains and lives healthier through singing. They encourage families, workplaces, schools, choirs, sports teams, everyone to enter a video of them singing in 3 easy steps during the months of August, September and October. More information


Conferences, Events, Seminars


ANATS QLD - Singing Futures: Pedagogies, Practices and the Digital Age

24-27 Sep

The conference includes a range of topics related to pedagogies, practices and future opportunities to be covered in leading keynote addresses, panel discussions, papers and masterclasses. More information


Arts Access Australia presents Meeting Place 2015

23 Oct

Meeting Place 2015 brings people interested in arts and disability together to generate real conversations, explore the distinctive nature of the sector and share brilliant artistic work. More information


Melbourne Fringe Festival

16 Sep – 4 Oct

Now in its 33rd year, the Melbourne Fringe Festival – which predates Melbourne Festival by four years – this year features 401 separate shows presented by some 6000 artists.


Sydney Fringe Festival

1-30 Sep
Now in its sixth year the Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW.

The Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS)

15 and 16 October

CHASS is inviting registrations for its 2015 National Forum Inspiring a Creative Australia. At Woodward Conference Centre, University of Melbourne. More information


S.A. Community Music Festival

The ARPA Orchestra is sponsoring and organising the first Festival for S.A. Community Music.
Over 500 musicians in 20 excellent Bands, Choirs and Orchestras will present 16  entertaining
shows at 3pm and 7pm every Sunday 11 Oct – 29 Nov. More information


Face the Music Conference

13 – 14 Nov
Melbourne music city’s own contemporary music summit, Face The Music, returns in November for its eighth annual conference. More information


SXSW Music 2016 - Artist applications open 

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. Apply now for your opportunity at SXSW 2016.


Airlie Beach Festival of Music

6-8 November
Line up includes 10cc, Toni Childs, Angry Anderson with the James Southwell Band, The Black Sorrows, Richard Clapton and Wendy Matthews. More information

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


ASME National Conference: Adelaide

30 Sep – 2 Oct
Conference theme - Music: Educating for Life
ASME 2015 highlights the formal and non-formal value of music learning. Includes keynote speakers (Richard Gill OAM, Katie Wardrobe and Professor Graham Welch), workshops from leading educators, performances, and a young composers component. Registrations and information


Electronic Music Conference

1-2 Dec
Sydney’s annual electronic music conference is Asia-Pacific’s premier electronic music industry event. Special Guest this year is iconic DJ Carl Cox. Music Australia members receive an industry discount on tickets -  just enter your membership number at checkout.  Purchase tickets


TUTTI 2016: 18th National Conference of Orff Schulwerk

Jan 2016
This is a conference for music educators working in schools, colleges, child care, tertiary education or music therapy. More information




RELEASE - The Business of Independent Label Management Calling for applications from Australia & New Zealand

RELEASE, the dynamic five stage program designed to assist independent label owners from Australia and New Zealand grow their businesses, is now calling for applications. Applications close 25 September

MusicNSW Quick Response Grants

Applications close Sep 27. Apply here

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. More information




Producer Opportunities - Brisbane City Council, BrisAsia Festival 2016 Program

Brisbane City Council's Creative Communities team is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for several opportunities as part of the BrisAsia Festival 2016 program. More information

Head of Bands - St Peters Lutheran College

Applications sought for Head of Bands at the Indooroopilly School to commence 1 January 2016. Closing date 25 Sep. More information


Principal Viola - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Applications are invited for the above full-time salaried position. The Australian Chamber Orchestra has an annual season of over eighty performances throughout Australia as well as a regular overseas touring schedule. More details

Chief Operating Officer - Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Diverse leadership role responsible for a broad range of operational activities including assisting with the Company’s strategic plan, attracting, creating and managing the ASO’s commercial activities as well as financial, ICT and asset management. More information

Corporate Partnerships Manager - Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

A critical position responsible for developing, implementing and managing relationships with existing and prospective corporate partners, trusts and foundations. More information

Donor Relations Manager - Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

A pivotal role cultivating relationships with existing and prospective individual donors as well as developing and implementing giving strategies.  More information


Administration Manager - ANAT

Based in Adelaide, the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) is Australia's leading organisation working at the intersection of art, science and technology. More information

Ticketing Assistant, Creative Learning - Sydney Opera House

The Creative Learning Ticketing Assistant is responsible for providing ticketing and booking service for schools in support of SOH's Creative Learning & Young People’s program encompassing performances, events, workshops and forums. More information

Marketing Coordinator - Live Performance Australia

A full-time position requiring an enthusiastic team player with the ability to bring innovative and fresh ideas to the organisation. More information



Deputy Concertmaster, Tutti Viola, Associate Principal Percussion, Tutti Double Bass – Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra

Various closing dates. More information




Matilda the Musical – Sydney Lyric, NSW

Award-winning musical with music by Tim Minchin. Book tickets

Lady Sings it Better – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

23 Sep 

Smashing expectations one soaring harmony at a time, Lady take on the western world’s greatest male musicians, unearthing offensive, surprising and, frankly, bizarre lyrics in your favourite tunes. Book tickets


They Might be Giants – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

2 Nov
Following their successful 2013 Australian Tour, TMBG return with thoroughly engaging and entertaining shows. Book tickets

Of Thee I Sing – Sydney Opera House, NSW

26-27 September
The complete 1931 Pulitzer Prize winning musical will be recreated live on stage in a special concert performance featuring a choir of 400 and an orchestra playing the original orchestrations from 1931. Book tickets

Australian Shakuhachi Society Festival - Cleveland, QLD

2-5 October
Redlands Performing Arts Centre. More information

Blush Opera and New Music Network present: Fancy Me Dead, Katoomba & Sydney, NSW

3  Oct & 12 Oct 

'Fancy Me Dead' is emerging composer and librettist Paul Smith's first production for the fledgling Blush Opera. With Jermaine Chair and Taryn Shroj, and pianist Benjamin Burton.
Baroque Room, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba
Hayes Theatre, Potts Point 

Boney M - National Tour

15-28 October 2015
Euro Pop superstars Boney M (Feat. Maizie Williams) are back performing across Australia. Book tickets

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