Well it certainly has been a turbulent start to the year for music lovers, particularly those who love to attend festivals. The NSW Government, in forcing through a number of very controversial new regulations, have united number significant players who are mounting a strong counter attack. Details are covered in this month's e-news edition. With a Federal election on the cards soon, we should all prepare for more drama as the parties attempt to woo voters.

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School Music Education In China May Be Moving Towards ‘Aesthetic Values’

Changes in school music education in China may see less emphasis on rote learning and a new priority on aesthetics, emotion and engagement. We survey the landscape of Chinese school music education and investigate the significance of this new pedagogy. Full story



Are YouTube Videos Good Or Bad For Learning A Musical Instrument?

The internet has revolutionised music teaching in many areas, but pre-recorded videos such as those available on YouTube remain a dubious option for those wanting to learn the piano, violin or other instrument. We weigh up the pros and cons. Full story





The Australian Music Industry Reacts To NSW Government’s ‘War On Music Festivals’

It is a turbulent time for Australian music festivals. In protest of the NSW Government’s destructive new licensing scheme for music festivals which comes into effect tomorrow, thousands of live music fans, musicians and industry representatives are making sure their voices are heard. Full story



Making It Cool To Go Solo To The Opera

Opera Australia’s Opera for One ticketing option allows individuals to purchase tickets for performances and meet as a group. Recently introduced, it promises to overcome one of the principal barriers that have been identified in opera attendance. Full story





More Commitment To Early Music Education Is Needed

Music’s place in preschool education probably needs a rethink given the impact that the ABC Don’t Stop the Music gave to music education at the primary level. We look at new thinking in this area and arguments for an overhaul. Full story




For The Music Teacher’s Bookshelf

Two new publications will be of interest to secondary school music teachers. World Music Pedagogy helps promote global thinking in the classroom, and Music and Music Education in People’s Lives expands the purview of music pedagogy to many social contexts. Full story





Classical Meets Techno In Underground Melbourne Carpark

Since 2012, an underground Melbourne carpark has been turned over to community use including concerts. In a concert series held there called Play On, classical and electronic combine in innovative ways. We look at how it works. Full story





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Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition
Applications close 12 April 
Calling all songwriters! Entrants to go into the running for a career-changing $50,000 first place cash prize, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG.


Salzburg International Choral Celebration & Competition

19 – 24 June, Austria
Find your place in a wide range of categories for different standards, types of choirs and musical genres for all amateur groups. Apply for festival activities and sing along with others or improve your skills in during coaching performances.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:


9 – 30 March, Various Locations
APRA AMCOS invites women and non-binary songwriter and composer members to apply for its new full-day music production workshop series, EQUALIZE.

Q Music Presents Hookups Networking Events

22 March – 7 April, Various Locations
Ahead of Q Music’s 2019 Industry Connect program, their series of Music Industry Hookups are an opportunity to interact and network with fellow artists and industry from across your city.

Smart Arts Workshops

28 March – 13 April, Various Locations
Murray Arts in conjunction with the City of Wodonga presents Smart Arts, a series of free professional development workshops for artists and the greater community.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


DAYTiME – A Day of Technology in Music Education
22 March, Perth

Presented by Music EDnet, DAYTiME is an annual one-day professional development conference focusing on the effective integration of technology in music education. It offers a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced exponents of the use of technology in music education, as well as some time to network with your peers and share ideas and resources.

ANZ Night Time Economy Forum

12 – 14 June, Sydney
A forum discussing ways we can create a vibrant night time economy in Sydney after dark, looking at Amsterdam as a case study.

Indie Week

17 – 20 June, New York
Indie Week is a member-only conference for record labels and service providers with a strong focus on the exploitation of master recordings, licensing, networking and digital. Are you an indie label keen to take part in an Australian delegation to New York? 




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:

PPCA & Australia Council Recording Grants

Applications close 19 March
PPCA has partnered again with the Australia Council to offer the sixth round of its highly successful program which offers five $15,000 grants to assist Australian artists create new recordings.

Arts Queensland Individuals Fund

Applications close 12 April
Round one of Arts Queensland's 2019 Individuals Fund is open, offering up to $10K per application for artists and cultural workers for professional and career development.

Churchill Fellowship
Applications close 30 April
Passionate Australians who want to challenge the status quo to create or make a positive impact on Australian society can bring their ideas to life in 2019 by applying for a Churchill Fellowship. Travel overseas for 4-8 weeks to investigate inspiring practices that can benefit Australian communities.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


I.C.E, Development Manager

Applications close 8 March
The Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E) is looking for a Development Manager who will be pivotal in assisting them to resource the expansion and reach of their programs, and the positive impact our work with a range of dynamic yet vulnerable communities.

Big Hart, Community Producer
Applications close 8 March

Big hART is offering an exciting opportunity to work with Australia’s leading campaigning arts organisation to support the delivery of an award-winning prevention program Project O.

Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation, Arts Centre Manager
Applications close 22 March

The Art Centre Manager reports directly to the board of directors and is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

The Jesus And Mary Chain Tour
7 March – 16 March, Various Locations
Noise pop pioneers The Jesus and Mary Chain return to Australia’s shores for their trademark searing, feedback drenched rock and roll.

Heard Instinct Open Mic Nights

14 and 28 March, Shingo’s Coffee Lounge, Shepparton

Heard Instinct Open Mic Nights is a new initiative co-designed by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) and a group of young creatives from diverse cultural backgrounds living in Shepparton. Having kicked off on Valentine’s Day, the nights will continue fortnightly on Thursdays at Shingo’s Coffee Lounge and will be hosted by veteran hip hop artist 1/6 (aka Aaron Stephanus).


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  • The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
  • Thomson Geer Lawyers
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