We have had a very busy few weeks at Music Australia. Against a backdrop of political dramas over festivals and a NSW State election, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Saintilan as our new CEO. Paul has a strong background in music education and the business of music. I can also announce that we have appointed Ruth Mulvey as Program Manager. Ruth’s background includes experience in the community music sector.

We are very lucky to have such experienced and talented additions to our staff. I can also announce that Scarlett Di Maio, who has been the anchor for us during the past few months, has been promoted to Program Manager.

In more good news, we have just closed the 2019 Music: Count Us In National Songwriting Competition to a record number of entries.   

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Michael Smellie
Acting CEO, Music Australia





UK Report Urges Major Changes in Music Education

The UK’s Music Commission has released a report that presents a 10-year vision of how music education should be advanced in that country. We look at its key recommendations and consider how it might spur similar thinking in Australia. Full story





APRA AMCOS Moves to Strengthen Gender Equality in Music Production

Latest figures show that females are underrepresented across many areas of Australian music. To help combat the persistent gender gap, APRA AMCOS is holding a series of workshops for female composers on music production in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Full story



ABC Classic’s Festival of Female Composers: What Next?

ABC Classic’s festival of female composers helped highlight and hopefully break down classical music’s persistent gender divide. Arguably though, the station needs to set more aggressive content targets in order to give a fair and adequate representation for female composers. Full story





Tough Challenges: Teaching Music in Rural and Remote Schools

A report issued by the Gonski Institute for Education highlights serious disparities that exist between the educational opportunities for non-urban and urban Australian school children. We look at the situation of music education that can be inferred from this report. Full story




SongMakers: Encouraging Kids’ Creativity in Song Writing

After starting as a pilot program in 2013, SongMakers has mentored students at dozens of secondary schools around Australia in song writing and recording. Run by APRA AMCOS, it has developed partnership with JMC Academy and Tasmania’s Department of Education. Full story





Child Protection and Safety: What Private Music Teachers Need to Know

The responsibilities that private or studio based teachers need to afford to students in terms of ensuring their safety and protection are a matter of paramount importance. We look at issues to be aware of and what constitutes best practice. 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.

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Competitions & Awards


Upcoming Awards and Competitions:

The Lighthouse Award
Applications close 18 April
Established in memory of Linda Gebar, The Lighthouse Award grants $5,000 to a female Victorian music manager who exhibits passion, creativity and integrity.


CHASS Australia Prize

Nominations close 21 June
The annual CHASS Australia Prizes are a great opportunity for the sector to showcase the excellent work being done in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) in Australia.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

Bolster Buddies

Applications close 31 March 
Bolster is a digital agency in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and they are offering the chance for people (women and GNC encouraged to apply) to have coffee with an expert in our team about learning, the industry, work and more.

Arts Law Workshop

1 April, Darwin
This workshop features Suzanne Derry, a senior solicitor at the Arts Law Centre of Australia and will be presented via webinar, covering how Arts Law works for creators and answering questions that relate to your music.

A Song Like Alice Songwriting Workshop

4 – 11 April, Alice Springs
Over a series of 3 free workshops collaborate with other Alice Springs based songwriters in a small group setting- an opportunity to share new songs in a supportive space and to reflect on songwriting process and techniques.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Festival and Conference Opportunities:


Musica Viva Festival
25 – 28 April, Sydney

Join the fun at the Musica Viva Festival, where the world’s great performers rub shoulders with rising stars and fans.Heading the list of visiting artists is a double bass player who is only ever referred to as “the best in the world”: Edgar Meyer. He is joined by some of his friends and collaborators including pianist Andrew Tyson and brilliant young violinist Tessa Lark. Choose any 3 concerts and save 20% off a multipack subscription.

Melbourne International Singers Festival

6 – 10 June, Melbourne
Now in its tenth year, Australia’s most exciting singers festival for all choirs, singing groups and individual singers, is proud to present a bigger and even more diverse program over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in Melbourne.   

Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference

8 – 12 July, Brisbane
The Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference was launched in 1993 in Adelaide, and brings together pianists, teachers, students, scholars, piano enthusiasts and composers from all over Australia and beyond. Early bird registrations close this Friday.





Applications closing soon for these Funding opportunities:

Creativity Australia With One Voice

Applications close 29 March
To celebrate Creativity Australia’s 10 year anniversary, they are offering 10 grants of up to $10,000 to start up your own With One Voice choir.

American Express: Music Backers Program

Applications close 31 May
Over 12 months the American Express Music Backers Program will provide a boost to the Australian music industry by giving music venues, business, artists and fans the opportunity to share in a grant program valued at $1 million.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Sydney Festival, Producer, Outdoor Sites and Events

Applications close 31 March
The successful candidate will have senior producing and management experience within a mid to large scale cultural organisation along with the necessary local and international networks to facilitate the programming and producing responsibilities of the role.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Stage Manager
Applications close 9 April

The Stage Manager is responsible for stage managing all Sydney Symphony Orchestra rehearsals, concerts and events.

Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Business Manager
Applications close 12 April

A role for an experienced financial and project management professional who can manage the relocation of ANAM’s operations during their development period, in addition to taking senior responsibility for ANAM’s financial management.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

I’m With Her
16 April, City Recital Hall, Sydney
I’m With Her is Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan: an "alliance of Americana virtuosos" The New York Times. Performing live at the City Recital Hall, hear the folk trio supergroup perform hits from their debut album See You Around (2018). Music Australia E-News subscribers get 10% off Standard tickets when you use the promo code IWH10. Book here.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Education Concerts: Primary & Secondary
13 – 15 June 2019
Join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on a sonic safari through the worlds of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and Matthew Hindson’s Dangerous Creatures. Bookings include access to pre-concert digital resources and a briefing for teachers.


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