We have teamed up with Vivid Ideas to present Classical Futures, a panel discussion on 5 June, as part of our Music Talks series. We have a tremendous panel lined up to explore trends, directions and likely futures for this artform, its practice and audiences. Tickets are limited so book yours now – free for Music Australia members. More info here.
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Chris Bowen CEO
Music Australia





International Record Store Day

Record Store Day is on Saturday 18 April. Get down to your favourite store, buy some vinyl or CDs and mingle with the activity. Read our run down of store locations and activities here



The power of music to change lives 

Tom Barnes from music.mic has gathered nine inspiring stories from several continents about music’s transformative power to change lives. Read our full story here





ISPs submit graduated response system to curb piracy

To date Australia’s telecom sector have resisted attempts to enlist their support to help reduce online copyright infringement. Now, in response to the Government’s urging, they have come up with a plan. Read our story here



Australian Music Industry Launches #NOTON Campaign

The Australian music industry is raising awareness about violence against women with its #NOTON campaign, with numerous prominent artists lending their support. Read our full story



Australian Music Festivals Recognised In Tourism Awards

This importance of music festivals to the tourism industry was recognised at the 2014 Australian Tourism Awards, with four events receiving acknowledgement. Read our full story



How GenY yearns for classical music

Making classical music “trendier” might be the wrong way to get younger people interested. Daniel Ward in The Spectator writes that the answer is not to try popularising classical music but should start with education.  Read our full story here



Classical listeners rate low in loyalty

Classical listeners are a fickle bunch it seems, in Australia and globally. A Spotify survey puts them at the bottom of a ‘Listener Loyalty’ list and concludes that “Metal fans are the world’s loyalest listeners”. Read our full story here



ASO appoints Nicholas Carter as its next principal conductor

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has named 29 year-old Australian Nicholas Carter as its new Principal Conductor, the first such appointment by an Australian state orchestra in nearly three decades. Carter is currently Kapellmeister of Deutsche Opera Berlin. Read our full story here



Paul Dean and Yarmila Alfonzetti to direct next Four Winds Festival

Renowned clarinettist Paul Dean and events manager Yarmila Alfonzetti will jointly direct the biennial Four Winds Festival next Easter. Event chair Sheena Boughen says: the new team will “bring creativity and innovation to our 18th Festival in 2016”. Read our full story here




National Music Teacher Mentoring Program 

Richard Gill’s new National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, with the Australian Youth Orchestra, runs in Melbourne on 6 and 7 May, and registrations of interest need to be in by April 20. Read our full story


Kim Waldock heads to Royal Opera House

Kim Waldock, Director of Learning and Engagement at the Sydney Symphony, has been appointed General Manager of Learning and Participation Program at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Read our full story 


2015 Music: Count Us In Song is on the way!

The race to Celebration Day has now begun! We have our 2015 Music: Count Us In Program Song and we would love to tell you a little bit about it. Read our full story 





First Nations Stations to Collaborate on 12-Hr Long Broadcast

First Nations stations in four capital cities will work together on a 12-hour long, digital project, to be broadcast live during NAIDOC Week 2015.
Read our full story


Crowd Funding Campaign Hopes to Buy Melbourne Café

Melbourne’s inner west community wants to raise $1.5 million via Pozible to keep the Dancing Dog Café out of the hands of developers. 
Read our full story


Boite Millennium Chorus to Present One Africa Concert

Vocalists of all levels and experiences are invited to join the Boite Millennium Chorus. This year’s concert, titled One Africa, will take place in Melbourne in August. Read our full story







APRA AMCOS  - Music Grants Program

APRA AMCOS music grants program invest in projects, events and organisations that support, develop and invest in our members’ music. Applications are open now and close on 31 May. Information and applications here.

Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships

The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships provide unrestricted grants of $160,000 over two years to individual artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities. Specific outcomes for the Fellowships are not required. Criteria used to select Fellows are: outstanding talent and exceptional courage. Applications close on 31 May 2015.

Ian Potter Foundation Grants

The Ian Potter Foundation supports arts organisations to build capability and raise the bar of aspiration and achievement. Well-considered programs that strategically foster arts appreciation and accessibility are sought. Expressions of interest for funding over $50,000 close on 11 May 2015.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims encourage the pursuit of excellence. Early career or emerging artists can pursue International professional development opportunities with a grant of up to $7,000. Applications for project/travel after 4 September 2015 close on 12 May 2015.

Australia Council grants

Rounds  of the 2015 Australia Council grants programs close on 2 June, 1 September and 1 December 2015 and potential applicants are encouraged to contact Australia Council to seek guidance on formulating your proposal. The funding categories are:

  • Development Grants for Individuals and Groups – $5,000 – $25,000

  • Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups – $10,000 – $50,000

  • Arts Projects – Organisations – $10,000 to $150,000


Arts Queensland – Projects and Programs Fund

The Projects & Programs Fund supports projects and programs that create vibrant arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. Applications for up to $60 000 can be made at any time but must be received at least sixteen weeks prior to the project start date.  


Regional Arts Australia – Regional Arts Development Fellowships closing soon

This Fellowship program supports regional artists and arts workers to develop their professional practice, promote the work of regional artists nationally and internationally and deliver benefits to communities. Details here


Marrickville Council Opens Live Music Grants closing soon

Marrickville Council has opened applications for its 2015 live music grants as an initiative to contribute to the development of the live music sector in the Marrickville area. Full story here

Woollahra Council Cultural Grants

Council's grants  support organisations, groups or individuals with activities that works towards a connected, liveable, vibrant and creative local community. Small grants up to $1,000, large grants up to $5,000, closing 22 May. More information here



Joan Carden Award 

 The  Award aims to identify and encourage young singing talent, strengthen the Choir’s relationship with the University of Sydney and the Sydney music community. Entries close 1st May 2015.  



Isabel Menton Composition Award 

This award recognises excellence in choral composition for unpublished and previously unperformed works. Application & submission info here



State Library Victoria Creative Fellowships

Artists practising in any art form are encouraged to apply to State Library Victoria’s annual Fellowships program. Closing 17 April.



Kodaly VIC Autumn Seminar 2015: Melbourne

15 - 16 May
This professional development seminar for music educators offers excellent practitioners and innovative resources for Australian classrooms.   A range of workshops can enrich your teaching and increase your skills in musicianship; aural training; teaching materials; choral repertoire and Kodaly pedagogy.  Registration and information here

12th Australasian Pedagogy Piano Conference 2015

6-10 Jul
The APPC conference brings together pianists, teachers, students, scholars, piano enthusiasts and composers from all over Australia and beyond. Register here

Maryborough Music Conference (QLD)

9-12 Jul
The largest and most highly regarded music education conference in Australia is expected to attract more than 900 primary, secondary and instrumental music teachers to Maryborough this year. Clinicians include James Morrison, Richard Gill, Bruce Pearson, David Theak, Joe Chindamo, David Jones, Soo Han, Kalani, Steve Smith and many more. The trade pavilion will house more than 80 trade sites. Program and registration information is available here.

Sounds Great 2015 – Victorian Music Education Biennial Conference

15-18 Jul
Music educators in all stages of their careers will benefit from attending this conference with streamed sessions for primary and secondary teachers in classroom and instrumental settings, directors of music, ensemble directors, and music technology novices and experts.
More information here

Essentially Ellington Teachers Conference 2015

8-9 Aug
Presented by the Jazz at Lincoln Centre in partnership with the Jazz Music Institute (JMI).  Led by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, teachers will get first-hand knowledge from the masters of jazz performance and education. Register here

ASME National Conference: Adelaide

30 Sep – 2 Oct
Conference theme - Music: Educating for Life
ASME 2015 highlights the value of music learning in formal and non-formal contexts. Includes keynote speakers (Richard Gill OAM, Katie Wardrobe and Professor Graham Welch), workshops from leading educators, performances, and a young composers component. Call for Papers deadline 31 March 2015.  Registrations and information here

Australian Performing Arts Market

Brisbane Powerhouse is calling all performing artists and arts organisation from across Australia and New Zealand to apply for the official APAM 2016 program. Applications close 1 July 2015.

Big Sound 2015

Artist applications are now open for BIGSOUND Live 2015. Australian and international artists have the rare chance to perform in front of some of the most influential figures in the international music industry by showcasing at BIGSOUND. Closing Date 15th May. Apply here.

AWME Showcase submissions are now open

The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) are currently taking submissions from export ready artists that are interested in showcasing at this year’s event to be held 12 - 15 November 2015 in Melbourne. More information  here



Early Childhood Australia NT workshop series

Mar – Nov 2015
Early Childhood Australia NT (ECA NT) in collaboration with Charles Darwin University (CDU) is offering a series of four workshop days as part of their 2015 Professional Learning and Development Program. More information here.

JMC Academy Audio Workshop

29 Apr – 1 May
Learn the tricks of the trade from one of the world's leading audio engineers, Dave Aron in a two hour workshop at JMC Academy. Details here

Musical Futures FREE Songwriting workshops for teachers

May - Aug
Music Australia in partnership with Musical Futures Australia is offering a FREE nationwide program of Songwriting for Teachers in 2015. Details here

Film music masterclass with Guy Gross

13-20 Jun
A unique opportunity to work with one of Australia’s leading film composers, Guy Gross. Held over two sessions, Guy will explore different aspects of writing music for film, and provide an opportunity for participants to score their own film segment, with valuable feedback provided. More info here



Sistema Aotearoa – Music Director

Sistema Aotearoa is seeking an inspirational and visionary Music Director to lead the musical development of New Zealand’s foremost El Sistema programme. More information

Melbourne Youth Music – Administration & Member Services Coordinator

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic and capable Member Services and Administration Coordinator to our team at Melbourne Youth Music More information  

City Recital Hall – Front of House Manager

The Front of House Manager is responsible for the delivery of courteous, friendly, flexible and professional customer service to patrons, clients and all users of the facility. More information

 Opera Australia – Communications Manager

The role of Communications Manager has been created to bring publicity / media relations, social media, content creation and industry partnerships under the control of a single individual. Position description here

Opera Australia – Workshop Administrator

Opera Australia is seeking a full-time Workshop Administrator to join the scenic manufacturing facility in the Technical Department. More information

ANAM – Artistic Director

The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) wishes to appoint an Artistic Director who can provide exceptional leadership to Australia’s pre-eminent music performance training institution. More information

Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Director of Learning & Engagement

The new Director, Learning & Engagement will be a key contributor to SSO’s  future through the leadership of the Learning & Engagement Department staff and its activities. More information

Perth Concert Hall - Customer Relationship & Operations Manager

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) took over the management of the Perth Concert Hall at the start of 2015.  WASO are seeking someone with advanced ticketing operations and exceptional customer relationship management skills. More information




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community.

Goldner String Quartet

21 Apr Melbourne Recital Centre VIC
This tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of Australia’s pre-eminent chamber ensemble.
Presented by Musica Viva and touring nationally. Info and bookings here.

Vibrant Balaclava

19 Apr Carlisle St Balaclava, VIC
Celebrate Balaclava’s rich mix of global cultures with a diverse mix of multicultural performers, cultural food, live music and family entertainment at this free fiesta on Carlisle St  More info

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 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit

17-19 Apr The Wheatbelt WA
leading WA acts on tour: w/ BOOM! BAP! POW! + PETE BYFIELD ALBUM TOUR
Presented by WAM Info here

Late Night Library: Music Makers

22 Apr Customs House Library Sydney, NSW
Connections between music and the written word - a panel of composers, songwriters and and musicians discuss how words and music collide in their work and influence them creatively
Presented by City of Sydney, free. Details here

Elana Stone (EP Launch)

3 May Newtown Social Club Sydney, NSW
Her unique and enchanting live performances have made her one of Australia's most sought after vocalists. Details here
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