Our Contemporary Music Roundtable has sold out! 140 professionals will gather today and tomorrow at Sydney’s Customs House to shape a shared agenda for growth. We will also launch our National Contemporary Music Plan, a joint white paper by 14 music industry peak bodies.

In keeping with this growth agenda, Music SA’s Adelaide Music Census shows increased live music attendances, and the Live Music Office launches a cool new Live Music Map.

In the next of our orchestral series on imaginative approaches to growing public engagement, we explore the work of Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

And our celebratory mood after a decade of school music continues; our Music: Count Us In program’s Sing-Along Video ‘Let It Play’ has had over 20,000 views. Check it out now!

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Chris Bowen
Music Australia





Music and Psychoanalysis: Australian Composition Students in Germany

An interesting exploration of an area not often encountered in new music took place at Monash University last year. Four psychoanalytical portraits were composed to reflect the lives of living persons, base on personality profiles created by a German psychoanalyst. Full story





ABC staff concerned that Classic FM is set for big changes

The Community and Public Sector Union says that employees at ABC Classic FM are concerned that major changes to the station are looming. Station manager Richard Buckham has responded saying that “significant savings” will need to be made. Full story 



BackStage - a new home for art music in Sydney

New York’s yMusic and the music box project will perform in a new venue in Darlinghurst called BackStage@CreativeSpace99. Described as a living space for living music, the plan is to make it an ongoing location for new music. Full story 



National Contemporary Music Plan to be launched at Roundtable 

An industry wide partnership led by Music Australia has produced a National Plan for Contemporary Music – providing a strategic blueprint for industry wide growth. It will be launched at the 2016 Contemporary Music Roundtable. Full story



Radio Adelaide confirms axing of classical and jazz programs

Radio Adelaide’s General Manager Rob Popplestone has confirmed that the station will cut its existing classical music and jazz programs. He has said that both genres have attracted “a narrow silo of public interest” at the station. Full story



New Live Music Map to Help Australian Touring Artists

Artists can find venues, promoters, recording facilities and rehearsal spaces with just a few clicks. Full story



Thinking in terms of community: the TSO

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has become one of Australia’s most flexible orchestras, with multiple player combinations and performance venues. It serves an example of how a ‘community of musicians’ really can work. Full story



2016 Census Shows Live Music’s State of Play in Adelaide 

1,101 gigs were held across 208 venues in greater Adelaide during May, a 14 percent increase in twelve months. Full story




Longer school hours could help children’s education in music

A recent survey in South Australia has shown that most parents want school hours to be extended. If this were to happen, there could be more opportunities music for school children to learn and participate in music. Full story

Empowering Students to be Their Own Music Directors

Music-making for young people must include opportunities for creativity and improvisation. Conductor-less orchestras are on the rise. Is it time for students to extend their creativity by exploring music-making in conductor-less ensembles? How can teachers support students in these endeavours? Full story




Ground-breaking Music and Memory Program Expands in NSW 

Hundreds of patients with dementia, depression and pain are set to benefit from this innovative, music-centred initiative from the Arts Health Institute. Full story




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Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:


FBi Radios Northern Lights Competition

Applications close 5 Aug
The independent broadcaster is looking for exciting new Australian talent to champion on an international scale. One act will be flown to Iceland to play as part of the official lineup for Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik..

Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition

Registrations close 1 Sep
This international competition see young string quartets and piano trios from all over the world converge on Vienna from 20 February – 2 March 2017 to compete artistically for the seventh time.

Change the World With Your Song Competition

Entries close 15 Aug

“Change the World with Your Song” is a songwriting competition which aims to generate constructive discussion and to help change the way people think about issues which impact on us all. 


FYA Unleashed Awards

Nominations close 15 August
Nominations are now open for the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) annual Unleashed Awards, which celebrate the achievements and diversity of Australia’s young dreamers, doers, thinkers and creators. There are six award categories open to nominations.


2017 Australian of the Year Awards

Nominations close 7 August
More information on the Awards and criteria is available on the Australian of the Year website.


Programs, Workshops & Resources


Applications closing soon for these Workshops & Programs:

Gondwana National Choral School 2017

Applications close 19 August
The Choral School is the premiere choral experience in Australia, bringing together singers, composers and conductors from across Australia in January for an intensive two week season. This residential program held at the University of New South Wales concludes with concerts, showcasing the talents of choristers, conductors and composers.

Hip Hop & Rap Workshop, AIM

20 Aug, Sydney
From making a beat to writing a rap, students will gain valuable experience and insight into the hip-hop and rap world, and finish the workshop with a recording.

Community Media Training Courses

Applications close Mid-August
The CMTO is now accepting applications for its range of accredited and non-accredited training courses. Courses are targeted at radio stations and include priority courses for broadcasters who are based in regional or remote areas, Indigenous or part of an ethnic community group. People responsible for coordinating training at their radio stations are encouraged to apply.

Singing Skills for Choral Conductors

3- 31 Aug, Melbourne
A series of five workshops organised by the Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training (ACCET). Choral conductors benefit from being able to sing to demonstrate the needs of choral music being rehearsed, and need to have devices for teaching the vocal challenges in the music of the choir. Using a mix of self-improvement for the conductor, and working on choral scores and their vocal problems, this short course will assist choral conductors with their own voice and with those of their choristers.



Conferences, Seminars, Workshops & Events


Conferences, Seminars & Events just around the corner:

Give, Get, or Get Off! Are We Underutilising Our Arts Boards?

8 August, Sydney
This month’s SAMAG seminar promises to be a lively discussion. This month’s seminar will be hosted by senior ABC journalist Anne Maria Nicholson, together with a highly experienced panel of arts board members, CEOs and not-for-profit experts. 

Bringing in the Music Seminar   

10 August, Sydney
City of Sydney is hosting a free seminar offering expert advice on transforming your venue or business into a live music hotspot. Gain insight into this lucrative industry sector from Richard Adamson of Young Henrys and Richie Haines from the Riversdale Group and the famous Marlborough Hotel. They’ll talk about their unique partnership and the story behind the Young Henrys Live Project.


Conversations in Fundraising, Creative Partnerships Australia  

15 Aug – 4 Oct, National
Creative Partnerships Australia has gathered some of the best and brightest arts professionals for Conversations in Fundraising. It is an opportunity to learn from your peers as CEO Fiona Menzies leads informal discussions with arts organisations who have successfully grown their philanthropy or fundraising programs.

Regional Leadership Summit

16-17 August, Bendigo, VIC
The Regional Leadership Summit will bring together the best minds in community and stakeholder engagement from across the country, and will involve an exciting program of information exchange, networking and celebration.

Newcastle Music Festival 

11 – 21 Aug, Newcastle, NSW

The festival aims to foster the development of young musicians; students have the chance to learn from and perform alongside local and guest professionals including mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble, the award-winning Acacia String Quartet (Sydney) and violinist Tor Fromyhr (Canberra).

Going Global Music Summit

2 Sept - 4 Sept, Auckland, New Zealand
Going Global Music Summit provides musicians, producers, composers, labels, promoters, industry professionals and fans a chance to perform, discuss, learn, teach, and interact in front of an audience of like-minded peers in an environment that encourages the global exchange of ideas, techniques and trends.

Creative Cities – Nurturing Creative Communities

5 September, Sunshine Coast, QLD
This one day REMIX Academy event will bring together leading urbanists and creatives to explore the ingredients you need to nurture creative cities and communities.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:

Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships

Applications close 7 Aug
Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships provides unrestricted grants of $160,000 over two years to individual artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities.


The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grants

Applications close 8 Aug
RAF Community grants are intended to assist cultural development projects that meet the objectives and eligibility criteria of the Regional Arts Fund. The objectives of the Fund are to support and promote participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional and remote Australia.


Aboriginal Arts Grant Program

Applications close 8 August
The Aboriginal Arts Grant Program provides project funding to support long term growth and sustainability of Aboriginal arts and culture in Western Australia. Those looking to deliver projects which foster long term skills development goals for Aboriginal artists, arts workers and communities are encouraged to apply.


Institute for Provocation (IFP) residency- China

Applications close 10 August 
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for Australian artists to apply for an Institute for Provocation (IFP) residency, taking place in Beijing, China from 1 October – 1 December 2016.


Inner West Council, Artists in Residence Program

Applications Closes 14 Aug
The Inner West Council is seeking artists to participate in the 2017/2018 Artist in Residence program. The program is open to all art forms and disciplines. Artists must reside outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area and international artists are also welcome to apply


Arts South Australia, Recording Contemporary Music Grant

Application close 12 Aug
Recording supports projects for the production of a quality master audio and/or video recording of original South Australian music. The recording needs to demonstrate exceptional potential and be particularly timely for the artist’s career development.


Arts South Australia, Festivals and Venues Grants

Application close 12 Aug
Festivals and Venues grants are available for activities that support live performance opportunities for South Australian artists, and audience development for contemporary music in South Australia. You can apply for up to 50% of the total eligible expenses.


Regional Arts Victoria Community Grants

Applications close 15 Aug
Community Grants are available for Cultural Projects & Skills Development (Up to $15,000) and ‘Toe in the Water’ (Up to $6,000 for first time applicants).


Folk Alliance Australia Small Grants Scheme 

Applications close 19 August
The Folk Alliance Australia (FAA) have just launched their Small Grants scheme for folk music projects or groups. Four $3000 grants are available to those who whose projects will enhance and lift the profile of the folk music community and industry in Australia.


Waterloo Creative Live/Work Space

EOIs close 25 August
The City of Sydney is seeking applications for a new creative live/work space in Waterloo.  Located within the Waterloo Library grounds, the self-contained apartment is available for artists or creative workers who are open to collaborating with the library.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs:


Music Therapist, Able Australia

Applications close 5 August
Able Australia is seeking a part time Music Therapist based in Camberwell, Victoria.

Country Arts SA
Applications close 12 August
A rare opportunity exists for an inspiring creative with vision and passion to work for Country Arts SA in partnership with Coorong District Council and Raukkan Community Council. The role requires you to develop and manage arts and cultural projects, support creative practitioners, work cross-culturally and to oversee a small team acrss regional South Australia.

Publicity and Digital Marketing Coordinator, Live Nation

Applications close 12 August
Live Nation is recruiting a coordinator based in Melbourne to assist the digital and communications team in the operation and implementation of all tour related publicity, promotional and advertising campaigns in Australia and New Zealand.

Marketing Coordinator, Contemporary Music, Sydney Opera House

Applications close 11 August
The Sydney Opera House is recruiting a Marketing Coordinator with a minimum of 2 years professional experience or major internship experience, preferably in the contemporary music/performing arts industries.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Marketing Manager

Applications close 12 August
The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is seeking an experienced Marketing Manager to manage all aspects of the Orchestra’s marketing campaigns.

Music Manager, Vienna People

RockFellaz recently partnered up with Vienna People Records to form a brand new indie label that focuses on the cutting edge music and releases that attract the worlds attention. They are seeking an experienced Music Manager.

The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Director Corporate Service 

Applications close 19 August
The Arts Centre Gold Coast is the dynamic heart for visual and performing arts on the Gold Coast and is seeking to appoint a Director or Corporate Services

Universal Music Australia: Development & Employee Engagement Partner; Analytics & Strategy Manager; Commercial Executive; PR & Media Manager 

Universal Music Group (UMG) is recruiting for a number of roles.


MSO, Principal First Violin

Applications close 15 Aug

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) auditioning for Principal First Violin.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Section Principal Viola

Recorded auditions are to be received by 29 Aug
Auditions will be held in Perth on Monday 5 September 2016.

Drummer, Casual

Applications close 30 Aug
Melbourne musician, Klara Zubonja, is seeking a technically cabable, expressive, dynamic and committed drummer able to play gigs at least twice a month and rehearse regularly.

SSO - Tutti 1st Violin, Tutti 2nd Violin, Principal Clarinet, Principal Flute

Sydney Symphony Orchestra is currently auditioning a number of positions.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Dave Arden: Songman & Storyteller

7 July – 3 Sep, Regional VIC
Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria. Dave Arden is one of Australia’s most prolific and accomplished musicians. A talented songwriter and storyteller, this performance features twelve original songs and stories taking you on a journey into Dave’s two countries of the Gunditjmara and the Kokatha tribes.

Glorious Brahms – Master 5

5 & 6 Aug, Adelaide
American violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, joins the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Johannes Fritzsch to perform Brahms’s monumental Violin Concerto at the Adelaide Town Hall.

Great Hall Concert: Welcome back from Estivo

6 Sept, Sydney
A free concert in the University of Sydney Great Hall to welcome back Sydney Conservatorium of Music students who recently participated in the Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School in Verona, Italy.

Dream Drone with the sound of Hemp

17 Sept, Sydney Opera House
The Dream Drone is a unique sound created by playing multiple didgeridoo in a special way. This ancient instrument has the capacity to produce the primordial sound of creation and the Dream Drone expresses this primal power to its full potential. Take part in this sound event.

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