Welcome to our final e-news for 2019, in which we close out the year with a bumper edition of Opportunities, plus news on a number of interesting developments. This edition covers:

•    A new report on the UK Music industry, which has implications for the Australian industry;
•    Australia’s only nationwide mental health songwriting competition;
•    An example of introducing music to regional schools at Yahl Primary School;
•    Music Australia livestreams from Surfers Paradise for Celebration Day, launches Songwriting Competition
•    Music as an intervention for dementia;
•    A CD project called First Sounds, bringing Indigenous artists to the airwaves (launching February 2020);
•    An announcement of 11 grant winners by Australian Music Foundation;
•    An Electronic Music Conference has won a residency at the Powerhouse Museum;
•    An Early Music Festival is to be held in Brisbane.

Thanks for your support in 2019. Our next e-news will be released 27 February. 

All the best for the festive season and the new year. 

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Paul Saintilan
CEO, Music Australia





UK Music Publishes New Report

UK Music publishes a new report which reveals more growth in the industry, a decline in music education, and an expanded definition for their study. Full story





Australian Music Foundation Announces 11 Grant Winners

The Australian Music Foundation, a UK-based charitable organisation that has supported Australian musicians studying overseas since 1975, has announced 11 winners in its 2019 awards. Among them are clarinettist Magdalenna Krstevska, euphonium player James Blackford and soprano Yvette Keong. Full story



Electronic Music Conference Wins Residency At Powerhouse Museum

Winner of the Excellence in Classical Music Award in this year’s AWMAs, Caroline Almonte has been recognised as one of Australia’s foremost concert pianists. We survey her career achievements, including her notable contribution to music education. Full story



Australia’s Only Nationwide Mental Health Songwriting Competition

The winner of ‘The Songwriting Prize’ will be revealed at Sydney venue The Factory this Thursday 28 November. Full story





The Song That Stopped The Nation

Music: Count Us In’s Celebration Day was a huge success, featuring hundreds of school students performing at Surfers Paradise on 7 November, and watched by over half a million people via our live stream. Full story




National Songwriting Competition 2020 Now Open

Student songwriters from around the country have until 19 February to submit a song that celebrates music in the lives of young Australian people. Full story




Introducing Music To Regional Schools: Yahl Primary School

Yahl Primary School in SA exemplifies what can be done to implement a successful music program despite being small and regionally based. We talk to the school’s principal about their program and how they found the necessary resources. Full story




First Sounds Brings Indigenous Artists To The Airwaves

A CD project called First Sounds is aiming to promote the work of Indigenous music artists. In a partnership between Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and First Nations Media Australia, the first disc is due for release in February 2020. Full story



More Successful Than Drugs: Music As An Intervention For Dementia

With the Aged Care Royal Commission’s Interim Report having blamed overuse of pharmaceuticals in aged care facilities, the role of music therapy is increasingly coming to the fore in the care of dementia subjects. We look at recent research from Canada. Full story


Early Music Festival Comes to Brisbane

In April the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University will be the venue for a series of concerts and workshops which will showcase the best of Brisbane’s musical talents alongside those of teachers and performers from interstate and overseas and stretch, nurture and challenge musicians to grow and improve their skills. Full story


Music Australia Holiday Giveaway!  

Thanks to our friends at Audiotechnica, we have one pair of Audiotechnica ATH-WS770iS Solid Bass over-ear headphones to giveaway. These headphones feature exclusive 53 mm Deep Motion Drivers with a rigid housing structure and Triple Venting System to provide clear, full-range audio reproduction with invigorating bass. RRP $229.00. To go in the draw email with the subject header 'Giveaway' and include your full name and mailing address. Entries close midnight 1 December. We'll be in touch if you win!

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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:

National Live Music Awards

4 December, Various Locations
The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia’s diverse and successful live industry, celebrating the diversity and success of the Australian live scene – recognising the best vocal talents and musicians alongside the best venues, events and festivals.

Golden Guitar Awards

17 – 26 January, Tamworth
The Golden Guitars are at the heart of it all - at the heart of the journey for both artists and fans alike. The Awards night gives fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with the biggest names in country music and see all of their favourite artists perform in one huge show.

Willgoss Choral Composition Prize 2019-20

Applications close 31 January
$3000 prize aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of an original work for unaccompanied choir. Entrants are required to write for a new work for UNSW’s chamber choir, the Burgundian Consort.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

SAMAG Presents: In conversation: Annie Tennant & Emily McDaniel

9 December, Sydney
Featuring two standout speakers, with a history of working collaboratively and who both provide unique perspectives of creative leadership in the Sydney arts sector, their conversation will embrace the ideas around facilitating First Nations recognition in public spaces through cultural practices, creating space and listening.

McGregor Summer Music Retreat
13 – 17 January, Toowoomba
This five-day music retreat, hosted in Toowoomba, is built on a framework able to facilitate musicians regardless of their experience with tutors ready to guide you to that next level sound, and inspire you to create, collaborate and connect.

Piano Educators Day 
20 – 21 January, Melbourne
Join Bernies Music Land for a sensational day of professional development and inspiration, exclusively for piano educators. This year’s program includes a host of punchy presentations.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Festival and Conference Opportunities:


Meeting Place

1 – 3 December, Canberra
The three-day Meeting Place program will respond to this theme and features some of Australia’s most culturally ambitious artists with disability. This event is expected to attract around 200 local, national and international arts and cultural leaders, artists and arts workers.

Falls Festival

28 December – 5 January, Various Locations
Falls Music & Arts Festival is a multi-day music festival held annually in Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle.

Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee
1 February, St Kilda
This family-friendly event celebrates contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with a one-day program featuring music and dance performances, food and market stalls, family activities, and more.

Boyup Brook Country Music Festival

13 – 16 February, Boyup Brook
The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival is one of Western Australia’s most popular music and camping festivals, held annually in February.

Golden Plains Festival

7 – 9 March, Meredith
The Golden Plains Festival is held over three days during the Victorian Labour Day long-weekend on private farmland in Victoria, Australia.





Applications closing soon for these Funding opportunities:

Applications close 2 December
Chosen engages artists and communities to determine program design, delivery and evaluation to ensure the successful intergenerational transfer of arts and culture knowledge from older to younger generations.

City of Sydney Matching Grants - Round 3
Applications close 2 December
The program mainly works with community groups that partner with the City to support events, services and projects in their local neighbourhoods.

Regional Arts Victoria Quick Response Grants
Applications close 6 December
The Quick Response Grant program has been set up to be responsive to exceptional cultural opportunities that may be on offer to artists or community groups.

Brisbane City Council, Creative Sparks Grants Program
Applications close 9 December
The Creative Sparks Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane.

Fast Track Fellowship
Applications close 13 January
Open to Victorian music artist managers and independent labels, the Fast Track Fellowship facilitates international pathways by relocating selected participants overseas to immerse themselves at an international music company for a two month period.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artist Grant
Applications close 14 January
The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist talented emerging and early career artists to undertake international professional development opportunities to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from leaders in their field.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Epping Heights Public School Band, Band Director

Applications close 29 November
Fantastic opportunity for a passionate and energised conductor to lead multiple bands of enthusiastic and focussed students.

Double J, Producer, Mornings
Applications close 29 November

Double J is looking for a Producer to oversee and coordinate the content and sound of our Mornings program.

Superspeak, Performing Arts Teacher
Applications close 1 December

An exciting opportunity for passionate teachers with experience in drama, speech and drama or performing arts to join the Superspeak team as public speaking & drama teachers.

Monash Academy of Performing Arts, The Producer
Applications close 9 December

The Producer primarily but not exclusively manages and delivers the presentation of live contemporary music events, ensuring all aspects of administration and production are met within the approved guidelines, budgets and deadlines.


Chris O'Brien Lifehouse - Music in Health Volunteers Call Out
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is looking for Live Music Volunteers to join their music in health program, that is supported by the Goodridge Family Foundation, to provide high quality live music in various public locations throughout the hospital. Over the years they have had visiting musicians at Lifehouse and  they are looking to establish a cohort of regular live music volunteers. Their program is based on the award-winning music therapy volunteers’ program at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Eskimo Joe with WASO
1 December, Kings Park
With sales of over 750,000 in Australia alone, the drama, spark and irresistible melody of Eskimo Joe’s music has thrilled music lovers over two decades, and the grand scale of this great Australian band performing their classic songs with West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Kings Park & Botanic Garden is an experience not to be missed.

MSO Presents: Messiah
13 December, Geelong
Since its triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742, Messiah has remained Handel’s most frequently performed work and is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season.

Tim Hecker & the Konoyo Ensemble
17 January, Sydney
Canadian composer Tim Hecker comes to Sydney’s Factory Theatre to present his ninth and tenth official full-length albums, Konoyo (‘the world over here’) and Anoyo (‘the world over there’).

Nag Nag Nag VI Festival
17 – 18 January, Sydney
Sydney's premiere underground musical offering Nag Nag Nag returns in 2020 for it's 6th year running over two days at Marrickville Bowling Club.

27 – 31 January, Sydney
Grammy award winning R&B superstar, producer, multimedia artist, activist and cultural icon, Solange, returns to the Sydney Opera House. Don’t miss these Australian exclusive performances, over four nights, in the round.

Farmer & The Owl Festival
28 February, Wollongong
The line-up for this festival has been curated by artists from the Farmer & The Owl label family of Hockey Dad, Bad//Dreems, Totally Unicorn, The Pinheads, TEES and Tropical Strength.


Key Supporters 

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