We’re thrilled City of Sydney return as major sponsor for our Contemporary Music Roundtable conference from 1 to 3 August. We hope you can join us.

Iconic Adelaide live music venue the Governor Hindmarsh have taken out an APRA award - well deserved!

We look forward to Katie Noonan’s nationwide singalong against domestic violence, building on the approach we take with Music: Count Us In

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Inspiring artistic freedom – Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra

Ensemble Zohra are a ground-breaking group of young female musicians, and the first women in their families and country to learn music in over 30 years. Full story





Roundtable Conference to Tackle Major Issues in Music

We’re delighted that City of Sydney return as major sponsor of our Contemporary Music Roundtable conference, at Sydney’s Customs House from 1 to 3 August. Join us to address key issues shaping music sector growth. Full story



ACT Liquor Law Reforms To Benefit Live Music

ACT licensees could see a reduction in red tape, including perpetual liquor licenses and extended trading hours for special events. Full story



Musician’s Score Big at Sydney Film Festival

This year’s festival reveals an impressive preview of music documentaries and feature films ahead of its annual event in June. Full story



APRA Adds Licensee Category To Music Awards, The Gov Wins

With industry based initiatives to address sexual harassment in music underway, it is timely to provide some broader context around this issue. We publish a short report summarising a Curtin University study examining sexual harassment in the creative industries. Full story




A First: Businessperson Conducts One of Australia’s Symphony Orchestras

Anthony Pratt, better known as the executive chairman of Visy Industries, conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries earlier this month. It signifies a first in Australia but follows precedents in other countries. Full story



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New Member Benefit from Ditto Music

Our members now receive 20% off Ditto Music services worldwide - including distribution to iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Shazam, Google Play and many more. Ditto is an international music company with 6 international offices, including in Melbourne. Working with over 100 000 artists and labels, Ditto assists artists and labels expand their reach online. Email to receive a discount code.




Music: Count Us In’s 2017 Song Is On The Way!

Music: Count Us In sees more than half a million kids sing the same song, on the same day. It all starts with the Program Song – written by students for students. Here is all the news from our 2017 Songwriting Workshop. Full story


Uproar Over Claims That Teaching Music Notation is Elitist

An article in The Guardian by Charlotte C Gill has caused widespread protest in arguing that teaching music notation no longer has any place in the school system. It has sparked a wave of protest, including from several Australian academics. Full Story


Breaking Down Barriers for Young People to Enjoy Orchestral Music

Conductor and music educator Paul Rissmann has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading music educators in orchestral music. He returns to Australia in May and June to present children’s events and lectures with the ASO and WASO. Full Story




Katie Noonan To Hold Nationwide Singalong Against Domestic Violence

Individuals, choirs and community groups are invited to join. 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.

To share an Opportunity send us an email. 


Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:

Professional Development Awards

Applications close 27 April
The biennial APRA Professional Development Awards exists to provide support to emerging songwriters and composers.

Churchill Fellowship Award

Applications close 28 April
Want to spend up to 8 weeks traveling the globe to investigate a topic you are passionate about, whilst gaining the international expertise you require to create or affect change for a better Australia?

Levi’s Music Prize

Applications close 7 May
An exciting new initiative that will enable artists to make the most of their showcase opportunities while at Bigsound. $100,000 in prizes are up for grabs.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

One Eye On The Stranger

Applications close 13 April
Emerging musicians get the chance to develop their songwriting skills during a mentorship program with Kram from Spiderbait.

Signature Works - Innovation Lab 2017

EOI’s close 1 May
EOI’s are now open to participate in an immersive four day residential Innovation Lab in May 2017. The Lab will offer an entirely Indigenous creative space with hope to strengthen future Indigenous signature works and embolden artists with strong ideas and innovative work.


The Fundamentals of Fundraising            

15 May, Casula Powerhouse Arts, Casula
The Fundamentals of Fundraising will provide a comprehensive overview of the foundations and principles that all arts fundraising and development staff need to know.



Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:


19 April – 14 May, Melbourne
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 will provide a platform for the discussion of the challenges, opportunities, impacts, and solutions associated with climate change.

Fairbridge Festival

21-24 April, Pinjarra, WA
Fairbridge Festival is Western Australia’s most popular family camping festival. This friendly celebration of folk, roots, blues, acoustic, Celtic, a capella and world music takes place annually in April.

Metropolis New Music Festival

4 - 6 May, Melbourne
For over 20 years, the Metropolis New Music Festival has introduced Melbourne audiences to some of the best Australian and international contemporary music.

Schools of the Future Conference (Creative Learning) Conference

5 – 6 May, Sydney
The Schools of the Future Conference is a two day conference that inspires schools to design innovative educational projects that respond to the challenges of our changing world




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


Creative Victoria Engaging Audiences Program

Applications close 20 April
The Engaging Audiences program supports cultural facilities funded through the Regional Partnerships program to extend audience engagement programming in order to deepen engagement with current audiences and support growth in new audiences.

Australia-China Council (ACC) 2017/18 Grants

Applications close 21 April
Through this grant program, the Australia-China Council supports projects across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Australia that broaden and strengthen Australia-China relations in education, business, culture and the arts.

PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

Applications close 26 April
Expressions of interest are now open for the PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings.

The Cliff Goodchild OAM Scholarship for Professional Music Education

Applications close 28 April
This scholarship provides funding to those wishing to engage with professional music mentors (conductors, brass, woodwind and percussion) alongside a School Band Director within their school context for 12 months.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



ANAM, Administration and Marketing Assistant

Applications close 17 April
Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is looking for a highly-organised person with a strong interest in classical music events, ticketing and sales, customer service and
digital technology.

Creative Victoria, Music Works -Senior Program Officer

Applications close 18 April
This position is responsible for managing stakeholder relationships, providing high level project management skills and supporting Creative Victoria’s Manager, Contemporary Music and it’s broader contemporary music program.

SIMA, Marketing and Office Coordinator
Applications close 18 April
Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) seeks an enthusiastic and efficient Marketing and Office Coordinator to join the team, based at the Seymour Centre. 

Australia Council Arts Practice Director Orchestra and Opera

Applications close 21 April
The Arts Practice Director Orchestra and Opera will lead Council's engagement with the area of arts practice and transform this into required specialist knowledge in the context of Council's strategic and corporate plans.


The Song Company, General Auditions

Various dates Syd, Melb, Canberra
The Song Company is holding general Auditions around Australia.

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Section Principal Clarinet
Applications close 26 April

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is inviting Expressions of Interest from outstanding clarinettists for this appointed position available from mid-late 2017.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Lismore Floods Fundraising Campaign for NORPA
AMPAG, APACA, RAA and Creative Partnerships Australia’s have organised a fundraising campaign for NORPA through the Australian Cultural Fund. Funds raised will go towards building NORPA’s facilities.

Swell - Music for the Curious
22 – 23 April, Mornington Peninsula
Swell is an immersive adventure that blends live music, design and multiple artforms to create an experience like no other. Swell will all be staged inside the remote forts and tunnels of Fort Nepean at the very tip of the Point Nepean National Park on the Mornington Peninsula.

Sizzle, Ensemble Offspring
23 April, Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney

Sizzle is an afternoon of contemporary classical music at your local bowlo, a place to hang out, relax and enjoy new sounds ranging from art music to jazz music and everything in between.

Sounds From the Far North

28-29 April, Adelaide Town Hall
Norwegian fjords and patriotic music from Finland, led by Norwegian conductor Eivind Aadland.


Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble

2 May, Perth
See Russia’s finest new chamber music artists perform their Perth premiere as part of their first ever Australian tour. Early Bird Tickets are now on sale.



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