Welcome to Music Australia's August e-News.

This month was to feature our industry Roundtable and a meeting of our Councillor’s Network, which regrettably have both been cancelled due to the pandemic. Because of the pandemic we thought it would be fitting to facilitate instead a video check-in with some key organisations which have the welfare of people in the music industry at the heart of what they do: Support Act, CrewCare, Entertainment Assist, MEAA and the Arts Wellbeing Collective. We delve further into this project here.

We would like to thank the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age for their great review of our book Musicians & Addiction: Research and Recovery Stories, describing it as "absorbing" with "very human tales". Their (identical) reviews can be found in the Sydney Morning Herald site here  and The Age site here. More information on the project can be found at

Other articles in this edition focus on:

  • COVID-19 related safety advice for music teachers; 
  • The potential rise in the cost of many Bachelor of Music degrees as a consequence of the Federal Government’s newly announced fee re-structure; 
  • The National Indigenous Music Awards which will be held virtually on 8 August;  
  • The Australian Festival of Chamber Music’s three day online program in partnership with Melbourne Digital Concert Hall. We speak with artistic director Kathy Stott; 
  • The fight to support Australian composers and the local screen industry in the face of increasing dominance of global streaming services;
  • The future shape of community festivals: focussing on the Adelaide Fringe;
  • The launch of Music: Count Us In Teaching resources for 2020


We would also like to thank the fabulous Ruth Mulvey who is stepping down as leader of our Music: Count Us In program to have a baby. She is succeeded by Rachel Whealy who is well known for her work in the Australian music and arts industry. She has been the Orchestra Manager of Sydney Symphony Orchestra, National Choral Program Manager with Gondwana Choirs, Orchestral Program Manager with Sydney Youth Orchestras, Producer, Chorus Oz with Philharmonia Choirs, and Events and Philanthropy Manager at the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (founded by esteemed music educator and conductor Richard Gill AO). Rachel has a background in classroom music teaching and has directed the orchestras, choirs and ensembles at several of Sydney’s most prominent private schools. She is also a professional cellist and performs regularly with orchestras, ensembles and commercial artists around the country. She recently appeared on the Morning Show playing cello with Missy Higgins! We congratulate Rachel on her appointment, and wish Ruth all the best, who has made an outstanding contribution.

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Paul Saintilan
CEO, Music Australia








Video check-in with key organisations looking after the welfare of music industry workers

Music Australia has created a video check-in with Support Act, CrewCare, Entertainment Assist, MEAA and the Arts Wellbeing Collective on looking after music industry workers in the pandemic. Full story





Shifting online: Australian Festival of Chamber Music

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is holding an interim online three-day program this year. Named AFCM Online Festival, it runs in partnership with Melbourne Digital Concert Hall. We speak with artistic director Kathy Stott about how it will work. Full story



Screen composers seek levy from streaming services

The Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) together with APRA AMCOS has made a submission to the Federal Government on ways that could better support Australian composers and the local screen industry in the face of increasing dominance of global streaming services. Full story





Music: Count Us In Teaching Resources Now Available for 2020

Music: Count Us In (MCUI), Australia’s largest school music advocacy and participation program, is thrilled to announce the release of the program’s teaching resources this year. 
Full story



Safe practices in teaching musical instruments

COVID-19 related safety aspects remain a prime concern in teaching musical instruments. Here we look at the best available advice about cleaning and sterilising instruments in the teaching environment, particularly woodwind and brass instruments. Some risk mitigation products are available. Full story



Cost of music degrees likely to increase in line with arts degrees

Bachelor of Music degrees will most likely rise in cost by 113% as of next year, following the Federal Government’s newly announced fee structure for university degrees. Dr Renée Crawford from Monash University explains what the implications will be. Full story





The future shape of community festivals: Adelaide Fringe

Community festivals are facing numerous challenges as they look to reopening in the COVID-19 era. A large public event with a sizeable music program, Adelaide Fringe operates in around 500 venues. We speak with its director Heather Croall on plans for 2021. Full story



National Indigenous Music Awards move online this year

The National Indigenous Music Awards will a virtual event this year on 8 August. Finalists include rap luminary Baker Boy and the emerging talent Miiesha. Also in the running is Archie Roach for his autobiographical album Tell Me Why. 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


Upcoming Award Presentations, Competitions and Submissions:

Permission To Shine
Play It Forward, with Artistic Director, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, is inviting you to join a new online singing competition with a difference. Thousands in cash prizes available.
It doesn't matter what age you are or where you are in the world, there is something for everyone.

Register your interest for NORMAH
Australian Guild of Screen Composers new network for musicians recording at home during the stay-at-home period.

Expressions of Interest Open 2021 Australian Youth Orchestra
The Australian Youth Orchestra provides specialised training opportunities to inspire excellence in Australia’s best young classical musicians, composers and arts administrators aged 12–30 years; from the emerging, gifted, school-aged student, to those on a verge of a professional career. Acceptance into the Australian Youth Orchestra is an acknowledgment of excellence.


International Songwriting Competition

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. 


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

"If you can teach music online, you are ready for pretty much anything: Effective strategies for teaching music online".
A webinar by Dr Carol Johnson.
What are key strategies for teaching online & how are these applicable to music and the arts?

Linkedin for Creatives
18 August 

In this interactive online workshop, creative practitioners can learn as a group about how to make the most of LinkedIn for their career. 

Strike A Chord Teachers' Conference
5 and 6 September
The Strike A Chord Teachers' Conference is designed to complement Strike a Chord – the National Chamber Music Championship by building capacity in the teaching of chamber music at secondary school level. A dynamic combination of panel discussions, online workshops and open coaching sessions will be on offer to teachers at all levels of experience, working with students of varying skill levels.

Sing in September
13 September

The Boite has developed an online day of singing. Presenters from the UK, Canada and Melbourne will bring their expertise to offer new songs and opportunities to singers here and across the globe in the form of 3x90 minute workshops presented online.


Conferences & Festivals


 Festival and Conference Opportunities:

Applications close 20 August
Creators and makers, artists, engineers, architects and others are invited to put forward Curiocities for inclusion in Curiocity Brisbane 2021.

Adelaide Fringe, First Nations Collaboration Grant
Applications close 13 August
Adelaide Fringe are offering a First Nations Collaboration Grants program celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with the aim to increase First Nations participation in Adelaide Fringe.





Funding opportunities:

Victorian Live Music Venues Program
Applications close 6 August
The Victorian Live Music Venues Program seeks to support Victoria’s live music sector by helping music venues respond to the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia Council Fellowship 
Applications close 1 September 
Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years. 

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)
Applications close 14 August
The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) supports vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland by individuals, organisations or collectives. 

Step Out Grant – Regional Arts Fund, Country Arts SA 
Applications close 17 August
Offering support regional, remote and very remote organisations and groups to create high quality and diverse arts projects, encourage community engagement and the development of new cultural networks, build sustainable cultural activity and increase professional development and employment opportunities.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Australian Art OrchestraAssociate Artist

The Australian Art Orchestra is proud to announce that we’re now taking applications for our Associate Artist position 2020/2021, as part of the Pathfinders Music Leadership Program - generously supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

Sydney Opera House, Head of Contemporary performance
This senior artistic leadership position is required to program and present an annual program of profit-generating popular entertainment and a selection of contemporary culture events and performance seasons. 

Good Shepherd Catholic College - Mount Isa, Music Teacher
Good Shepherd Catholic College has an exciting full-time permanent position to commence as soon as practicable in Term 3 of 2020. 

Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School, Head of Music
The successful candidate should be an experienced musician and teacher qualified to teach in NSW, one who is able to support the ethos and creative pedagogy of a Rudolf Steiner school. 

Brisbane Festival, Event staff
Brisbane Festival will be recruiting short term staff to help with front of house or back of house operations, to liaise with audience members, crew members, or artists, and to support the Brisbane Festival team in COVID Safe event delivery.


I Lost My Gig
I Lost My Gig want to know how your work has been affected over this period. They are also are collecting and sharing the stories behind the numbers; the individual hardships that together paint a picture of a community in crisis. 





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Ah Tempe!
5 September
Ensemble Offspring
A live musical walkathon around the streets and homes of Tempe! Spectacular music in humble abodes – that’s what you can expect from Ah Tempe! which grants you a sneak peek into three musical homes in the suburbs. You can choose to join in their live walking tour of the three locations, or tune in from your home via live stream.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Community Centres SA, are performing Sanctuary – a series of free community concerts across metropolitan Adelaide in August.


8 August 
Darwin Symphony Orchestra

Featuring the world premiere of Darwin composer Cathy Applegate's new work and stunning compositions by classical favourites.


Key Supporters 

  • The Australian Government through the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). 
  • City of Sydney
  • Create NSW
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