Welcome to what, I am sure will be an exciting 2019.
We finished 2018 with mixed news. On a high note with Federal Education Minister, Hon Dan Tehan announcing that funding would be extended to enable our signature program Music: Count Us In to run again in 2019. On a less happy note, our CEO Rhonda Davidson Irwin’s advised the Board, that due to personal reasons she is unable to continue in the role. The Board thanks her for her significant contribution in difficult circumstances. The process of finding a replacement has already begun. In the interim, I will be acting CEO.

Our first edition of this year's e-news covers SA’s $7 Million Music Education Strategy, NSW Labor's Live Music Policy and our thoughts on how advocacy for music education needs to change.

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Michael Smellie
Acting CEO, Music Australia





UK’s Music Managers Forum Launches Fan Data Guide

The largest representative body of artist management in the world, Music Managers Forum have launched the latest guide in its Digital Dollar series, which aims to educate the artist and management community about the impact the rise of digital platforms has had on the music business. Full story





NSW Labor Announces New Live Music Policy

NSW Labor and the Shadow Minister for Music and the Night Time Economy John Graham have announced a new “right to play” music venue policy, which includes a provision of $1.2 million to assist live music venues with soundproofing and the creation of a new licensing scheme. Full story



New Arts Plan Announced By SA Government

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has announced an Arts Plan that will undertake a comprehensive review of that state’s arts, cultural and creative sector. Led by Tony Grybowski, formerly of the Australia Council, it will deliver its report mid-year. Full story





MCUI Receives Government Funding For 2019

Music Australia’s national music education program has received funding to continue through 2019. Full story




SA’s $7 Million Music Education Strategy Starts This Year

A $7 million Music Education Strategy launched by the SA Government aims at providing every child in that State with a high-quality music education. It grows out of a working party led by the Elder Conservatorium and the ASO. Full story




Advocacy For Music Education Needs To Change: Anita Collins

Neuromusical researcher and music education campaigner Dr Anita Collins believes that parents and teachers need to be presented with more and better information about why music is beneficial to young children. She has started a website dedicated to this end. Full story




Women In Music Festival

A new festival in Melbourne will celebrate the work of female musicians, composers and writers in alignment with International Women's Day 2019. 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.

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Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

FBi SMAC Awards
26 February, Sydney
FBi Radio has revealed the nominees for the FBi Sydney Music, Arts & Culture (SMAC) Awards 2018! Voting is open to the public and will run until 13 February.


Queensland Music Awards

19 March, Brisbane
An annual event celebrating the best in Queensland musical talent.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

New Age Noise Production 101

20 February – 10 April, Parramatta
New Age Noise is a free electronic music production program for female, transgender and non-binary young people (15-25yrs) based in Western Sydney and applications are currently open for the first term of workshops.

APRA AMCOS Meet The Locals

9 – 23 February, Various Locations
Songwriters aiming to further develop their music career are invited to meet with top industry experts at Meet the Locals, a free series of national events hosted by APRA AMCOS.

Sista Sounds

Applications Closing Soon
Sista Sounds is MusicNT's award-winning, innovative program that aims to encourage Indigenous women and girls to participate in a wide range of musical activities, as well as learn more about the music industry and opportunities within it.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


SIMA Presents Jazz: Now
12 January – 22 March, Sydney

The Sydney Improvised Music Association’s JAZZ:NOW summer season showcases an exciting line-up designed to expose audiences to the very best Australian creative music. Presented in a number of fantastic venues across Sydney the offerings highlight the diversity that exists within the Australian Jazz landscape.

Fair Play Symposium

26 – 27 February, Melbourne
Focusing on practical ways to improve equity and inclusion, this symposium is specifically designed for the Victorian arts and creative industries.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:

Australia Council For The Arts Contemporary Music Touring Program

Applications close 5 February
The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.

WAYJO Composer In Residence

Applications close 1 March
The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) is offering young jazz composers paid, professional development opportunities to develop new works and enhance writing and conducting skills.

Music Now Contemporary Live Music Funding

Applications close 14 March
Create NSW and the NSW Government's newly announced Music Now Contemporary Live Music Funding program will invest in a program of activities, events or performances that support NSW musicians to present new work and increase participation in live music events across the state.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Eastern Riverina Arts, Programmer and Curator

Applications close 1 February
Eastern Riverina Arts is seeking expressions of interest from qualified and/or experienced programmers and curator from the arts and disability sector to join their team delivering the PLATFORM project over the next 18 months.

ICE, Producer, First Nations Program
Applications close 2 February

The Producer, First Nations Program will work with Western Sydney First Nations communities to develop, manage and produce cultural projects across a range of creative forms (including screen, digital and music); and will be selected on the basis of demonstrated experience in devising/producing arts-based projects with First Nations communities and artists.

Opera Australia, Children's Chorus Master
Applications close 15 February

Opera Australia is seeking a Chorus Master to manage all aspects of music preparation and artistic development of the Regional Children's Chorus.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
3 February, Sydney College of the Arts , Sydney
The iconic annual music festival returns for another year, boasting acts like Baker Boy, Camp Cope and The Smith Street Band.

Art in Mind: Modern Art and Music

6 February – 21 June, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Seeking a mindful start to the new year? Curious about art and music? This event is a special two-part course, exploring modern art forms through contemplative looking and mindfulness techniques.

Grigoryan Brothers and Wolfgang Muthspiel
15 February, City Recital Hall, Sydney 
Three acknowledged icons of the guitar world are bringing their incredible artistry to Australian audiences on 15 February at City Recital Hall. Wolfgang Muthspiel (Austria) and Slava and Leonard Grigoryan (Australia) are highly respected worldwide for their contributions to the guitar oeuvre, be it jazz, classical or world music. With a repertoire spanning centuries, continents and genres, amazing telepathy and ability to draw emotion from every note, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are justifiably regarded as Australia’s finest classical guitarists.Thanks to our friends at City Recital Hall, Music Australia members can receive 20% off standard tickets, simply email us for a discount code.


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