Last Thursday Australian teachers and students celebrated the joy of music education by participating in our Music: Count Us In program. Over a million people watched our live stream and 700,000 students sang in unison throughout the country for our annual Celebration  Day event.
I had the privilege of being part of our main event in Hobart, with over 2,500 very excited children performing on the Bellerive Boardwalk.
The atmosphere was electric as the countdown began. Our 2018 program song called One Song, was written by students, for students, and echoed throughout school halls, classrooms and public spaces. It was a strong reminder of how music brings us together.

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Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
CEO, Music Australia





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Live Performance Australia Releases 2017 Ticket Attendance and Revenue Report

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Major Performing Arts ‘Club’ May Open its Doors to Competition

The MPA Framework review is looking into reformulating ways in which funds are distributed to Australia’s Major Performing Arts companies. A more competitive system for entry is being considered which could bring about healthy change. We look at current discussions. Full story





Hobart Leads Australia In Song

Last week over 700,000 students from more than 3,400 schools sang together in the world’s biggest music initiative celebrating music education around Australia. Full story




Vale Richard Gill, and the Need to Continue His Legacy

The passing of Richard Gill leaves a legacy that is to be honoured but also continued. His vision that music should be part of every child’s life is the foundation of an ongoing agenda for school education in Australia. Full story




City of Sydney Announce New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Hub

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the community had long advocated for a space to gather, share and practice the cultures of the First Peoples of Australia. 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 Awards:

International Clarinet Competition 2018
Applications close 31 December
The competition will consist of a first round with piano, the semi-final with piano and the final accompanied by orchestra, to be performed according to a given timetable.

Willgoss Choral Composition Prize

Applications close 31 January
The Willgoss Choral Composition Prize is aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of an original work for unaccompanied choir, in support of a thriving choral program at UNSW Australia as represented by the Music Performance Unit.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

Music Development Office Grant Workshop

22 November, Adelaide
SA based musicians, writing and performing their own music are eligible to apply for funding to help build a career in the music industry. This workshop will provide information on the Contemporary Music Grant Program presented by the Music Development Office.

Developing Musical Skill: Mindset, Potential and Practice

28 November – 11 December, Various Locations
A full-day music education professional development course.


Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Little Bigsound

10 November, Brisbane
The youth conference returns in 2018 with a jam-packed program for under 25's.

Global Cities After Dark
12 - 13 November, Sydney

Global Cities After Dark 2018 is themed around collaboration - as it is through collaboration locally, nationally and internationally that solutions are found and executed for a positive and vibrant future at night.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:

ARIA Emerging Artist Scholarship

Applications close 16 November
The Scholarship is open to any Australian artist (represented by a current ARIA member) that hasn’t been previously nominated for any ARIA Awards category with an Album or Single before the 2018 Awards (ie 2018 entrants / nominees are eligible).

Music Passport Grants

Applications close 27 January
The program seeks to support not for profit organisations to undertake international activities that increase economic opportunities for Victoria's contemporary popular music sector.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Brisbane Festival, Artistic Director
Applications close 12 November
Brisbane Festival are looking for a visionary, entrepreneurial and creative arts leader and manager to deliver festivals that make a difference to the cultural landscape of Brisbane.

ANAM, Deputy General Manager
Applications close 19 November
The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is Australia’s national performance training institution for preparing the country’s elite young classical musicians for professional careers.

Opera Australia, Associate Producer
Applications close 21 November
The successful candidate will have tertiary qualifications in arts with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a touring management, budgets, contract management and team management.


Federal Election Music Education Charter Petition

Want to see music education thriving in Australian schools? Join us in signing this petition. 





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

16 November, The Chippo, Sydney
Wharves are taking their glorious indie rock grooves along the East coast for their Sooner or Later EP tour.  Catch them when they stop into this iconic Sydney venue.

Penrith Youth Orchestra Concert
25 November, Penrith
The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), The Joan and Penrith Symphony Orchestra are thrilled to present a performance by the Penrith Youth Orchestra.

With One BIG Voice’ 10th Anniversary Concert
1 December, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
This very special event is shaping up to be a fun packed show for all the family in the presence of Lord Mayor Sally Capp; with inspiring stories, songs and sing -alongs from our With One Voice massed choirs from all around Australia.


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