Welcome to Summer Edition #1

Welcome to the first edition of our Summer Enews series for 2016/2017. While Chris is enjoying a month in the sun, I'll be taking over the reigns for all things editorial. This edition, we present a light and breezy version of our regular eNews, reflecting on the festive season and holidays!

Over the next three Summer editions, we'll still be serving up the latest music news - but we’ll be adding some reflections on the year that's been.
We continue our coverage of the ABC cuts and the implications for Australian Music here, and take a look at how Aussie musos are coming together to campaign to save RN here.

We have taken a look at some of the great music films and documentaries which have been released this year and Scarlett has given us the run down on the top experimental releases of 2016.

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Cara Anderson,
Communications & Engagement Manager

Music Australia





A Cinematic Year In Music

As we start to wind down for the year we take a look at the some of our favourite films and documentaries released this year that have celebrated music and musicians and made for some of the most compelling cinema created. Full story





Paul Kelly, Archie Roach and Hundreds of Aussie Musos Campaign To Save RN Music

Other big names behind the campaign include Missy Higgins, Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, Archie Roach, Gurrumul and Paul Grabowsky. Full story



Australia’s Live Performance Industry Outstrips Sport, Despite Revenue Decline

Australia’s live performance industry generated $1.4 billion in ticket sales and sold 18.38 million tickets last year, according to Live Performance Australia. Full story



What do the ABC Cuts Mean for Australian Music?

With thousands of frustrated musicians and supporters responding to planned ABC cuts to five music programs on the RN network, we explore what this could mean for Australian music, and examine the role and responsibility of the public broadcaster. Full Story.


Top Experimental Releases of 2016

Australia boasts a rich and diverse experimental music community which an abundance of talent, celebrating obscurity for all its strengths. 2016 saw the release of many exceptional left-of-field outputs. We handpicked a selection for you to enjoy to over the holiday break. Full story



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Canadian Initiative to Unlock Children’s Musical Potential

Claimed to be unique, a teaching program called La musique aux enfants in Canada is being trialled by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Université de Montréal and a local school. It is designed to promote music in Canadian schools.
Full story


Centre For Aboriginal Studies In Music Lives On 

The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music at the University of Adelaide has been relaunched within a new, larger body that is aimed at promoting Aboriginal music and languages. It hopes to boost research activity in Indigenous cultural studies. Full story


Help Write The Biggest Song of 2017!

How many people get the chance to have their song sung by over 600,000? 600,000 people on the same day, at the same time – all around Australia. The Music: Count Us In National Songwriting Competition is currently open and finalists will win the chance to help write the 2017 Music: Count Us In Program Song. Full Story


Music in WA schools to benefit from $1b Government Promise

The WA Liberal Government has promised to spend $1b on upgrading facilities in 65 secondary schools across a range of subject areas including music. However, it says the outlay is contingent on selling the state-owned electricity asset, Western Power. Full Story




The Boite Singers’ Festival Moves To Melbourne 

After 26 years, The Boite Singers’ Festival is leaving its Daylesford home for the big smoke. Full Story


Celebrating Australian Content The Australian Audio Guide Launches

The recently launched Australian Audio Guide is an online library of quality Australian audio content. The guide is a collaborative endeavour by The Wheeler Centre and Audiocraft. 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 Competitions & Awards:

Dreaming Award Nomination 

Applications close 16 December

The Dreaming Award recognises an inspirational young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist aged 18-26 years and supports the opportunity for them to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships, either nationally or internationally. 


The 3rd Annual AU Awards 

16 December
Public voting is now open for the Australian Artist of the Year category, with nominations closing 9 December.


Sounds of Great Southern 

Applications close 16 January
WAM’s ‘Sounds Of’ program brings entire recording studios to regional centres. WAM is calling out to songwriters, acts and sound engineers of all ages, levels of experience and music genres from the Great Southern region to participate in this great regional touring project.

FBi Radio SMAC Awards 2016

January 17, Sydney
These awards celebrate the best in Sydney music, arts and culture. Nominees have been announced and public voting is now open.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:


Agile Chambers

6 - 10 December, Melbourne
Artists from Chamber Made Opera and researchers from RMIT University are investigating the relationship between live performance and digital artworks. The labs and performances will explore extended digital expressions of recent CMO works. The week-long program features open labs, performances, research panel discussions and key note presentations.

Commercialising Copyright Australian Copyright Council Webinar Series 

12 December
This webinar will investigate best practice when Commercialising Copyright. Running for 45 minutes and will cover:  Best practice around buying, selling or licensing copyright material; Ways of maximising commercial outcomes from your protected content; New possibilities for distributing content.

Sydney Youth Orchestras Summer School

9 – 13 January, Sydney
Is an educational program developed by Sydney Youth Orchestras, players will build their skills in a fun, safe and artistically challenging environment. Led by highly respected conductors and experienced tutors, players of all abilities will be given access to world class facilities, intensive tutorials and the opportunity to rehearse and perform in various large ensembles.


Big Sky Girls – Songwriting Mentorship for young Regional Women

Applications close 20 January
An initiative of Brisbane music company Sugarrush Music, big Sky Girls will see ten young female songwriters from across Queensland matched with established artists through a free six-month mentorship program aimed at building talent and establishing music careers.


Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Performing Wellness Symposium

10 December, Melbourne
This Symposium is presented by The Music, Mind and Wellbeing Group of The University of Melbourne. The stresses and strains of elite musical performance can have debilitating effects on the musical. This symposium offers opportunity for musicians to share their research to promoting performer wellbeing in order to maximise performance potential and enjoyment


Music and the Moving Image XII
Conference at NYU Steinhardt, May 26th – 28th, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS, Abstracts or synopses due 15 December
The annual conference, Music and the Moving Image, encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPhone, computer, and live performances) and that of music and sound through paper presentations.

ARSC 51st Annual Conference

Call for papers deadline 2 January
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) invites proposals for presentations at their 51st Conference. They welcome papers on the preservation and study of sound recordings - in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. Conference takes place 10- 13 May, Texas, United States.

Illawarra Folk Festival

12 – 15 January
The Illawarra Folk Festival has grown to be one of the largest festivals in Australia. The festival presents approximately 170 performers over four days. Performers, volunteers and audiences alike continue to return to the festival to experience and participate in the diversity of music and performances, and enjoy the intimate, vibrant, community atmosphere the festival has become renowned for.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:

Creative Victoria, Indigenous Professional Development Program

Applications close 14 December
The Indigenous Professional Development Program exists to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers living in Victoria. Career and artistic development opportunities can vary from representation at significant national and international conferences, to the marketing and presentation of work.

Helpmann Academy Elevate Mentorship

Applications close 16 December
This program is for emerging artists who wish to build on their career beyond study. The mentorship structure will depend on the applicant’s proposal. Since 2002, the Helpmann Academy has facilitated nearly 200 mentorships for South Australian artists.

2017 Artist with Disability Fellowship

Applications close 19 December
The Artist with Disability Fellowship is offered by the State Government, in collaboration with Accessible Arts, to enable a professional NSW artist with disability to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. The Fellowship is open to artists working in any artform including dance, music, theatre, visual arts, writing, hybrid/interdisciplinary arts and screen content.

Arts ACT, Out of Round Funding

Applications close 19 December

Artists based in the ACT are now able to apply for funding to undertake significant interstate or overseas arts opportunities. Grants of $500 – $2000 are available to cover costs directly associated with the activity, including travel, accommodation and registration fees.

William Street Creative Live/Work Space - Applications Open

Applications close 20 December
City of Sydney is on the hunt for the next set of creative practitioners for their William Street Creative Live/Work Space. Applications open until midnight 20 December.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



SBS PopAsia, Music Producer
SBS PopAsia is seeking to appoint a Music Producer dedicated to building Australia’s number 1 Asian pop Radio Station, TV Show and Online destination.

The Australian Girls’ Choir - Music Coordinator & Senior Tutor

Applications close 9 December
The choir are seeking a qualified individual to lead and support their QLD-based team. Senior level teaching is required.

Cultural Development Network, Research Program Manager
Applications close 9 December

Cultural Development Network advocates for the essential role of arts and cultural expression in the development of creative, healthy, engaged and sustainable communities are seeking to appoint a Research Program Manager.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs - Assistant Chorus Master & Repetiteur

Applications close 9 December
This role is focused on providing an exceptional opportunity for a talented musician and conductor to develop their skills in choral conducting, with the chance to work with world renowned conductors on the international stage.

Melbourne Youth Orchestra – Funding and Development Coordinator

Applications close 12 December
MYO is looking for a someone who can deliver a consistent level of engagement with MYO stakeholders, funding bodies, alumni, members, donors and strategic partners.

Music Feeds, Digital Sales and Integration Manager
Applications close 16 December 

Music Feeds is seeking to appoint a Digital Sales and Integration Manager.


QSO, Casual Musicians

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra supplements full-time players from a pool of casual musicians. Musicians seeking casual work with Queensland Symphony Orchestra are invited to apply by forwarding a covering letter and a copy of a current resume.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Darkened Descent by Intercurrent

14 December, State Theatre Centre, Perth
Darkened Descent explores the ominous yet pensive combination of bass clarinet, percussion and piano as handled by composers across three generations. The intuitive patterns of Morton Feldman’s fragile sound world give way to the warm earthy blends of John Luther Adams.

Carmilla - A Ghost Story for Theatre

15 – 18 December, La Mama Courthouse, Melbourne
Kle ZeynTheatre’s fourth production at La Mama, Carmilla, is a ghost story for theatre, and takes place against the backdrop of a through-composed musical score. An adaptation of Sheridan le Fanu’s 1872 gothic novella which is widely acknowledged as the first literary vampire tale. Carmilla was a major influence on the entire history of the post-folkloric vampire genre.

Carols in the Pavilion with The Choir of St James’

17 December, Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds, Bermagui
The Choir of St James’ will present a concert of choral music for Christmas.
Christmas music, carol singing under the stars, mulled wine and mince pies.

Unending Stream of Life

22 December, Tasmania
Hobart Wind Symphony perform new Australian works alongside two major works of David Maslanka, including the Australian premiere of his Clarinet Concerto with soloist Derek Grice.

Home Country

11 – 22 January, Blacktown, NSW
Presented by Urban Theatre Projects, Blacktown Arts Centre and Sydney Festival. Staged in a multi-level car park in Blacktown, HOME COUNTRY is a theatrical triptych that explores place, identity, and what it means to be home.


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