On Tuesday night I had the pleasure of attending the Australian Women In Music Awards film screening in Brisbane of Her Sound Her Story alongside a keynote by Kate Ceberano.
The film was an inspirational journey of women in music coming together to discuss in an open forum the challenges women have faced and are facing in the future in the music industry.
This beautifully crafted film stimulated conversations which were ignited long after the end credits had rolled. I encourage men and women of all ages to view the documentary if the opportunity arises. I also applaud the film-makers Michelle Grace Hunder and Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore for an exceptionally produced and brilliantly edited documentary.

In other award news, it was also great to see our members AMPAL give Brett Cottle AM, who recently stepped down as CEO for APRA AMCOS, an Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Publishing. You can read more about that here. 

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Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
CEO, Music Australia





London Symphony Orchestra To Open Music Academy

Sir Simon Rattle has announced plans to open a new music academy for young musicians in East London. Full story





City of Sydney Calls For Public Feedback on New Busking Policy

The City’s new policy will allow for busking opportunities in more city locations and replace complex guidelines with clearer guidance to encourage more diversity in Sydney’s busking culture. Full story



‘Harwin Heist’ Sees $404,000 Disappear From Small-to-Medium Arts Sector

NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin has been widely criticised for diverting $404,000 from the small-to-medium sector funding to pay for acoustic treatments at Darling Harbour Theatre to enable the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to give concerts there in 2020-2021. Full story



Crowdfunding Record for Choral and Orchestral Concert in Sydney

Crowdfunding has its perils and challenges. We look at an ambitiously large upcoming concert of music by Chinese Australian composer Ken Lai that achieved notable success and identify some of the factors that helped him exceed his funding target. Full story





ANU School of Music to Close Years 11 and 12 Teaching Program

The ANU School of Music’ Extension Program Advanced Music Course, which offers classical music and jazz specialisations for Year 11 and 12 students, is to be discontinued from 2019. ArtsACT, which funds the program, is directing its money elsewhere. Full story





Adelaide Live Music Venue Fowler’s Live Announces Closure

Adelaide’s iconic live music venue Fowler’s Live has announced it will close in early December after a successful 15 year run. 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 Awards:

South Australian Music Hall of Fame
2 November, Adelaide
Inductions and performances for the South Australian Hall of Fame.

Queensland Music Awards

Applications close 12 November
An annual event celebrating the best in Queensland musical talent. Video and song entries are now open.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

JMC Perform, Record & Create Music Workshop

12 October, Sydney
Workshops are a great opportunity for students in years 9-12 to get a taste of life at JMC Academy while engaging in a fun, hands-on program relating to their own creative passion.

Music Theory for Adults Grades 1-2

22 October, Sydney
These intensive music courses will take you through the grades of AMEB Musicianship, an internationally-recognised music theory syllabus.


Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:


Artist applications close 25 October

Apply now for the 2019 South By South West event.

FBi Turns 15

3 November, Sydney
Sydney community radio station FBi Radio celebrates 15 years on the airwaves through a music festival at Manning Bar.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:

Seed Fund Workshops

Applications close 15 October
Applications are open to Australian artists, artist managers and self-managed artists. Workshop participants will work with industry leaders to create a 12 month strategic plan to help them achieve their goals.

NSW Government Infrastructure Grants

Applications close 22 October
The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fitout of infrastructure.


Creative Koori Employment

Applications close 24 October
Creative Koori aims to support and further develop NSW Aboriginal arts and culture.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



Australian Girls Choir, Choral Tutors
Applications close 12 October

These positions are suitable for choral/music teachers who have broad Performing Arts skills and are interested in teaching a curriculum that is more ‘music theatre’ than ‘traditional choral’.


Warner Music, Team Assistant

Applications close 14 October
The Team Assistant will assist both Commercial and Frontline Marketing teams and the Promotions team.

City of Wodonga, Event Attraction Co-ordinator
Applications close 19 October

In this role, you will be responsible for preparing, pitching and securing business events, major external events and event sponsorship for Wodonga Council.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Beethoven Nine

Thursday 25 October, Sydney Opera House

Edo de Waart returns to Sydney with Beethoven’s Ninth and Haydn’s magnificent London Symphony.

Yundi Touch of Chopin
3 November, Melbourne & 5 – 6 November, Sydney
Yundi was propelled onto the international stage when he won first prize at the XIV Chopin International Piano Competition at the age of 18, becoming the youngest and first Chinese winner in the history of the renowned competition. Since then, he has been regarded as an international piano star, also a leading exponent of Chopin’s music.



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  • City of Sydney
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