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It’s official - more people are making music in Australia than ever before! This week we share findings from the Australia Council’s latest arts participation study. In the past year 95% of Australians have engaged with the arts in some way. Read our stories below to find out more.
Our fortnightly enews provides you with a comprehensive round up of music activities, news, policy, events, opportunities and resources. We hope you enjoy it. You can let us know your news and views to share, and if you want more, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in music from all corners of the country.


Chris Bowen

The Music Council of Australia eNews is divided into 6 sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.


New Dates Seek to Revive MIDEM

Music industry conference MIDEM, traditionally held in Cannes, France in January has announced new dates for 2015. Supposedly to revive the fortunes of this high end business-to-business market, the new June dates will also see a revamp of the program with more public content.

YouTube Taken to Task by Independents

Independents in the UK and Europe have balked at terms offered by YouTube for its new music streaming service. Complete Music Update (CMU) reports that the UK’s Association Of Independent Music and their European counterparts have been told by owner Google that if they don’t accept terms offered by YouTube for streaming, then their music will be withdrawn from the platform. Read the full story here. Could this be an important step towards improving artist streaming royalties? We’ll watch with interest.

Music Education American Style

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) recently held their annual ‘fly-in’ to Washington. 65 representatives from across the industry descended on Washington to advocate for the importance of music education. They held over 100 meetings with Government leaders and members of Congress. Now that is the way to do it! The fly-in coincided with first lady Michelle Obama announcing an expansion of the number of disadvantaged schools participating in the NAMM supported Turnaround Arts Initiative we reported on in our last issue. This pilot has seen impressive improvements in attendance, school culture, parental engagement and academic performance.

* Photo Credit: Kris Connor. Copyright: 2014 Getty Images



Queen’s Birthday Music Honours

Ten prominent Australians in music were named as officers and members of the Order of Australia in this year’s Queensland Birthday Awards:
  • Deborah Cheetham â€“ Aboriginal opera singer - officer (AO)
  • The Seekers – iconic popular Australian folk group, all members honoured:  Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley - officers, (AO)
  • Paul Grabowsky – leader in Australian jazz and festivals scene - officer, (AO)
  • Professor Graeme Koehne – composer, music educator and arts administrator - officer, (AO)
  • Carl Vine â€“ composer, conductor, academic and artistic director - officer, (AO)
  • John Frost OAM – leading music theatre producer - member, the Order Of Australia (AM)
  • Lyndon Terracini – opera performer, director and administrator - member, (AM)
We congratulate all for their services to Australian music!  You can view the full list of recipients here.

Australia Council Arts Participation Study

Our national arts body has released their second major study into arts participation. Five years on this second survey finds that more people are engaging with the arts and have positive views about the value of the arts. Findings include:
  • 94% of Australians have engaged with the arts over the past 12 months
  • Nine in 10 agree that artists make an important contribution to Australian society.
  • 89% believe the Arts are important to education
  • 85% believe the Arts make for a richer and more meaningful life
  • More people are creating music, up 5% to 20% in 2013
  • However, while a majority view the arts as positive, fewer believe the public should fund them.
 Read more of our summary of the study here.

New Streaming Service for Classical Music

The ABC has launched a new streaming service for classical music, ABC Classic 2. Managed by ABC Classic FM, it provides continuous, talk-free streaming of ABC recordings and maintains its own blog. Richard Buckham, ABC Classic FM’s Manager, says: “We're delighted to be launching this new service for classical music lovers and for listeners new to the pleasures of classical music. What distinguishes Classic 2 from other online classical listening is Australian performance: this new ABC music stream is a showcase of our finest classical artists.” The first work aired on the new service was Nigel Westlake’s Antarctica: Suite for Guitar and Orchestra, based on his score to the 1991 IMAX film Antarctica. Listen to the new service here.     

Australian Classical Innovators - Zephyr Quartet


Next in our look at Australian classical innovators is Adelaide-based Zephyr Quartet. This group has carved out a niche as one of the country’s most innovative string quartets through a series of cross-artform collaborations with dancers, visual artists, writers and filmmakers. Zephyr’s performances with Leigh Warren Dance, visual and performance artist Jo Kerlogue, and furniture designer Khai Liew have pushed many boundaries for the traditional string quartet medium. Next comes their CD Music For Airport Furniture, by Adelaide composer Stephen Whittington, on US label Cold Blue Music, due out on 9 September. Pre-release US airplay has already gathered a string of positive reviews. Catch them in Adelaide on 28 June in a program for voices and string quartet presented by The Adelaide Chamber Singers.

*Photo Credit: Sam Oster

New $65,000 Program for Indigenous Music Careers

The New South Wales Government has announced a new $65,000 program to nurture Indigenous musicians. Part of the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy, the funding will provide community consultation, workshops and mentoring. Four regional towns and one urban area will benefit. Minister for the Arts Troy Grant commented “Australian Aboriginal musicians are increasingly gaining international recognition for their work, but there are still challenges to overcome”. The project will be managed by the APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office.

APRA AMCOS Announces Rebranding

APRA AMCOS has announced its biggest branding overhaul in 25 years. The revamped image, inspired by the theme ‘made by music’, enables a united identity for the two organisations, acknowledging their history while embracing the digital revolution. Spearheading the change is a new website, due to go live in July. It will provide a dynamic experience featuring improved functionality and easy navigation.

Queensland Budget Removes $6M from the Arts

An arts budget of $223.6M was announced for Queensland on 3 June. It is steady as she goes for major cultural institutions and companies, including $8.2M for Queensland Performing Arts Centre (comparatively lower than interstate counterparts). Funding agency Arts Queensland, loses $5M, down from $119M to $114M, flagged in previous announcements. This is worrying given the potential impact on independent artists and the small to medium sector. The relevant budget papers are here.

Erin Helyard joins ANU’s School of Music

Internationally regarded harpsichordist and conductor Erin Helyard will join the staff of ANU’s School of Music as Lecturer in Music in July. Joint artistic director of Pinchgut Opera with Antony Walker and founding member of the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Helyard was harpsichordist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra from 1999 to 2003, and for many years he directed Sirius Ensemble. His appointment further bolsters the School of Music’s teaching staff following the recruitment of violinist David Irving, music technologist Samantha Bennett and tenor Paul McMahon in 2013. The School suffered major cuts to its staff in 2012 on the back of a series of financial losses and government funding withdrawals, sparking bitter public outcry. 


Unearthed High 2014 Competition

Applications are now open for triple J’s Unearthed High. They are looking to find Australia’s best high school music act. The winning act will be flown to triple j to have their song recorded and played on the station. They will also organise a free concert at their school, starring the winning band and headlined by one of Australia’s biggest hip hop artists, Seth Sentry. Applications close 21 July. For more information visit the triple J Unearthed website.

AYO's 2015 Programs Closing Soon

More than 70% of musicians working in Australian orchestras are Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) alumni, a testament to their training pathways. Applications for AYO 2015 programs are now open, closing on 13 June 2014. Programs include AYO National Music Camp, AYO Young Symphonists, AYO Chamber Players, and two orchestral seasons in iconic concert halls around the country. Visit the AYO website for more information or call 1300 668 500.

Choral Conducting Masterclasses

Musica Viva has a special masterclass providing a unique experience for choral conductors. Led by Stephen Cleobury from the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, selected conductors will work with some of Australia’s most cherished choirs with expert feedback and guidance. Masterclasses will be held in three cities from late July and are open to experienced and student conductors alike. Teacher participation is encouraged. Visit the Musica Viva website for further details. The masterclass is part of a national tour by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Details of the Choir’s Australian concerts can be found here.

* Photo Credit: Keith Saunders


Melbourne’s Music Fraternity to Play AFL for Charity

On Sunday, 22 June, the oft-emphasised boundary between the arts and sport will blur into insignificance with the 2014 edition of the annual Reclink Community Cup. More than 10,000 people are expected to swarm to Elsternwick Park to watch Melbourne’s most prominent music figures lay down their guitars and vinyl collections in favour of the mighty Aussie Rules football. One side of the field will be defended by The Rockdogs – a team of local performers dressed in black, red and yellow guernseys; the other by Megahertz – community radio broadcasters from Triple R, PBS and other stations, who’ll be donning red and white. Team selection depends not so much on athletic capacity as on one’s ability to “create a fun spectacle in the spirit of the Cup”. Live performances from Painters and Dockers, Saskwatch, Fraser A. Gorman and Smith Street Band will provide the soundtrack.

The Goulburn Strings Project

The Goulburn Strings Project is a beginner string program for Grade 2 and 3 students at Goulburn Public School. It aims to improve access and equity in music education for students in regional schools. The program has recently received a welcome boost with $25,000 from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and a generous donation of 50 new violins from Vincent Allan of Sydney’s Vivaldi Violins. This collaboration between Goulburn Public School, Goulburn Regional Conservatorium and the University of Canberra will research alternate approaches to music education delivery and improvements in academic achievement and confidence. You can offer your support for the program here.





Delineate 2014

Delineate is an arts program that seeks to enrich the creative initiatives of the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign. Working in partnership with Accessible Arts, the program is designed to boost and foster arts and disability practice within NSW. Delineate 2014 is offering a small arts grant program, which aims to develop a deepening engagement for programs with a focus on sustainable outcomes. Recipients will receive $3000 towards an arts project and/or program to be developed throughout the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign. Applications close 30 June. For more information visit the Accessible Arts website.

2015 RAF Funding Round Now Open

The 2015 Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is now open to applications for arts projects that will be taking place next year. Assistance available for this category will be from a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $30,000. Applications will be accepted until 14 August. For more information visit the Regional Arts NSW website.

Arts Tasmania’s Individual Artists Program

Professional and emerging artists can now apply for funding to undertake projects in 2015 through Arts Tasmania’s Individual Artists program.  Applications close 1 August. For more information click here.

Crown Resorts Foundation’s Western Sydney Arts Initiative

Crown Resorts Foundation has opened the Crown Resorts Foundation’s Western Sydney Arts Initiative. Over 10 years, beginning in financial year 2014/15, $30 million will be allocated to eligible arts projects in Western Sydney. It is hoped this Initiative will enhance Western Sydney’s arts capacity by promoting the accessibility and availability of the arts and supporting projects and organisations that encourage excellence, innovation and creativity in the arts.  The focus is on young people’s engagement with the arts. Applications close 30 June. For more information visit the Crown Resorts website.  




The Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition

Applications are now open for the first Songwriters Hall of Fame, Song Competition. Applications close on the 30 June. The Competition is open to all amateur and professional songwriters. Songwriters will be evaluated by a panel of industry professionals including legendary songwriters, producers and publishers. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. Find out more here.


Nominations Open for QLD Cultural Champions

Culture Champions is a Queensland Government initiative that promotes the people who are growing and strengthening arts and culture in Queensland through their roles as makers, supporters, volunteers, partners, keepers, distributors and supporters of the arts. To nominate someone visit the Queensland Government website.

Call for Choirs ANCA, Choralfest 2015

The Choralfest 2015 committee is inviting choirs to submit an expression of interest in performing at Choralfest 2015 taking place 9 – 12 April 2015, Melbourne. Performance during opportunities will include daily lunchtime concerts, a twilight concert, and major evening concerts. Choirs may include any type of choral ensemble performing at a high level in any style. Expressions of interest closes 30 June 2014. For more information visit the Choralfest website.

Disability Arts Festival Calls for EOI 2015

Beyond our Boundaries(BOB) is inviting individuals and groups of artists living with disability to showcase their talent in the creative hub and heart of Hobart in July, 2015. Artists, acrobats, actors, sculptors, dancers, puppeteers, singers, multi-media artists, film-makers, writers, circus performers, choristers, choirs, troupes, groups, theatre companies, dance companies, production companies, and  schools are invited to come, perform and participate. To register your interest click here, or for more information, please email:

Audition Associate Principal Percussion, AOBO

The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra(AOBO)  seeks an outstanding musician to fill the permanent position of Associate Principal Percussion. Auditions are being held 14 - Friday 15 August. Applicants close 14 July. For more information visit the Opera Australia website.

Auditions TSO Section Principal Trombone & Principal First Violin

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is auditioning for Principal First Violin  and Section Principal Trombone. Applications close 21 July, with audition being held 4 -5 August. For more information click here.





Little BIGSOUND is a one-day forum for creative youth looking to work in and break into the music industry, all while seeing Brisbane’s hottest new bands in a unique conference and showcase experience. The forum is taking place 21 July. For more information visit the QMusic website.

ArtsHub 2014: A Conference to Help Arts Thrive

Registration is now open for ArtsHub 2014, an industry conference that promises to equip the sector with valuable tools for growth. ArtsHub 2014 will be held on 31 October in Melbourne. For more information and to register to attend click here.

Biennial Kodály National Conference 2014

The 2014 Kodály National Conference "Bridging the Gap" will feature world class presentations in the music education of students from birth to senior secondary in a range of settings including classroom, choral and instrumental. Taking place in Sydney 29 Sept – 2 October. For more information visit the conference website.

Face The Music, 14 – 15 November 2014

Face The Music is Victoria’s biggest contemporary music conference will take place in November at Arts Centre Melbourne and will coincide with Melbourne Music Week and Australasian World Music Expo (AWME). Face the music is now accepting topic and speaker recommendations. To submit a suggestion click here.



ENCATC 2014 Annual Conference

ENCATC is the leading European network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy education, is holding its annual conference themed "New Challenges for the Arts: Is it just about money?" From the  17- 19 September in the Czech Republic. For more information click here.

10th World Symposium on Choral Music

Held every 3 years, the Word Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM) promotes artistic excellence, cooperation and exchange and brings together the finest choirs and choral experts for performances, seminars, workshops and exhibitions. The Symposium runs 6 - 13 August in Korea. To find out more visit the conference website.



ATSI Music Office, Project Development Consultants

The APRA AMCOS ATSI Music Office is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced project development consultants. The successful consultant will be appointed by the Office to scope out and develop a program to deliver creative and business skills to the NSW Aboriginal music creator community. Applications close 20 June. For more information visit the APRA AMCOS website.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Patrons Manager

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is seeking to appoint a Patrons Manager Applications close 16 June. For more information visit the MSO website.

Artistic Director And Co-CEO, Next Wave

Next Wave’s Festival Board is looking for an exceptional individual to lead Next Wave in partnership with our Executive Director. For an artistic visionary who is creative, strategic and entrepreneurial. Applications close 13 June. For more information visit the Next Wave website.  

Regional Arts Promotion Officer, Yarra Ranges Council

Yarra Ranges Council’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Department is currently seeking a highly motivated and experienced person to fill the role of Regional Arts Promotions Officer working across two key cultural facilities in the Yarra Ranges Urban Region. Applications close 16 June. For more information visit the Council website.

Marketing & Communications Manager, Performance Space

Performance Space is looking to appoint a Marketing and Communications Manager. Applications close 16 June. For more information click here.

Producer, Summer Arts Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre is looking to hire an Producer for a new summer arts festival. Applications close 15 June. For more information visit the Melbourne Recital Centre website.

Assistant Director of Music at Parramatta Cathedral

Parramatta Cathedral is seeking to appointment an Assistant Director of Music. For more information click here.

Music Therapist, Able Australia

Able Australia is seeking to appoint a Music Therapist. Applications close 27 June. For more information visit

Online Marketing Coordinator, Arts Centre Melbourne

The Arts Centre Melbourne is seeking to appoint an Online Marketing Coordinator. Applications close 18 June. For more information click here.



Auckland Arts Festival, Publicist

Auckland Arts Festival is Auckland's premier festival of New Zealand and international arts is seeking to appoint a Publicist. Reporting to the Marketing and Development Director, the Publicist will manage the public relations and maximize beneficial publicity for Auckland Arts Festival. Applications close 16 June. For more information click here.

Chief Executive, Benslow Music Trust

Benslow Music Trust in the UK is seeking to appoint a Chief Executive to provide strategic and organisational leadership for all the Trust’s activities. Applications close 23 June.  For more information click here.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege, Chief Executive

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege is seeking to appoint a Chief Executive. Applications close 18 August. For more information click here.
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