We return to Sydney’s Vivid Festival with an Indie Classics seminar on 12 June. Our top panel explores art music’s future. Get your tickets now. In the lead-up, we launch a series profiling innovative platforms for independent artists. We kick off with a feature on Splendor Amsterdam - the ultimate - a completely artist owned and run space. It really is splendid!

Saturday is Record Store Day – do drop by your local store, buy some music and check out the action. See you there!

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Chris Bowen
Music Australia




Splendor Amsterdam – A unique 21st century space for artists

In a quiet Amsterdam canal street sits a former bathhouse, transformed by a visionary group of artists into a unique, purpose built space for music. When Music Australia visited, we were amazed at this extraordinary inspiration.
We share its story.





Lord Mayor Clover Moore Calls for Live Music Lockout Exemptions

The Lord Mayor has put her weight behind Sydney’s struggling live music venues. She calls for a well-researched, evidence-based approach, not a ‘sledgehammer’. Full story

Celebrate Record Store Day at your local record store on Saturday

Record Store Day returns - this Saturday 16 April. Join this worldwide celebration of local independent music stores, head down and enjoy the action. We have all the info you need here

Five Music Retail Facts & good Aussie news - with Record Store Day in mind

In the lead up to Record Store Day we’ve assembled five facts on the latest trends, to get you thinking, and to motivate enthusiasts to seek out and buy some great music. Full story



Katie Noonan joins Brodsky Quartet in new song

Nine leading Australian composers contributed to Katie Noonan’s new song cycle With Love and Fire, based on the poetry of Judith Wright. She tours the work nationally with the UK’s renowned Brodsky Quartet in April and May. Full story

Baroque finds the festival mainstream

Hobart Baroque festival left an indelible mark on Australia’s festival landscape by proving that Baroque and early music can become the backbone of mainstream arts festivals. Exemplifying the trend are Brisbane Baroque and the Canberra International Music Festival. Full story

Female composers still being overlooked

A new book by UK writer Anna Beer, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, argues that social attitudes that impeded female composers in previous centuries still impact their careers today. Full story




Perth pianist is the youngest person accepted into Juilliard

Young Perth pianist Anwen Deng is reportedly the youngest person ever to be accepted by the Juilliard School to study piano. She is a Year 2 student at Perth’s All Saints’ College and will commence next year. Full story

Extracurricular music may be more beneficial than classroom music

A research paper by three Melbourne academics challenges the widely held notion that music participation at school can benefit a child’s academic and psychosocial progress. Instead, it suggests that extracurricular music may be more beneficial. Full story

MCUI 2016 Song Is On The Way!

Music: Count Us In sees more than half a million kids singing the same song, on the same day, at the same time. It all starts with the composition of the Program Song – a song written by students and written for students. Here is all the news from our 2016 Songwriting Workshop. Full story




Uni Students to Launch Women’s Rock Magazine

Two media students at Sydney University are tired of reading music publications created with men in mind. They have created a new magazine written by women. Full story

New Community Singing Festival For Country Victoria

Workshops, performances and sing-alongs in the Macedon Ranges.  Full story




We still cover all the latest music opportunities. They've just moved to a better home! 


You can now access the complete suite of Opportunities at your leisure, anytime, on our website.The new Opportunities section includes all the latest information on competitions, awards, conferences, events, workshops, funding opportunities, resources, music jobs and more. Check out the OPPORTUNITIES section on our website now! In the meantime, the latest, opportunities just around the corner, are below. 

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Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:



Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture and Composition Competition
Entries close 15 Apr

APRA members are invited to compose a song or instrumental in the spirit of Jackie’s music. The winner will be selected by members of the Orszaczky band and receive a cash prize.

Fanfare Competition – Call for submissions

Registrations close 23 May
8 young artists + 8 compositions = Sydney Opera House  – Open to young people aged 12-21 years to write a short 30 second composition to assist calling people to their seats at the Sydney Opera House.


Coups de Vents – 6th International Composition Competition

Applications close 1 Jun
Coups de Vents is launching the call for applications from his 6th International Composition Competition for wind orchestra.


Cranbrook Recording Studio Competition

Submissions close 20 Jun
Cranbrook is calling on independent soloists, small ensembles (ten players or less) and composers of any age to submit an exciting, original and significant body of previously unrecorded work to the 2016 Cranbrook Recording Studio Competition.


The International Music+Sound Awards

Entries close 15 Apr
The Music+Sound Awards are the world’s first and only global awards programme to recognise and celebrate the indispensable role and outstanding contribution that both music and sound design play in the media.

Helpmann Awards

Entries close 29 Apr
Entries for the 2016 Helpmann Awards are now open. Login and submit your entry online by 29 Apr.


NT Song of the Year Awards

Entries close 27 May
To celebrate the fifth year of the Northern Territory’s premier celebration of songwriters – the NT Song of the Year Awards – MusicNT introduce two new award categories, to be judged by more than 50 Australian music industry leaders.



Applications close 25 May
The YAMawards honour the world’s best productions for young audiences, with the purpose of supporting creativity and innovation.


Programs, Workshops & Resources


Applications closing soon for these Workshops & Programs:


The Future of Audience Research, Sydney
18 Apr

SAMAG’s next seminar will focus on audience research. It will be a forward-looking discussion about commissioning, managing and applying audience research in arts and culture management.  Bringing together a panel with experience from the arts, media and beyond.

Music NT - Sista Sounds Workshops

Every year MusicNT mentors work with aspiring Indigenous female musicians and songwriters in some of the most remote locations in Australia.


Bogong Centre for Sound Culture Masterclass

21 – 24 May
Bogong Centre for Sound Culture Masterclass is a four-day all-inclusive learning experience in a unique location, Bogong Alpine Village. Lead by Dr Philip Samartzis the masterclass introduces students, artists and industry professionals to concepts and practices informing site-specific sound art.


The Fundamentals of Fundraising, National

Perfect for emerging practitioners looking to cement their knowledge of arts philanthropy and sponsorship, or for established arts workers who want a refresher on the nuts and bolts of arts fundraising. This is also an excellent opportunity to network with your peers and connect with your local Creative Partnerships State Manager.


Community Music Victoria Music Camp

15-17 Apr

Amazing singing and music workshops for all, Saturday night bash, 6 indoor, spacious and accessible venues, plus dedicated indoor sessions space.

Taikoz Classes – Term 2 Booking now open

Learn how to play the fascinating, awe-inspiring taiko! Taiko playing requires great energy and teamwork – its expression is primal and earthy. Experience the taiko by way of a Play Taiko Intro Workshop or joining an 8-week Beginners class.

Short Music Courses at The Con

26 Apr
The program offers many short courses to give adults the skills and knowledge to pursue their musical interests, curiosity, or to find a creative outlet for their talents in a collaborative group learning environment.


JMC Academy Open Days

Syd: 30 Apr, Mel: 14 May, Bris: 21 May
Are you still undecided about how you want to spend the next one to two years of your study time? Do you want a preview of what the next two years might hold? Then this is your opportunity to get to know JMC Academy!



Folk Music:

Australia Folk Blogspot 

A terrific resource for folk enthusiasts  

Contemporary Music:

Anatomy Music Focused Podcast 

 A collection of podcasts on Australian contemporary artist and music industry issues


Conferences, Seminars & Events


 Conferences, Seminars & Events just around the corner:


BIGSOUND, QLD – Early bird tickets now available
7-9 Sep

Australia’s foremost music industry conference, BIGSOUND, is returning to take over Brisbane and this year is marking its 15th anniversary.  A limited number of specially discounted early bird tickets are now available.

Classical: Next – Rotterdam, Netherlands

25–28 May
The Global meeting of art music innovators. Australian stand and presence with Sounds Australia, andspecial discounts for Australian delegates. Contact us at Music Australia for more information


Arts Access Australia Meeting Place 2016, Adelaide

27 May 
Meeting Place brings people interested in arts and disability together to generate real conversations, explore the distinctive nature of the sector and share brilliant artistic works.


International Music Summit, Ibiza

25-27 May
International Music Summit is an educational, inspirational and motivational thought leadership platform dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for electronic music and the artistry related to DJing and all related art forms, through the presentation of summits and events.


Indie Classics – What will classical and art music look like in the future?
12 Jun

A seminar with Vivid Ideas, supported by APRA AMCOS. We continue our exploration of the future of classical music with a top notch panel and special guests, sharing ideas, practice and new ground.

ISME  – Pre Conference: “IMAGINE THE FUTURE: Everyone Plays Music”

23-23 Jul 
Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy


ISME – Community Music Activity (CMA) International Seminar

19-23 Jul
Theme: Innovation and Change in Community Music. The seminar will bring together community music practitioners and scholars to celebrate and explore the music-making practices, pedagogies, and cultural politics that are currently shaping community music throughout the world.



Music Matters Live, Singapore – Call for bands

Applications close 14 Apr

Dubbed “TED meets SXSW” by Jason Mraz, Music Matters Live is a free festival featuring live music performances of some of the world’s best up-and-coming artists.

International Festival of Language & Culture – Colours of the World, Sydney

17 Apr
The International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) is an annual celebration that showcases the range of linguistic talents and cultural diversity from around the world.

Singapore Violin Festival

1-7 Jun
The week-long festival brings together a highly reputable international panel of musicians, with a strong focus on established professionals in the Asia Pacific region


Brisbane International Singers Festival 2016, QLD

3-5 Jun
The Festival is open to all community and school choirs and individual singers with amazing opportunities to sing in the Festival showcase concerts and massed choirs.




Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:

The Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools (VCPS) Program, VIC
EOI’s close 15 Apr

The Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools (VCPS) Program is a pilot program designed to connect creative practitioners and organisations with remotely located schools via new technologies. This program is a partnership between the Education Partnerships Team at Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training’s Digital Learning and STEM Branch.

State Library Victoria 2016 Fellowships Program

Applications close 17 Apr
The State Library’s fellowship program is one of the most substantial in Australia. Each year, the Library offers Creative Fellowships to encourage the original and imaginative use or development of the Library’s collections for new work.

Regional Touring Boost Grants, WA

Applications close 21 Apr
The Royalties for Regions Regional Touring Boost grants program aims to increase the number and diversity of shows by small to medium groups touring regional towns and remote communities in Western Australia.


City of Stonnington Arts and Cultural Grant Program 2016/17

Applications close 24 Apr
The City of Stonnington’s Arts and Cultural Grants program supports organisations, community groups and individuals wishing to present high quality, creative, contemporary projects that enhance the cultural and economic development of the City. Activities can include performing and visual arts, literature, film, new media and architecture, as well as festivals and community events.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs:

APRA AMCOS – Writer Services Assistant
Applications close 15 Apr

Full Time 12 month Fixed Term contract position has become available within the Membership Department.

Inertia – Publicist

Inertia is looking for a legend with these, and many other excellent qualities to join our vibrant, Sydney-based team as their new PUBLICIST.

Ministry of Sound – PA to the CEO

The culture of this thriving, well-established company is energetic, creative and full of passion for music! But creative success can’t happen without excellent administration management and superior organisation skills in this key role.


Carriageworks – Marketing and Communications Manager

Applications close 15 Apr
Carriageworks is seeking a smart, creative and experienced marketing specialist with communications expertise to join the team as Marketing and Communications Manager.


The Song Room – Office Administration Coordinator

Applications close 18 Apr
The Song Room is seeking an experienced and dynamic Office Administration Coordinator to support the organisation’s efficient and effective business functioning in areas of general administration and office duties.

Carriageworks – Producer- Events

Applications close 19 Apr
Carriageworks is seeking an experienced Producer – Events to join the team.


Orchestra Victoria – Orchestra Personnel Manager

Applications close 22 Apr
Orchestra Victoria is seeking to appoint a Personnel Manager to join the orchestra’s senior management team.

Performance Space – Production Manager

Applications close 26 Apr
The Production Manager is a key role within the team that has the opportunity to contribute to the development of Australia’s finest experimental artists and projects, and assist in delivering an international festival of experimental arts with a focus on the Asia Pacific region.


Sydney Festival – Marketing & Digital Manager

Applications close 26 Apr
This position forms an integral part of Sydney Festival’s marketing team. In collaboration with the Head of Marketing & Customer Services and the broader team, the Marketing & Digital Manager will plan and implement Sydney Festival’s marketing, digital and brand strategy.


Regional Arts Victoria – Manager, Performing Arts Touring

Application close 26 Apr
Regional Arts Victoria is seeking to appoint a Performing Arts Touring Manager to lead the state’s touring agenda through industry development initiatives and a diverse and exciting program of state-wide and national tours.


ICE, Creative Director/Manager – Multicultural Women’s Hub

Applications close 29 Apr
Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE) is seeking a dynamic Creative Director/Manager to guide the establishment of an ambitious multi-venue/cross regional Multicultural Women’s Hub Program that uses creativity, digital innovation and community engagement to build social and economic independence and employment for multicultural women in Western Sydney.


Sydney Symphony Orchestra(SSO) - Principal Clarinet

Applications close:  12 Jul | Audition date: 23 - 24 Aug
SSO is auditioning in August for a Principal clarinet.

Opera Queensland – Project Rossini

Project Rossini is a large, ambitious project in which Opera Queensland will work with eight Queensland communities to find and train local performers for a 2016 tour of The Barber of Seville. Aspiring performers from eight communities – Gold Coast, Fraser Coast, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba will have the opportunity to audition for a coveted spot.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Sally Whitwell and VOX – The Independent Theatre, North Sydney

15-16 Apr
Aria-awarding winning pianist Sally Whitwell curates a program of the own compositions, arrangements and musical favourites in concert with Sydney youth choir VOX.

Paul Kelly does Shakespeare, Melbourne

23 Apr

For a man often regarded as the bard of modern Australia, Paul Kelly’s most treasured possession isn’t all that surprising: a three-volume collection of Shakespeare’s His latest album – Seven Sonnets & A Song – is a tribute to the legendary playwright, with Kelly performing his own takes on Shakespeare's poetic explorations of love and lust.

Ensemble Offspring 2016 Sizzle, Sydney

24 Apr
Sizzle is contemporary classical music without the formal wear – a place to relax and enjoy new sounds – from art music to pop music and everything in between.

Tex Perkins + Charlie Owen -  Arkaba Hotel, South Australia

29 Apr

Tex Perkins has played a key role in Australian music and will be teaming up with Charlie Owen. This is a night not to be missed.


The Brodsky Quartet & Katie Noonan – Melbourne Recital Centre

29 Apr
Katie Noonan, one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists, joins the UK’s perpetually intrepid Brodsky Quartet in a stunning new collaboration.


The Drones, 170 Russell, Melboune, VIC

20 May
One of Australia’s most revered live acts, The Drones return to the stage.

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