With the 100th anniversary of our involvement in the first war, and from it, emergence of the Anzac spirit, we thought it most fitting a tune be composed to celebrate this occasion, watch out for it at your local ceremony! Details below.

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Chris Bowen






Orchestral diplomacy to Cuba


In a cultural coup, The Minnesota Orchestra will be America’s first major ensemble to perform in Cuba since the Obama Administration normalised relations earlier this year. The Washington Post reports the rush has been on by others keen for the privilege including the Chicago Symphony. This follows a challenging period for the ensemble who only a year ago endured one of the longest lockouts in orchestral history. They will perform with the Cuban National Choir and pianist Frank Fernandez at the Cubadisco Festival.



2014 Music Industry round-up from US Media Company

Digital media company Next Big Sound has released their State of the Industry Report with some interesting insights into the music world. As reported in our last issue, they use high end analytics to seek out commercial potential, match bands with brands, and select bands to watch, one of whom is our own Sheppard.

Read our summary of their highlights here.



2014 Global Royalties Roundup

Global royalty collection body The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has released its 2015 Global Collections Report. This shows that royalties across the world gathered in 2014 were steady at €7.8bn ($11.5bn).

Read full report here.




Royalty Increases in Canada


With global royalty incomes stable, Canada’s SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) has released their preliminary 2014 results which show a record amount of royalties paid for public performances. Read Full Story






World’s Worst Merch?

We loved this light-hearted piece from our good friends at Australian Musician:
“Last week, iconic oz band Icehouse teamed up with shoe brand Nookiee to present a range of quality footwear based on the artwork of Icehouse albums. Nothing wrong there but we took the opportunity to look at some of the world's most bizarre band merchandise. Check it out!

Two decades of Live Music in Sydney and Melbourne

A researcher at RMIT is charting changes in the Sydney and Melbourne live music scenes over the course of 23 years, from 1983. Findings show that, while the overall number of gigs has increased, the average band plays less often. Read full story here.

Venues close and open in Perth and Brisbane

Popular Perth venue Deville’s Pad has announced that it will be closing its doors in March. Meanwhile, Brisbane is about to gain brand new creative hub The Foundry. Read story here.

Queensland Music Awards 2015 - Nominees announced

QMusic has announced the full list of finalists for the 2015 Queensland Music Awards, presented by BOQ and Hutchinson Builders. Tickets are on sale now for the QMAs awards night which takes place March 30 at the Brisbane Powerhouse.



Federal funds for Indian tour and China links

Arts Minister George Brandis has announced funding of $250,000 towards the Australian World Orchestra’s Indian tour in October with conductor Zubin Mehta. AWO will give concerts in Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi, and involve young Indian musicians in education programs.

Read full story



Opera Australia has too much artistic control

An overhaul of Opera Australia is urgently needed, says Diana Simmonds, editor of Stagenoise. Writing ahead of the National Opera Review’s recommendations later this year, she says, “too much money and too much artistic control are concentrated in one company – Opera Australia – and this is dragging down any hope of change and a viable future for the art form”.

Read full story




El Sistema under scrutiny

Music educators around the world may have been uncritical in their rush to embrace the Venezuelan youth orchestra program, El Sistema. A new book, Orchestrating Venezuela’s Youth, finds that many of its widely touted claims ring hollow.

Read full Story


Granny Blackberries launches resource for music teachers

A Sunshine Coast resident is doing her bit for children’s musical education. Author and songwriter Cathleen Meggitt has launched, a website containing numerous of her own songbooks and albums, which she hopes will become a resource for classroom music teachers.

Read full story




Pipe Bands Australia Anzac Centenary Competition winner

West Australian Jim Murray has won a competition for a pipe tune to commemorate100 years since the landings at Gallipoli and the birth of the ANZAC spirit. Commissioned by the Australian and New Zealand Pipe Band associations, the competition called for an original air or slow lament, with Jim’s piece Anzac We Remember You chosen from fifty entries. The piece will be made available to bands across Australia before Anzac day. Jim is currently the Pipe Major of Western Australia Police Pipe Band.

Gig Buddies Officially Launched

13 February saw the official launch of Gig Buddies, an initiative forming part of the Sydney Live Music and Performance Action Plan. The not-for-profit organisation, which is part of ACL Disability Services, pairs individuals with learning disabilities with those without, so that they can attend events together. It aims to fill the gap left when support workers finish work at 10pm. Volunteers are welcome.

Development Threatens Melbourne’s Triple R

A six-storey residential development proposed for 122-124 Nicholson Street presents a possible threat to community radio station Triple R. In a submission to Moreland Council, manager Dave Houchin outlined his concern that the building may block the station’s signal, which is transmitted to Dandenong via a 1.8 metre antenna. ‘The antenna is aligned approximately parallel with Blyth Street to the east,’ he wrote. ‘Basically this means that it has quite a high gain but only over a fairly narrow angle.’ The matter is on its way to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Wild at Heart Songwriting Workshops for the Disabled and Disadvantaged

Community arts organisation Wild@heART will run songwriting workshops in regional Victoria throughout 2015. This innovative program is designed for anyone who experiences disadvantage, disability and/or mental illness. Heidi Everett and Phil Heuzenroeder will host the workshops in person, following them up with communication over Skype. Participants will be encouraged to perform live and on radio and will also be invited to play at one of Wild@heART’s Strumarama events in Melbourne. New partnerships are welcome - make contact here.




Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, Auditions


WOTOpera Workshops

WotOpera and Pinchgut Opera present WOTOpera workshops. The 2-hour in-school workshop prepares students for the opera experience. WotOpera staff investigate the plot, history and themes of the opera with a series of fun activities. Further details here


Confi’dance Hip Hop Program

Cultural Infusion’s Tough Chicks self-defence and hip hop program empowers young women with skills, knowledge and confidence to handle situations they encounter on the streets, in the home and online. More info here.


Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Interested in world music? Join Dr James Wierzbicki’s world music unit and take a trip to regions such as the Arab world, Aboriginal Australia, Indonesia, south and east Asia, the Arctic regions, North and South America and sub-Saharan Africa. More info


Live Auditions for Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra

Shen Yun is now accepting applications for the positions of Conductor, Assistant Conductor, and Harp. Live auditions will be held June 10-15, 2014 in New York at Shen Yun’s headquarters. Details here.




Artology – Fanfare Competition

If you are aged 12-21 with a passion for composition - start writing! Your work could be heard by 1,000’s of people at the Sydney Opera House and pre-recorded by a live orchestra. An Artology, Sydney Opera House, Australian Youth Orchestra and ATYP Project. More info here.


Mozart International Piano Competition - Italy

9 -10 May
Piano Competition for juniors with 5 categories up to 20 years old. More info here.




VOSA Grants

VOSA plans to support music education in Victorian primary schools low in resources (instruments/budget) wanting to offer an Orff-oriented classroom music programme.
More Info here.


City of Sydney - Sponsorship

Through the festivals and events sponsorship program, the City support festivals and events that celebrate, develop and engage the city’s communities. Funding is available for a 1 year program or up to 3 years, generally for amounts between $5,000 to $30,000 for new applicants or localised festivals. Closing 3 March.


MultiCultural NSW – Celebration Grant

 Celebration Grants are offered to NSW events that celebrate cultural diversity. Details here.


Creative Partnerships – Match Fund

MATCH provides dollar-for-dollar matched funding of up to $10,000 for private sector crowdfunding campaigns in support of an arts project.





Arts on Tour NSW – Marketing Coordinator

Arts on Tour are looking for a Marketing Coordinator to join their team.



Opera Australia – Touring & Outreach

Opera Australia, Australia's largest performing arts company, seeks an Operations Coordinator for the Touring & Outreach department.



Federation University Victoria – Singing Lecturer

The right candidate will contribute to the development and delivery of the Singing courses and Performing Arts program at undergraduate and graduate levels in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. More info here.



Laverton College – Strings Teacher

Crashendo!, an El Sistema-inspired music program based at Laverton College, Victoria, Australia, is seeking an experienced strings teacher for two afternoons a week starting immediately Please contact Erica Rasmussen for more info.



PACT – General Manager

An exciting opportunity to be PACT’s next General Manager. The position is a key role in the PACT team and is responsible for the financial management, legal compliance and governance of the organisation. Apply here.




Musica Viva – Operations Coordinator

Musica Viva Australia is seeking a motivated arts administrator with a high degree of initiative and a strong interest in classical music for a vital support role in the Artist Development and Concert programs. Details here.




Cheltenham Bach Choir - Music Director


Cheltenham Bach Choir is seeking to appoint a new Music Director to take it forward into the future. Information here.


Key Supporters


· Australia Council for the Arts
· The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
· City of Sydney
· Clipper Property Group
· Thomson Geer Lawyers

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