Last Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity to sing in a massed 500 voice choir and to conduct my own Viva La Musica community choir at Queensland Performing Arts Centre for the annual Brisbane Sings community event. This performance with community choirs, children’s choirs and stage bands presented a highly entertaining show which celebrated singing in a choir. This year substantial funds where to support their charity partner Mummy’s Wish. It was wonderful to be a part of this performance experience and to connect together in song to celebrate music, fellowship and community.
In other music news, a new Code of Practice has been launched for the Australian entertainment industry, the music community is raising funds for drought stricken farmers plus our Music: Count Us In program continues to rally a nation of school kids in the lead up to Celebration Day on 1 November.

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Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
CEO, Music Australia





Dave Grohl Launches ‘Play’ To Promote Music Education

‘Play’ is a new project based around a 23 minute piece music written and performed by Grohl on 7 different instruments. Full story





New Code of Practice Launched for the Australian Entertainment Industry

Live Performance Australia and Screen Producers Australia have announced a new Code of Practice covering discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and bullying in the entertainment industry. Full story



Push for an Australian Centre of Baroque Excellence

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is in the early stages of planning a Centre of Baroque Excellence to serve as an exhibition space for its large collection of instruments and as a venue for research, conferences and training projects in Baroque music. Full story



Bang on a Can All-Stars Return to Oz

Acclaimed New York contemporary classical ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars return to Australia after six years to give concerts in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. They will be performing works by Australian composers Kate Moore and J.G. Thirlwell. Full story



The Planets

We look into the famous music work by Gustav Holst, The Planets Opus 32. Full story




Music Australia is the independent national voice of the music industry. We rely on a mix of funding, membership fees, sponsorship and your donations to exist. Music Australia is calling out for donations to helps us continue the work of our music education program Music: Count Us In (MCUI) into the future by providing more Australian children with access to free, quality music education within their schools. Even a donation as small as $25 makes an enormous difference. Donate now by heading here. 




Music: Count Us In is Rallying a Nation of Schoolkids

The largest school initiative of any kind in this country, Music: Count Us In is designed to cater for schoolchildren of all ages and circumstances to join together in singing. Teachers are able to register free and receive a range of resources. Full story


$100 Creative Kids Rebate Could Make Primary Schools Sing

We look into a creative arts rebate program called ‘Creative Kids’ recently announced as part of the 2019 NSW budget. Full story




Australian Music Community Fundraises for Drought Stricken Farmers

As news of the battles facing our drought- stricken farmers travels throughout the country, the music community has joined forces to do what it can to help the cause. 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 Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

Rockin’ the Puburbs
Applications close 22 August
Pubs across NSW are on the look-out for the next big thing in live music with nominations for this year’s Rockin’ the Puburbs competition now open.


The Age Music Victoria Awards 

Submissions close 31 August
The Age Music Victoria Awards are an annual Awards night celebrating Victorian music.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

In Conversation: Richard Gill, AO & Simon Moore 

24 August, North Sydney
Join Richard Gill, AO for an insight into his vast career and a discussion of how important Australian music education is and how it compares to overseas.

Lock Out Laws Arts & Cultural Impact

27 August, Sydney
Join SAMAG in discussion with key policy and political stakeholders about the effect of the lock out laws on the arts and the impact of the arts on local communities.

Sweet Adelines Frenzy Workshop

25 – 26 August, Brisbane
Sweet Adelines Australia is offering a two-day workshop and a concert featuring 2017 International Quartet Champions, Frenzy in Brisbane.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


Gympie Music Muster
23 – 26 August, Amamoor Creek State Forest

As one of Australia’s largest charity festivals, the Muster has a unique community spirit, based on collaboration and artist to audience connection.

Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum

21 - 22 September, Newman WA
Expert speakers and creative practitioners are brought together in the heart of one of the country’s richest cultural resources: the Pilbara, to take on the big questions.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Commercial Development Grants Program
Applications close 27 August

The Commercial Development Grants Program supports the development and growth of sustainable, professional creative practice in Western Australia.

Arts Tasmania, Tasmanian Residences

Applications close 1 September
The Tasmanian Residencies program supports Tasmanian artists to undertake residencies at wilderness, historical and cultural locations across Tasmania.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Director of Instrumental Music
Applications close 31 August

The Director of Instrumental Music is responsible for the vision and leadership of an Instrumental Music Program that engages more than 900 students across 32 ensembles, and features an Education Partnership with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

ACMI, Coordinator - Games in Education

Applications close 21 August
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is Australia's national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art.

Murray Arts, Communications Officer

Applications close 24 August
Do you love writing and communicating compelling content using a variety of platforms?


Orchestra Victoria, Principal Piccolo

Auditions held 20 – 21 August
Orchestra Victoria seeks musicians of outstanding ability for the position of Principal Piccolo.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Piccolo Principal
Applications close 6 September
This position is only open to Australian citizens and permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens.

Vocational Education and Training in Music Review
Applications close 6 September
The Culture and Related Industries Industry Reference Committee, supported by PwC’s Skills for Australia,
works to ensure the nation’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system provides Australians with the
skills they need to obtain lifelong, meaningful employment. They are undertaking a review of vocational education and training in music to ensure learners are equipped with skills and knowledge to work across a diverse range of roles in the music industry. Want to have your say? Head here to register your interest. 




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Bob Dylan

19 August, Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Winner of a Nobel Prize in literature and one of the most important artists of the last century, Bob Dylan brings his iconic sound to Sydney this weekend.

Great Opera Hits
19 August, Sydney Opera House
Head to the Sydney Opera House this weekend and join the stars of Opera Australia.


Key Supporters 

  • The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
  • Thomson Geer Lawyers
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