Last night I had the privilege to attend the New South Wales Parliamentary Friends of Australian Music event at Parliament House. The NSW contemporary music industry is definitely a creative hub of the state's social and cultural life, providing billions of dollars to the economy and exports. 

It was a wonderful opportunity to network with songwriters, chat to parliamentarians and key industry leaders. Advocacy for our industry is so important . The icing on the cake was to hear some outstanding examples of Australian live music including music by iconic Aussie act Icehouse. 

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Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
CEO, Music Australia





Music in Ireland: A Review of Our Greatest Cultural Asset

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Victoria Launches First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries

The $2.15 million Action Plan outlines methods for addressing the current barriers to employment and training, under-representation of First Peoples on boards and in senior roles of creative organisations and the sale of inauthentic First Peoples creative product. Full story



Qantas Removes Music From Flights

Qantas has removed music from their in-flight entertainment system for domestic and some international flights. Full story



Pressurised Air, Water, Ice and Inflatable Stage in Speak Percussion’s Newest Show

Speak Percussion's new work ‘Polar Force’, which incorporates field recordings from the Antarctic and bespoke musical instruments using pressurised air, water and ice, is one of this group’s most complex projects. We look at how it extends new music practice. Full story





WASO’s Crescendo Teaching Program is Lifting NAPLAN Scores

West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Crescendo program has contributed to successful NAPLAN and ACER scores at the two primary schools in which it runs, in Kwinana, south of Perth. The program teaches violin and classroom music to children at both schools. Full story




First Music Primary School to Open Under Richard Gill’s Vision

Muswellbrook Richard Gill National Music Academy, a new independent primary school is being established in partnership with Richard Gill and driven by his vision. With music at the core of its curriculum, it will open in 2020 in Muswellbrook, NSW. Full story





Western Australia Government Cracks Down On Noise Complaints

The Government has announced new reforms which aim to put an end to the ongoing battle between residents, developers and live music venues within The State. 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.

To share an Opportunity send us an email. 


Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

African Music Awards
Nominations close 24 September
The African Music Awards celebrate, acknowledge and honour African music artists based in Australia.


National Live Music Awards

6 December, Brisbane
The National Live Music Awards are a broad recognition of Australia’s diverse and successful live industry, celebrating the diversity and success of the Australian live scene.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Yamaha Winds

Application deadline extended to 30 September
Yamaha Music Australia is excited and proud to offer an exceptional opportunity for musicians 18 yrs and older to take part in a brand new performing and learning initiative.

Cello Chops, Rhythms and Grooves

31 October – 21 November
Learn about contemporary techniques for accompanying folk tunes, singer-songwriters, jamming with friends and expanding your creativity. While these workshops are geared towards cellists, other string players are welcome too.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


Arts Front Under 30 Symposium
26 – 28 September, Newcastle

A new national symposium, is bringing young artists from across the nation together in Newcastle.

ASME State Conference

4 - 5 October, Melbourne
The theme of this year’s Australian Society for Music Educators Conference is Creative Music-Making – the How, Why and Way.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:

Commercial Development Grants Program

Applications close 4 October
The Commercial Development Grants Program supports the development and growth of sustainable, professional creative practice in Western Australia.

Access Arts Achievement Award

Applications close 22 October
The Access Arts Achievement Award provides up to $10,000 in funding for Queensland artists, arts workers and producers with disability working in any art form to create, develop, present, produce, exhibit and/or tour their work.


Rainbow Arts and Culture Foundation Artist Grants

Applications close 26 October
Provides emerging and established artists an opportunity to construct manage and present new work to a large audience in a natural, outdoor environment.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Arts ACT, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Officer

Applications close 3 October
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Officer will contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of new targeted policy and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Queensland Music Festival, Executive Director
Applications close 8 October

Reporting to the board, the Executive Director is responsible for all operational aspects of the organisation.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Chief Executive Officer
Applications close 15 October

This role is suited to a proactive leader who has initiative, flexibility and the capacity to combine artistic excellence with a strong commercial aptitude.




Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Douglas Boyd Conducts Mozart
28 September, Melbourne Recital Centre
An exciting event presented by the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

Freedman Classical Fellowship Concert

29 September, Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Sydney

After a nation-wide search for the greatest classical musicians aged 30 and under, the three finalists - violinist Courtenay Cleary, percussionist Thea Rossen and clarinettist Oliver Shermacher - will compete live in concert for the title of 2018 Freedman Classical Fellow, and the career-changing $20,000 cash prize to undertake a proposed creative project.

Midnight Sun Launch Party fest. MICRA with supports by Mirrah and Scruffamuda
Friday 5 October, Foundry616, Harris St, Ultimo NSW
Chinatown's new late night live music venue will showcase Sydney's diverse and thriving music scene, every Friday night. 


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