In this edition we focus on a new era for Musica Viva and the revised fortunes of The Song Company. We also feature the 50 States of Music website, a wonderful advocacy tool for music in the USA which could serve as an aspirational model for Australian music advocacy.

Music Australia’s 2019 Contemporary Music Roundtable was successfully held 5 – 6 June in Sydney. The event was opened by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and included representatives from peak music industry bodies, including 11 interstate delegates. Outcomes from the meeting include initiatives to encourage greater gender equality in the music industry, and initiatives that will assist with industry advocacy and communicating the value of both the Australian music industry and music education. To help share more widely what was discussed at our Roundtable, presentation slides and audio recordings are now available for download here.

Music Australia lodged submissions last week to both the Inquiry into Sydney’s Night Time Economy and the Inquiry into Music Festival Licensing Regulations. Music Australia is joining other organisations such as the Night Time Industries Association, City of Sydney, Live Music Office and the Australian Festival Association to call for positive change. In our submissions we focused on key problems with both regulatory interventions we believe need to be addressed.

Lastly, a reminder that nominations are now open for the Australian Women in Music Awards, get your votes in!

Remember you can keep up to date with Music Australia by following us on Twitter and Facebook.



Paul Saintilan
CEO, Music Australia





New Website Reveals The Music Industry's Cultural & Economic Impact on Every U.S. State

A collective of U.S music groups have launched an interactive website which highlights the music industry’s massive $143 billion value to American economy, including 2 million jobs supported, notable musicians, labels, songwriters in each state and more. Full story





Successful Contemporary Music Roundtable Kicks Goals for Popular Music

Music Australia presented its fourth Contemporary Music Roundtable conference at Erskineville Town Hall on 5 – 6 June. Supported by our Government Partner City of Sydney, the event brought peak music and government bodies together to strengthen Australia’s contemporary music industry. Full story



Call For Composers To Be More Respectful In Using Aspects Of Indigenous Music

Indigenous composer and performer Christopher Sainsbury has written a position paper in which he calls for a new level of respect and cultural awareness from non-Indigenous composers in using elements of Indigenous music. He also advocates mandatory training in this area. Full story



The Song Company Is Back In Business

The Song Company has announced that it is resuming business following an influx of support from private donors, Create NSW and the Australia Council. This follows an announcement by its board in May that it was entering administration. Full story



Paul Kildea Is Musica Viva’s New Artistic Director

As Musica Viva’s incoming Artistic Director, Paul Kildea says he intends to grow the organisation’s concert program in types of music and artists. His appointment follows those of Hywel Sims as CEO and Anne Frankenberg as Deputy CEO last year. Full story





MCUI 2019 Song Recorded At Sony Studios

Award-winning producer (and Music: Count Us In Ambassador) John Foreman OAM led the 2019 Recording Day in collaboration with leading professional musicians Gordon Rytmeister (drum mentor), Mark Costa (bass mentor), Rex Goh (guitar mentor) and Virna Sanzone (vocal mentor). Full story




Indigenous Music Teachers To Be Recognised In New Award

The annual Indigenous Teacher Award, created by the Australian Society for Music Education, seeks to recognise the contribution made by Indigenous music teachers in First Nation community settings. The first recipient will be announced at ASME’s conference in Perth in October. Full story




Music Education Funds For SA Primary Schools And Preschools

Funds of over $500,000 are being made available to South Australian primary schools and preschools to develop music education in that State. The announcement comes as part of the SA Government’s $7 million Music Education Strategy launched last November. Full story




How Music Can Transform The Lives Of Refugees

The Sydney-based organisation Music for Refugees and Melbourne’s RISE Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees are two organisations that serve the needs of refugees with a range of music programs. We look at both organisations and what they offer. 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


Upcoming Awards and Competitions:

Australian Women in Music Awards
Nominations close 23 July
Following a successful inaugural event in 2018, the awards will further shine a spotlight on women working within the music industry. Shining a light on the extraordinary achievements of women in music is a way we can encourage more talented women into the industry, both up front and behind the scenes.

National Indigenous Music Awards

10 August, Darwin
The NIMAs are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous Music Awards and have been celebrating Australian music for 16 years. 

Archbishop’s Prize for New Composers

Applications close 30 September
This competition encourages a musical culture in Australia by providing a platform for new composers to have their work performed. They are asked to set a given poem by Les Murray to music. 


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

Kinder Kulture

1 July - 30 October, Albury  
Kinder Kulture sets out to deliver educational workshops to local pre-schools to share stories about Indigenous culture in creative, fun and interactive ways.  The workshops are delivered by local Aboriginal artists, and developed to give children a better understanding of Aboriginal culture and to celebrate NAIDOC Week achievements. 

Sounds of the Kimberley

Register Interest by 12 July
West Australian Music is excited to announce this recording project set to uncover and capture the rich tapestry of song and songwriters in the Kimberley region. This project forms the second of nine new regional recording projects, intent on recording up to 90 regional artists, spanning WA’s nine regions across the next three years. WAM is on the lookout for the Kimberley songwriters, acts/bands and studio sound engineers of any level, age and genre to register their interest.


Conferences & Festivals


Applications closing soon for these Festival and Conference Opportunities:



Applications close 15 July
WAMFest is back for 2019 and is once again packed with HUGE value showcasing opportunities for West Australian artists! Last year over 300 artists performed to more than 40,000 punters and music industry delegates from all over the world.

Arts Activated Conference

22 – 23 August, Sydney
Over 250 artists, art workers, disability advocates, researchers, policymakers and industry experts will come together to share and explore ideas and approaches for fast tracking accessibility for artists and audiences with disabilities. 




Applications closing soon for these Funding opportunities:

Clip It!

Register interest by 12 July
Funded by the South Australian Government Clip It! aims to assist Media Resource Centre (MRC) members to develop and produce a music clip for local Music SA musicians in a way that furthers both the musicians and the filmmakers’ careers. Up to 5 music clips will be supported with cash budgets.

Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups

Applications close 1 October
For individual artists, arts workers or groups of artists, this grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Vivid Music, Curator 2020 & 2021

Applications close 15 July
Destination NSW is seeking applications and itemised quotations for the provision of Curator, Vivid Music services for Vivid Sydney 2020 and 2021.

Pembroke School, Head of Music
Applications close 18 July

Applications are invited from experienced educators with demonstrable leadership skills who are currently registered (or eligible for registration) with the Teacher’s Registration Board of South Australia.


Collaborating with Regional Communities: Guidelines and Tools For Regional Arts and Cultural Engagement

Regional Arts Australia has published a mix of practical tips, case studies and advice to assist people working in the arts sector, both those in regional communities and those looking to work in and with regional communities.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

6 July, Parramatta
I.C.E.HAUS is a live music initiative, presented by Information + Cultural Exchange in Parramatta. Featuring emerging Western Sydney independent bands and musicians from a range of music genres, the program is tailored for underrepresented young Western Sydney artists and audiences.

SIMA Jazz:NOW Winter Season
6 July – 31 August, Sydney
Sydney Improvised Music Association have created countless unforgettable performances, abundant in creativity, ideas and excitement. Don’t miss their Jazz:NOW Winter Season, featuring an exciting mix of talented artists. Win a double pass by heading here.

Sonus Tour Finale
9 July, Fremantle
The Sonus Finale celebrates three weeks of touring through the Kimberley by a unique collaboration of four of Australia’s finest musicians, Naomi Pigram (vocals and guitar), Mark Atkins (didgeridoo and vocals), Judith Hamann (cello) and Aviva Endean (clarinet).

Musica Viva presents The Choir of King’s College
20 July – 6 August, National Tour
Experience the distinctively pure tone of the world’s most famous choir with a refined program showcasing pieces from the Renaissance to the present day. Save 10% off tickets with the code KINGS10 when booking performances online.


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