The Ten Tenors remarkable success gives pause for thought, popular and classical music can – and should - learn more from each other.

Womadelaide turns 25 the same year the term world music turns 30. We chart the history.

One thing that gets us going is cutting red tape for live music, read WA’s plans.

Had to chuckle when the UK claimed their live music census is a world first, already done here!

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UK Embarks on National Live Music Census

A stocktake of live music across the UK is underway with the country’s first live music census. It aims to provide a national picture of activity to strengthen the live music scene. Full story





Crossing the Classical Divide: The Ten Tenors

Returning from the US to commence their 20th Anniversary Tour around our capital cities, The Ten Tenors can be counted as Australia’s most characteristic and successful player in the difficult-to-demarcate classical crossover genre. We take a look at them. Full story



'World Music' Industry Category Turns 30, But Is It Still Appropriate?

The music industry started using the term 'world music' 30 years ago for marketing purposes, but has it now run its course? 
Full story



Share Your Views on Busking Within Sydney

City of Sydney has released a busking discussion paper and invites your comment. Full story



WA Premier Mark McGowan To Cut Red Tape For Live Music

The state can look forward to more micro-festivals and pop-ups. Full story



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Sydney Alexander Technique can help you with your music by equipping you with practical skills to improve your health, wellbeing and performance. If you would like to learn more, head along to their Discovery session at 6pm on Monday 27 March in St Leonards, Sydney. Move fast for one of the 5 spaces left for $20. Book here or email them to receive a waiver on the entry fee. 





Singing in Tune: It’s Really About Musical Exposure and Confidence

Children who are told they cannot sing in tune can be scarred for life in their confidence at music. Very few suffer from genuine tone-deafness, and for the rest it comes down to self-concept and early opportunities to participate in music. Full story


An Audience of Millions for Australia’s Young Composers

Artology’s Fanfare Competition gives young composers the opportunity to have their work heard by millions of audience members around Australia. Entries for the 2017 competition are due soon. Full story




New Community Hip-Hop Project Breaks Down Boundaries

People experiencing disadvantage are bonding over beats. 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 Competitions & Awards:

Medallion Concerto Competition

Nominations close 28 March
Medallion Concerto Competition is open to all nationalities and has no age limit. This competition is open to the following instrumentalists: voice, piano, strings, winds, brass, and percussion.

Love Live Music Competition

Applications close 31 March
The competition calls for filmmakers and musicians to collaborate on a 60 second film. The top ten finalists will be screened at the internationally accredited St Kilda Film Festival.

Churchill Fellowship Award

Applications close 28 April
Want to spend up to 8 weeks traveling the globe to investigate a topic you are passionate about, whilst gaining the international expertise you require to create or affect change for a better Australia? Applications are now open for this prestigious award.



Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

Young Warriors Making Music Live 2017
Applications close 16 March
Young Warriors is a program that involves young people recreationally in making music. It’s a ten-week program providing aspiring musicians aged 12-19 with the experience of rehearsing, playing in a band and performing in live gigs.

Cultural Development Planning Workshop in Albury

23 March, Albury
A cultural development workshop tailored for local government professionals. The workshop will address the common challenges that are often raised by local
government in cultural development staff positions.

CMVic Music Camp 2017 (Grantville)   

31 March - 2 April, Grantville, Melbourne
Bookings are now open for the CMVic Music Camp 2017 (Grantville). A family friendly event, with lots of great workshops and singing/playing opportunities for all ages and abilities.


Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Little Lev Piano Festival

Applications close 31 March
Applications are now open for the 2017 Little Lev Piano Festival, a new national program for outstanding pianists aged 10-15 years. Be challenged in a series of advanced masterclasses and performance opportunities.

Darwin Fringe Festival Call Out

Applications close 1 April
Darwin Fringe is a ten day, open-access arts festival held annually, created to support and celebrate independent and diverse artists in Darwin. They are now looking for musicians to perform at their next festival taking place 7-16 July.

A Rock and Roll Writer’s Festival

1 – 2 April, Brisbane
The Rock & Roll Writers Festival celebrates the creative relationship between writing and music. Fans of music and writing get up close and personal with the creators of stories and songs.





Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


Creativity Australia Seed Scholarships

Applications close 17 March
Scholarships are now available to those wishing to participate in Creative Australia’s With One Voice, a program which aims to build community wellbeing and prevent social isolation through music.

Merlyn Myer Music Commission

Applications close 20 March
Melbourne Recital Centre and the Merlyn Myer Fund are pleased to announce the second Merlyn Myer Music Commission. In 2017 the Merlyn Myer Music Commission will commission an Australian female composer to create a new musical work.

The Community Broadcasting Foundation Development & Operations Grants

Applications close 20 March
The Community Broadcasting Foundation Development and Operations grants aim to maintain, expand and/or strengthen the operations and broadcast capabilities of Australian community broadcasting stations through core support, support for development projects and support for necessary infrastructure.

Hilltop Hoods Initiative

Applications close 21 March
Emerging Australian hip hop and soul artists are invited to apply for the 2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative to help further their careers. Offering a grant of $10,000 to cover costs associated with manufacturing, promoting and distributing an album or EP.

Festivals Australia Funding Program

Applications close 24 March
Festivals Australia funds quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Activities can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.




Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



Sydney Opera House, Production Coordinator

Applications close 19 March
This position sees the successful applicant responsible for co-ordination of production services for events at Sydney Opera House including preparation, planning and implementation for a range of events.

ACO, Ticketing Sales and Operations Manager

Applications close 24 March
The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) is seeking to appoint a Ticketing Sales and Operations Manager.

FCAC, Creative Producer, Creative and Industry Initiatives
Applications close 24 March
The Creative Producer, Creative and Industry Initiatives, works as a key member of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s (FCAC) programming team to accomplish the organisation’s artistic vision and support FCAC’s leadership position in the field of contemporary arts and community engagement.

NECOM, Director

Applications close 27 March

New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) is seeking to appoint a Director. This is a rare opportunity for an experienced professional seeking to lead and grow a high profile regional Conservatorium and bring their passion for delivery of quality, innovative music programs to regional communities.



QSO, Principal First Violin and Section Musician First Violin

Applications close 27 March
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is holding auditions for Principal first Violin and Section Musician First Violin. Auditions for both positions will be held 10 April 2017.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tutti 1st Violin

Applications close 3 April
Sydney Symphony Orchestra is hold auditions in May for Tutti 1st Violin.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra – Tutti Viola and Section Principal Viola

Applications close 14 April
This position is open to candidates of all nationalities.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Clive Live

16 March, Sydney 
An evening of hilarity, chatter, life and music. All proceeds will go to the MAXed OUT Company candidates for Moorambilla Voices.

The Wood and Wire Quartet

17 March, Brisbane
‘Wood and Wire’ return to the Brisbane Jazz Club for a night of original music with Special Guest – Elly Hoyt on vocals. 

Freedman New Jazz Series: The Three Seas 

18 March, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
The Three Seas combines elements of Indian folk music with a western style of song form and production in a band of performers from India and Australia.

Steel City Strings - Celebration of Youth

18 March, Wollongong Town Hall, NSW
Steel City Strings presents a spectacular concert joined by BlueScope Youth Orchestra.

Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges (USA) + Colin Jones
18 March, Leadbelly Newtown, Sydney
Eugene Hideaway Bridges hailing from Texas is teaming up with support from local Bluesman Colin Jones & The Delta Revue for an amazing night of music.

Sydney Drum and Percussion Show 
27 & 28 May, Rosehill Gardens
Drum and percussion fans - get excited about this showcase!  

Spooky Mens Chorale
National Tour, Various Locations 

Burdened by a vast, lovable incomprehension and dignified with cavernous vocal chords, The Spooky Men’s Chorale employ a devastating combination of beauty and stupidity to comment on the unsolvable paradoxes of being a man.


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