Sad news, the inestimable Carol Lloyd is no longer with us, a trailblazer and inspiration to many - as Katie Noonan says: "Carol is like the mother figure of the Brisbane and Queensland music scene," rest well.

One of the neatest parts of our Music: Count Us In school music program is writing the song. Talented young songwriters get to work with the best - apply now!

Victoria is on a role: from backing live music professionals, to important work addressing sexual harassment and mental health in the arts – tremendous!
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Music and Trump

Music clearly wasn’t in for a smooth ride when it became clear no one wanted to play at President Trump’s inauguration. We survey the story for music so far. Full story





Yet another funding cut to the Australia Council

Our national arts funding body has suffered another blow with a further budget cut to add to those already received. The bad news was quietly released in the latest federal budget update. Full story



Music Victoria Launches Live Music Professionals Program

The program aims to secure the long-term future of Victoria’s live music industry. Open to independent promoters, venue owners, managers. Full story



Early Intervention For Arts-Related Depression

The program is a response to a study that found 25% of Australia’s performing artists have considered or contemplated suicide. Full story



Victorian Opera and CutCommon Nominated for International Classical:NEXT Award

The 2017 iteration of Classical:NEXT, to be held in Rotterdam in May, will judge the world’s most innovative contributors to classical music. Two Australian nominees are Victorian Opera and the new online magazine CutCommon – we briefly profile both. Full story



New Book Tackles the Classical Music Industry

Soon to be released is a major new book, The Classical Music Industry, from Routledge. Edited by Christopher Dromey and Julia Haferkorn, it addresses management, marketing, audience development, education, policy-making and survival of the classical sector through the digital era. Full story



Are you a musician or music industry professional travelling around Australia? Book your next tour or conference ticket after joining Music Australia. Our members gain access to Virgin Australia’s discount baggage allowances! We also offer 25% discount on our advertising rates, discounts to industry events, 20% off Ukulele Song School products, 20% off tunes at SongLibrary, and lots more.Sign up today!



Yamaha Music Australia Announce $100.000 School Giveaway

Yamaha Music Australia has a track record of encouraging children’s development through playing musical instruments, set to continue as they launch a new $100,000 giveaway competition for Australian schools. Full story




A Songwriting Experience Like No Other!

Music: Count Us In offers selected student songwriters a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hone their skills, work with Australia’s best songwriters and have their work performed by over half a million people. 1 week left to get involved. Full story


ANU School of Music to Build Music Technology Under New Head

Kenneth Lampl has been appointed the new Head of ANU’s School of Music. On staff since 2016 as a lecturer in composition, he says he intends to build the School in the areas of multimedia composition, electronic music and audio engineering. Full story


Landmark New Book on Popular Music Education

A new textbook, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education, has just appeared and looks to be the first major publication devoted to this field. It is written by an international field of 60 authors, 10 of whom are Australian. Full Story





Vic Govt To Fund Sexual Harassment Program In Venues

The pilot program will involve education of staff and security in nine venues over six to twelve months. Full Story


Young Warriors Making Music Live Program for the Gold Coast

The Young Warriors recreational Making Music Live program on the Gold Coast is now open and kicks off from 18 March. 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:

The International Cochran Piano Competition

Applications close 15 February
This unique opportunity for young professionals to share their ideas and passion for piano music has been extended due to popular demand. Be quick though, applications close at COB today!

The QUBE Effect

Applications close 19 February
The QUBE Effect is back for 2017, providing online and live promotional opportunities for emerging Brisbane musicians. The competition is open to all genres and groups of all sizes with the majority of members aged 12-25 years.


John Fries Award

Applications close 24 February 
Entries are open for the 8th annual John Fries Award for early-career artists from Australia and New Zealand, which provides $10,000 in prize money for the winning artist and $1,000 for each award finalist.

James Morrison Jazz Scholarship

Applications close 1 March
The James Morrison Jazz Scholarship is open to solo instrumentalists to further their  jazz career The winner will receive $10,000 to assist in the development of their career.

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.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

Connect Sydney: Grant Submission Training

24 February. Sydney
Connect Sydney is an initiative by the City of Sydney which aims to build the capacity of community organisations through the provision of free grant writing training.

Ballarat Cabaret Artist Expressions of Interest

EOI's close 26 February
Ballarat Cabaret will return from October 5 - 8, 2017 and they are looking for the best of Australian Cabaret!

Geelong - A Music City Panel Discussion            

7 March, Melboourne
This two part panel will delve into the musical history of Victoria’s second biggest city and part two will see APRA AMCOS and Music Victoria offering a unique opportunity to gain insight from the Geelong’s scene’s current creative.

Live Music Professionals  Program

Applications close 31 March
Live Music Professionals is a new program targeting independent promoters and venues.  The program aims to help individuals in the Victorian music community build sustainable live music businesses. 



Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Meter Symposium 2

24-25 February, Sydney
This symposium aims to encourage development of contemporary thought, knowledge and teaching on meter.

Arts Access Australia and the Perth International Arts Festival Present: Meeting Place

1-2 March, Perth
Meeting Place will be co-hosted by PIAF and AAA, the peak national body for arts and disability. It will provide a platform for learning, discussion and debate on issues impacting artists, arts workers and arts leaders with disability and those with an interest in the arts and disability sector.

Music by Women Festival

3-4 March, Mississippi, USA
The festival will include papers, presentations, workshops, panels, lecture recitals, and performances all relating to the subject of music composed, taught and performed by women.

A Rock and Roll Writer’s Festival

1-2 July, 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:


NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Applications close 20 February
15 scholarships are now available for young regional artists and cultural workers who wish to pursue professional development opportunities. Scholarships are worth up to $10,000 and include a networking program taking place late next year.

Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century - Orchestra Musicians Residency

Applications close 22 February, Canada
Open Space is a one-of-a-kind performance-based collaborative training experience for emerging opera professionals that truly challenges the conventions of opera performance, production, and design.

ANAT Synapse Residency Program

Applications close 27 February
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is calling for applications from artists and scientists/researchers for the prestigious Synapse Residency program. The residencies are open to Australian artists working in any discipline and/or medium.

The Tasmanian Residencies Program

Applications close 1 March
The Tasmanian Residencies program supports individual artists, partnerships and collaborations working in any artform to undertake residencies at a variety of locations across Tasmania.

Blacktown City Council Creative Arts Fund

Applications close 6 March
Applications are now open for Blacktown City Council Creative Arts Fund. A total of $40,000 worth of grants will be awarded to local individuals and organisations.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



University in Western Sydney, Lecturer in Creative Music Therapy

Applications close 15 February
This is a part time a position for a Level B Lecturer from scholars with teaching and research strengths in creative music therapy.

2RP - Print Radio NSW, Station Manager

Applications close 17 February 
2RP - Print Radio NSW is looking for a multi-talented generalist, to coordinate and lead their team.

MusicNT, Bush Bands Bash Program Manager

Applications close 17 February
Music NT is seeking to appoint a Bush Bands Bash Program Manager. This role is responsible for the coordination of MusicNT’s Bush Bands Project. For more information and to request a position description, email

The Sydney Fringe Festival, Marketing Manager

Applications close 17 February
Newtown Entertainment Precinct Association (NEPA) wishes to engage a highly organised and energetic person as Marketing Manager for The Sydney Fringe Festival.

APRA AMCOS, Writer Services Representative

Application closes 20 February
This is a service based role supporting writer members of APRA AMCOS with aspects of their membership and royalty collection.

City Recital Hall, Development Manager

Application closes 20 February
An opportunity exists for a Head of Partnerships and Collaborations to join this team in a long term fixed term contract. You will be contributing to the social, economic and cultural value of the Performing Arts Collection and Australian Music Vault.



QSO, Principal First Violin and Section Musician First Violin

Application closes 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.

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Section Principal Clarinet

Application closes 26 April
The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is inviting Expressions of Interest from outstanding clarinettists for this appointed position available from mid-late 2017.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Steve Legg Fundraiser

17 February, Richmond
Yamaha Music Australia is running a fundraiser with raffles, a silent auction and live music performed by Cookin’ On 3 Burners, The Badloves, Jacobs Run.

Cheating, Lying, Stealing

17 February, Hobart
Mother’s Ruin is a 60 minute theatrical cabaret featuring our own Maeve Marsden, with music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, The Popes, The Pretenders and more.

MOST ii – An Experimental Noise Opera
18 – 24 February, Lismore, Brisbane, Marrickville, Wagga Wagga
Australian rock musician, singer-songwriter and author Dave Graney and The MistLY in concert with special guest Victoria Gaye.  

Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror

24 – 25 February, Adelaide
Australia’s largest free festival is coming up next month and their recently launched lineup is impressive - Drapht, Emma Louise, Daryl Braithwaite, The Smith Street Band, Archie Roach and Clairy Browne to name a few.

3MBS Mozart Marathon

26 February, Melbourne
The 3MBS Mozart Marathon is Australia’s largest classical chamber music event, the annual 3MBS music marathon is a highlight on the Melbourne musical calendar.

Oenosthesia: A Wine and Sound Experience
1 March, Sydney
Experience the fascinating transformations that occur when wine and sound combine at the inaugural Australian presentation of Jo Burzynska’s Oenosthesia, sound and wine project.


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