In light of our grumbling about Sydney's declining live music scene, City of Sydney's Live Music and Performance Action Plan update and funding announcement is most refreshing. 

At a state level we turn our attention to great live music work in South Australia, after previously praising Victoria's development. 

Let's also praise silence, often music's best friend, with a neat classroom example.   And we love Uni of Tasmania's community music program - could it work for you?

We're worried that global artistic freedom may be on the wane - more vital now than ever. 

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Art Under Threat in 2016 – A Worrying Increase in Attacks on Artists

International agency Freemuse’s latest report shows a concerning global trend of artistic freedom coming under increased threat. Attacks on artists and violation of their rights have doubled, with music most affected. Full story



Our First 100 Days

We take a look at a US campaign which is releasing a new song each day over the course of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in the White House. The plan is to create 100 songs “that inspire progress and benefit a cause for change”. Full story





What is the Gender Balance in Australia's Orchestras?

Seven of the 15 winners in the recently announced Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Fellowship scheme are female, including all the brass players. It promises to help overcome a serious imbalance in Australia’s orchestras in which brass players tend to be male. Full story



Adelaide Festival Seeks to Recapture its Glory Days

One of the features that made the Adelaide Festival of Arts stand out in former years was its programming of major contemporary operas. Opera makes a comeback this year, albeit by way of the Baroque, with a staged version of Handel’s SaulFull story



SA Leads the Way with Game-Changing, Pro-Live Music Laws and Initiatives

South Australia’s live music venues are benefiting from a slashing of red tape and a series of supportive initiatives. Full story



Revitalising Sydney’s live music scene – City reports on Action Plan

City of Sydney has announced new dedicated live music funding along with a progress report on its Live Music and Performance Action Plan. Full story



Opera House Just One of Many Music Venues Struggling With Regulations

The ionic venue Sydney Opera House faces a $15,000 noise fine for a 2015 concert. Full story



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Another Study Points to How Learning Music Can Help Children Academically

While the ‘Mozart Effect’ has largely been debunked by psychologists and musicologists, a new pilot study published in the British Journal of Music Education is showing that secondary school children who learn a musical instrument are performing better academically. Full story


Mindfulness in the Music Room

Just as mindfulness helps shape a positive mental state, appreciating and practicing silence in the music room can help teachers and students prepare for music making. Full story




A Look Inside Tasmania Uni’s 32-year-old Community Music Program

Every week, 200 musicians aged 12-65+ play music across six ensembles in one of Australia's most enduring community music programs. 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:

Gold Coast Music Awards

Nominations close 10 March
Nominations for the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards are now open the Gold Coast Music Awards shines a spotlight on the exceptional talent from the city.

Yamaha $100,000 Giveaway

Applications close 13 March
Yamaha Music Australia is choosing one school that needs a helping hand in getting a band program off the ground by providing them with a school-changing giveaway and launch concert with Guy Sebastian.

Australian Jazz Bell Awards

Applications close 15 March 
The Australian Jazz Bell Awards recognise and encourage excellence in the performance, creativity, recording and presentation of jazz in Australia. In honour of one of the greats of Australian jazz - Graeme Bell, MBE, AO.



Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

I Manage My Music Workshop

4 March, Melbourne
A day long workshop intensive for musicians serious about making music in Australia today.

Young Warriors Making Music Live 2017

Applications close 16 March
Young Warriors is a program with the aim of getting young people involved 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.

Arts Sponsorship Masterclass with Nicole Newman     

20-31 March, National
Creative Partnerships Australia are inviting  arts workers to join them for a masterclass with UK Arts Fundraising and Sponsorship Consultant Nicole Newman.


Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Sydney Eisteddfod

Applications close 13 March
Entries are now open for one of the largest and most successful competitive performing arts festivals in Australia, which aims to support emerging and young musical talent.

Women in the Creative Arts

Call for Papers deadline 20 March
The School of Music at the Australian National University (ANU), announces a call for papers and submissions for an innovative research conference on “Women in the Creative Arts.” Taking place 10 – 12 August at ANU. Papers and proposals are invited from scholars and creative arts practitioners.  

Emergence Creative Festival

29 March - 1 April
This four day festival held in the Margaret River in WA will bring together creatives from a wide range of areas. Along with live music, it will also feature international keynotes and interactive workshops. 

Melbourne International Singers Festival

8-12 June, Melbourne
Now celebrating its 8th year, the Melbourne International Singers Festival showcases world renowned artists, performers and educators in the magnificent venues in Melbourne's art precinct.


Australian Society for Music Education XXI National Conference

15- 17 July, Melbourne
The theme for the ASME XXI National Conference is Uniting Voices, which seeks to embrace and celebrate music education across the vast array of institutions. Call for papers have been extended to 8 March.





Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


Western Sydney Making Spaces Initiative

Applications close 6 March
The Western Sydney Making Spaces Initiative will provide funding to enable professional artists and arts organisations to create their work in new studios, artists’ residencies and rehearsal spaces in Western Sydney.

Arts and Cultural Infrastructure Grants

Applications close 10 March
The focus of the 2017 round is on the development and enhancement of arts and cultural facilities. Liquor & Gaming NSW is inviting applications for projects that support communities across NSW to increase participation in arts and culture and drive cultural tourism.

Cross-Pollination, An Audience Development Initiative

EOI’s Close 13 March
The Australia Council for the Arts is inviting expressions of interest to participate in Cross-Pollination, a two week audience development skills exchange. This program will give participants an opportunity to see how other organisations and art forms work to attract and retain audiences in situ.

Australia House Japan Residency

Applications close 15 March
Australia House is calling for participants for their residency program. Visual artists, performance artists, writers, researchers, art educators and people of all art forms are encouraged to apply. 





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



ABC, Digital Media Coordinator

Applications close 2 March
ABC is looking for someone to coordinate their marketing and media campaigns and promote the full range of ABC content, product & services, across TV, radio and online, to new and existing audiences.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Education Support Officer

Applications close 5 March
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is seeking to appoint an Education Support Officer to join the team.

MusicNSW, Marketing Coordinator

Applications close 6 March
Peak state body MusicNSW is looking for a new marketing coordinator to manage the development and implementation of their marketing strategy. This is a part time role based in Sydney.  

Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Director of Sales and Marketing

Applications close 6 March
Queensland’s largest performing arts company is looking for someone who has demonstrated success in leading a senior sales and marketing team.

Gondwana Choirs, Marketing Manager
Applications close 13 March
An exciting opportunity is now open for an experienced Arts Marketer to join the dynamic team at Gondwana Choirs.



Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tutti 1st Violin

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

QSO, Casual Musicians

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra supplements full-time players from a pool of casual musicians. Musicians seeking casual work with Queensland Symphony Orchestra are invited to apply by forwarding a covering letter and a copy of a current resume.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Camerata – Classique

3 March, Brisbane
Classique, brings Camerata together with Australian violinist Jane Peters, in a program that shimmers with classical elegance and refined romanticism.

Summer Hill Folk Festival

4 March, Sydney
A day of folk and acoustic popular music in the historic Summer Hill Church featuring eleven bands, market stalls and Irish dancing!

White Night, Ballart
4 March, Melbourne
White Night Ballarat is the first regional White Night, following the success the White Night Melbourne events. White Night is Australia’s contribution to the internationally renowned phenomenon of Nuit Blanche, where cities around the world transform into all-night galleries.

European Favourites

5 March, Moggill, QLD
Come and share in an intimate performance of European favourites including Schumann, Debussy & Kodaly by internationally acclaimed Concert Pianist Gilbert De Greeve.

Arc Electric, Ensemble Offspring

8 March, Melbourne
In 2017, Ensemble Offspring is performing music composed exclusively by women. To celebrate International Women’s Day, the country’s leading new music exponents present a dazzling showcase of curious, bold and brilliant compositions by female composers from around the world.

In Conversation With Martha Wainwright
12 March, Sydney
Singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright will take a break from her Australian tour to participate in this in-depth session with James Valentine in the Opera House Studio as part of the Sydney Opera House’s year-round Talks and Ideas program.


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