There have been some welcome developments on the Coronavirus front since our last eNews, with restrictions easing, and initiatives launching such as Great Southern Nights. At the time of publication the music sector is digesting the implications of the just announced $250 million support package for the creative economy.

Music Australia has just published its 2019 Annual Report, which can be downloaded here, which shows the delivery of strong project outcomes within budget, across both our music in schools program and industry community building.
Articles in this edition include:

  • Music Australia’s book Musicians & Addiction: Research and Recovery Stories has been published, at a time of enormous vulnerability for musicians;
  • A ground-breaking study has been published into the working lives of Australian musicians entitled Making Music Work;
  • Jail Guitar Doors has launched in Australia, which is a rehabilitation program for prisoners that focuses on song writing;
  • We have launched the 2020 Music: Count Us In program songYou Won’t Bring Us Down, inspired by recent events;
  • Gondwana Choirs has offered free webinars and short courses during the lockdown period as part of its initiatives to keep choral singing alive for both choristers and the wider community;
  • We focus on how a large music institution (the Australian Institute of Music) has transitioned online, including their virtual Open Day;
  • To help keep students, parents and teachers connected, the AMEB has made its series of webinars Break The Isolation, available for free on-demand viewing. It has also made its highly popular Online Theory Courses available for free until June 30;
  • Orchestras around Australia are facing extraordinary difficulties and challenges at the present time. We examine the current situation and what lies ahead as orchestras in Australia consider their future in a post-COVID-19 world.

Also, note that Support Act is yet to burn through the $10 million it received from the government, and is still accepting applications for crisis relief at
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All the best,
Paul Saintilan 
CEO, Music Australia







Music Australia Announces the Publication of Musicians & Addiction: Research and Recovery Stories 

Music Australia’s book Musicians & Addiction: Research and Recovery Stories is now published and available for purchase as a paperback or eBook. There is a growing international consensus that we are facing a mental health crisis among musicians, and addiction is a critical dimension of this problem. This book provides a unique, multi-faceted overview of the topic, and brings the life and death nature of the challenge vividly to life.  Full story





Many safety issues before orchestras can return to concert giving

Orchestras around Australia are facing extraordinary difficulties and challenges at the present time. Kate Lidbetter, CEO of Symphony Services International, explains the situation and what lies ahead as orchestras in Australia consider their future in a post-COVID-19 world.  Full story



Classical musicians turn to issuing recordings during the shutdown

While music organisations face this lull period brought on by the COVID-19 epidemic, attention has been increasingly turning towards issuing recordings from their archives. Three examples that we look at are the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian String Quartet and Opera Australia.
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Making Music Work: How Do Australian Musicians Create and Sustain Their Careers?

Last week the results of a ground-breaking Australia Research Council Linkage study into the working lives of Australian musicians were released. The study shows that the vast majority of Australian musicians undertake a portfolio career which encompasses concurrent, overlapping and often impermanent roles. Full story





‘You Won’t Bring Us Down’ - MCUI 2020 Song Encourages Young People to Stand Together

The Music: Count Us In 2020 song ‘You Won’t Bring Us Down’ draws on themes of young people standing up for what they believe in, inspired by climate change and the recent Australian bushfires.
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Australian Institute of Music sees online teaching as a new frontier

The Australian Institute of Music is holding a virtual Open Day Online on 25 July and has shifted all its Short Courses online. We talk to AIM’s new CEO, Greg Clarke, on these initiatives and his future visions for the institution. Full story 



AMEB sees spectacular rise in online usage

To help keep students, parents and teachers connected, AMEB has made its series of webinars, Break The Isolation, available for free on-demand viewing. It has also made its highly popular Online Theory Courses available for free until June 30. Full story





Jail Guitar Doors launches in Australia

With the sprouting up of many internet-based choirs in recent months, Australia has embraced the idea of virtual choirs with gusto. Queensland’s Pub Coach Choir is a striking example, but there are many others working at a community level. Full story



Choral Solutions Under COVID-19: Gondwana Choirs

Gondwana Choirs has offered free webinars and eight-week courses during the lockdown period as part of its initiatives to keep choral singing alive for both choristers and the wider community. We speak to the organisation’s founder and artistic director, Lyn Williams OAM.
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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 Award Presentations, Competitions and Submissions:

National Campus Music
Applications close 31 October
The National Campus Music Competition (previously known as the National Campus Band Competition) is an annual Australian music competition specifically for tertiary students.

Vanda & Young Worldwide Songwriting Competition
Entries extended 29 October
With the impact of COVID-19 affecting the livelihoods of music creators worldwide, organisers of the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition are extending the entry period and awarding an additional ten runner-up cash prizes of $1,000.

AMP: Australian Music Prize
Entires open for the Australian Music Prize for Australian recording artists.


First Sounds Volume Three

Call out for submissions – First Sounds Volume Three. First Sounds is a unique initiative from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and First Nations Media Australia (FNMA), bringing new and emerging First Nations music to radio airwaves with a series of music compilations curated by FNMA’s indigiTUBE with a select panel of First Nations individuals.


Strike A Chord

Applications close 27 August
The search for Australia’s best young ensembles has begun! Whether you play the violin, classical guitar, marimba or sing Musica Viva is looking for secondary students to enter Strike A Chord.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Workshops just around the corner:

Workshops and Facilitating Online
How can we produce and deliver engaging and effective online workshops? How do we translate our facilitation techniques online and what new methods can we use? 

Summit: Reimagining Musical Training
17 and 20 July

How should training programs change to best prepare musicians for 21st century realities and values?This Summit brings together music educators and the classical music industry to imagine ways in which musicians can be trained as engaged, relevant citizens with sustainable career paths. 

Time Management for Creatives
21 July 
This workshop answers the age-old question – how are we supposed to find the time to run a creative career, and have a life as well? 

AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) webinars
An ongoing series of webinars, called Break The Isolation.  With 8 episodes already released, they feature interviews with musicians, teachers and other experts in their field and cover topics such as strategies for teaching online, teaching speech and drama, and wellbeing and connection in social isolation. After their initial live screening they are recorded and offered as free resources on YouTube and Facebook to help the AMEB community stay connected.


Conferences & Festivals


 Festival and Conference Opportunities:

Campfire Stories
1 July 

Campfire Stories is a new initiative from Artemis Munoz, Teddy Darling, and Oliver Ross, the team behind the Trans Pride Livestreamed Solidarity Cabaret (31 March 2020). It’s a monthly livestreamed open mic for anyone in or supportive of the queer community.





Funding opportunities:

Crisis Relief Grants: COVID-19
With funding support from the Australian Government, Support Act has expanded its services to offer Crisis Relief to music industry professionals impacted by COVID-19.

Melbourne Fringe Festival, Common Rooms Cash
Common Rooms Cash is a program designed to help artists make their shows and gigs financially viable while taking COVID-19 restrictions into account. We're supporting one-off shows and gigs that can take place between August and October 2020 with free venue hire and up to $1000 of cold hard cash.

Research and Development Space for Creatives
Blacktown Arts Performance Studio available to independent artists or companies undertaking creative development, research or writing for the development of new performance or film projects.

Creative Kids Online
Applications close 30 June
An opportunity from Create NSW to apply for up to $5000 to adapt your Creative Kids programs for online delivery.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:


Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, CEO

The Board are now seeking a new CEO to lead The Con into the future and build on the impressive reputation and sound operating performance. 

I.C.E, Producer, First Nations program
Leading Western Sydney arts organisation Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) wishes to employ a dynamic cultural producer to lead their First Nations Program.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Executive Manager Community Engagement
Applications close 28 June
If you have a passion for music education, a love of classical music and building lasting and meaningful relationships, this is your next career step.

Opera Queensland, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Opera Queensland is looking for a Digital & Content Coordinate to support our Marketing and Sales team.


I Lost My Gig
I Lost My Gig want to know how your work has been affected over this period. They are also are collecting and sharing the stories behind the numbers; the individual hardships that together paint a picture of a community in crisis. 





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

Jazz:NOW Wired - The Fabulous Botting Flower + bonus footage
18 July
Sydney Improvised Music Association
Jazz:NOW has rebooted to connect artists and audiences at a time when it's needed most.

Platform LIVE
27 June
An online festival featuring some Australia's boldest, funniest, creative, and provocative Deaf and disabled artists and performers. This event will be supported by audio description, closed captions and Auslan.

Make it Up Club 

The Make It Up Club is committed to nurturing, presenting and promoting avant-garde improvised music and sound performance of the highest conceptual and performative standards, regardless of idiom, genre, or instrumentation.


Key Supporters 

  • The Australian Government through the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). 
  • City of Sydney
  • Create NSW
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