Welcome to our March e-news edition.


First and most importantly, during this chaotic and daunting time for us all, I encourage you to connect with services that provide mental health support, such as Support Act’s Wellbeing Helpline. Entertainment Assist is calling for free mental health services for all Australian entertainment industry workers, and in the meantime you can register for a free series of mental health and well-being seminars by heading here. We have also listed additional resources below.


Our Australian music community is resilient and we will pull through this together. I know this because I have already witnessed such incredible generosity and resourcefulness within our community and it is truly inspiring what we can achieve when we unify and collaborate in times of adversity and crisis.


In this edition we assess the impact of the global pandemic on the music sector, explore a new hub for Aboriginal cultural studies, chat to Resound’s Rachel Hocking about their instrument drive for bushfire affected regions, plus we celebrate the achievements of First Nations artists at this year’s Queensland Music Awards.


We may postpone our next issue due to the evolving implications of COVID-19 but our intention after that is for the e-news to continue monthly throughout the year. If you have opportunities coming up that you would like us to promote in future editions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us - we’re here to help.


In other news, today is my final day at Music Australia. After four years of working on the Contemporary Music Roundtable, our national education program Music: Count Us In, membership, advertising and pulling together this very e-news every month, I am moving on to explore new projects within the arts sector. It’s been an absolute pleasure being able to help you share your stories, projects and opportunities every month.

Stay safe. 



Scarlett Di Maio 
Program Manager, Music Australia





International Music Industry On The Brink

While this is evolving so rapidly that anything we state will become out of date very quickly, there is a consensus that without support, musicians, music industry workers and music organisations would be amongst the hardest hit economically by the Coronavirus pandemic. Full story





How Coronavirus Is Impacting The Classical Sector

The impact of the coronavirus has already hit the classical sector with cancellation of concerts and closure of venues and festivals. The financial impact is devastating, but webcasting is seen as a viable way of keeping the concert scene alive. Full story



Ensemble Offspring and Barrie Kosky are winners in Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards

The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards have gone this year to Ensemble Offspring for Group Award and to theatre and opera director Barrie Kosky for Individual Award. Recipient of the Facilitator’s Prize was ArtsHub’s arts editor, Richard Watts. Full story



William Cooper Institute: New Hub For Aboriginal Cultural Studies Including Music

Monash University’s newly opened William Cooper Institute is an important new hub for research and teaching in Indigenous Australian cultural studies. Within it is an Indigenous Study Centre that conducts research into, among other areas, Indigenous contemporary music. Full story





Catching Up With 2014 MCUI Songwriter Angus Gill

As the winners of the Music: Count Us In 2020 songwriting competition are announced, we take a few minutes to catch up with rising star Angus Gill, who joined our songwriting team back in 2014. Full story




Music Teacher Appreciation Day: A Good Idea?

A Music Teacher Appreciation Day is held each year in the small city of Sedalia, Missouri, in the US. Celebrating the efforts of community-based music teachers, it could serve as a model for adoption in other countries including Australia. Full story




Music Teachers Have An Option: Their Mobile Phone

Many private music teachers will be anxious about what lies ahead due to the coronavirus. Introducing appropriate hygiene measures is of course important, but shifting to online lessons may be the answer. We outline how simply it can be done. Full story




First Nation Winners At Queensland Music Awards

First Nations artists were heavily represented in this year’s Queensland Music Awards, with Thursday Island hip-hop artist Mau Power receiving the Indigenous Award and singer-songwriter Thelma Plum wining Album of the Year. Busby Marou and Miiesha were other category winners. Full story



Pitching In To Help Musicians In Need

A volunteer charity program called Resound is providing musicians and music students with replacement instruments following the summer bushfires around Australia. We speak with Rachel Hocking, its organiser, to see how it is going. More instruments are still needed. Full story




Need Insurance?

Looking for insurance? We recommend contacting Marsh Insurance, the official ‘Principal Risk Partner’ of Music Australia. The specialist entertainment industry team at Marsh have in excess of 60+ years’ experience working with the music and broader entertainment industry. When it comes to choosing the right cover, choose the people who know entertainment. For more information head here. Music Australia Members receive a discount on insurance purchased through Marsh. The discount amount will vary depending on the type of insurance applied for, Marsh will advise you directly. 




Here are some resources you may find helpful during this time:


I Lost My Gig

Anyone in the music community who has been impacted by COVID-19 is encouraged to complete this survey. 

The Sound of Silence 

A new campaign encouraging donations for Support Act, a music charity assisting those struggling financially throughout this crisis. 

MusicNT Support

If you are live streaming or offering virtual concerts, MusicNT is encouraging you to promote them through the Darwin Music Scene and Alice Springs Music Scene groups on Facebook. MusicNT are also networking with community groups around opportunities for collaborative events.

Murray Arts NSW & VIC Creative Industries Bushfire Impact Survey
If you are professional artist, a creative business, museum, gallery or collective living or operating in the Murray Arts footprint, Towong Shire Council, Greater Hume Council, Indigo Shire Council, City of Wodonga, AlburyCity and Federation Council and have suffered direct impact from the bushfires, do this survey!




Key Supporters 

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