It’s great to be back, and here’s my tens cents worth on the best 2016 music.

UK artist Kennedy’s latest tour prompted us to ask where are the larrikins in Australian classical music? Could this galvanise classical music education?
Calling all high school teachers and students – enter our Music: Count Us In songwriting comp now – and mix with the best!
Want to support the campaign to save music on ABC radio? Here’s how to get involved.
Did you catch Brian Eno’s thoughtful reflections on the year that was and will be? Rolling Stone Reports.

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Best Music of 2016 – From Here and Across the Globe

Still relaxed enough to seek out new and wonderful sounds? Read our best of the best list – hundreds of songs, soundtracks, and albums - across multiple genres, celebrating the wonderful richness of the year in music – enjoy! Full story



So What Are the Musical Likes of Your (Least) Favourite Politician?

What politicians like and dislike in music is an interesting reflection of who they are. Graham Strahle takes an unusual, mostly lightheaded, look at the musical preferences of some of today’s world leaders and Australia’s politicians. There are some surprises! Full story



The World’s Newest and Most Spectacular Concert Hall

The Elbphilharmonie has just opened in Hamburg, Germany. Popularly nicknamed ‘The Elphie’, this new concert hall is one of the largest and most unusual concert halls in existence. Full story





Productivity Commission Flounders With IP Policy

The report into Intellectual Property, slipped out  under cover of Christmas, is not a pleasant read for Australia’s creative content sector. Critics have attacked its un-balanced recommendations. We explore why. Full story



New Music Licencing To Be Streamlined

Have you ever wanted to play a favourite piece of music at a special event, and then given up when the complexities of approvals overwhelmed you? Well those days will be over  in 2018 when One Music Australia is launched. Full story



Activists Plan National Day of Action to Save Music on ABC’s RN

A grass roots campaign to save ABC radio music programs has a national day of action this Friday 20 January. Read about this remarkable musician led campaign and how to get involved. Full Story



Does Classical Music Need More Aussie Larrikins?

In rock we had Bon Scott, while in folk music there’s Warren Fahey. But where are equivalent figures in classical music? We take a mostly light-hearted look at the larrikin image in Australian music and suggest there should be more of it. Full story



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AMPAL Update

Australasian Music Publishers' Association Limited (AMPAL) have announced board changes, including appointment of Heath Johns, Managing Director of BMG Australia. Music publisher Alberts have also been awarded AMPAL’s inaugural Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Publishing. Full Story.





Music Education: Has Finland Got It Right?

In a word – yes. Finland’s world-renowned education system with personalised learning and equal opportunity to learn for all consistently tops global education rankings. What does this means for music education and how it can be emulated here? Full story


Individuality and Joy Trumps Technique

Violin virtuoso and ‘bad boy’ of the classical world, Nigel Kennedy, is calling for a new approach to the development of classical performers. Ahead of his upcoming Australian tour, we explore Kennedy’s philosophy on training young musicians. Full Story





2017’s Top Community Music Festivals To Attend

These music events are packed with opportunities for participation – from workshops to impromptu performances. 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.

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Competitions & Awards


Applications closing soon for these Competitions & Awards:

Willgoss Choral Composition Prize

Applications close 31 January
The Willgoss Choral Composition Prize encourages and promotes the creation of an original work for unaccompanied choir. The Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $AUD3000 in addition to the opportunity to have his/her Score performed by the Burgundian Consort in its annual evening recital in September 2017.

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Nominations close 8 February
The Kennedy Centre Office of VSA and Accessibility is now accepting applications for the 2017 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. This program is open to musicians with disabilities ages 14-25. Soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock.


WAM, Song of the Year Prize

Applications close 9 February
One of Australia’s biggest songwriting competitions is now open for applications, with over 40K in prizes to be won.


Workshops, Seminars & Programs


Applications closing soon for these Workshops, Seminars & Programs:

Big Sky Girls – Songwriting Mentorship For Young Regional Women 

Applications close 20 January
An initiative of Brisbane music company Sugarrush Music, big Sky Girls will see ten young female songwriters from across Queensland matched with established artists through a free six-month mentorship program aimed at building talent and establishing music careers.

Dr John Feierabend’s First Steps in Music Accreditation Course

25 - 28 January, Melbourne
Renowned early childhood music education expert Dr John Feierabend brings his research-based pedagogical approach to Australia, with First Steps In Music, a music and movement curriculum for teachers of children from birth through the primary years. Be inspired, empowered and equipped to assist your students to become “tuneful, beautiful and artful” and help awaken the musical potential in every child.

Four Winds Roundtable: Sisters in Music                                               

25 January, Bermagui, NSW
A discussion around the challenges and opportunities for women in the music industry today. With Ginger Gorman and a panel of emerging and established female artists on Sister in Music.

Gold Coast Arts Leadership Exchange

Applications close 6 February
Applications are now being accepted for the Gold Coast Arts Leadership Exchange. The one day program is designed for arts leaders in various stages in their careers based in the Gold Coast region and will cater for emerging, mid-career and established leaders for both independents and leaders within organisations.



Conferences & Festivals


Conferences & Festivals just around the corner:

Ludo2017 6th Easter Conference on Video Game Music and Sound

Paper submissions close 31 January
Ludo2017 organisers of are accepting proposals for research presentations at the sixth annual Easter conference. All proposals on sound and music in games are welcomed, with particular interest in papers that support the theme of ‘Performance’,  in the broadest sense. The conference will be on 20 – 22 April at Bath Spa University, UK.


Showcase Victoria, Submissions Open

Applications close 8 February
Delivered by the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC) and Regional Arts Victoria with support from Creative Victoria, this annual event connects performing arts companies with regional and international presenters. 

Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF)

10 February – 5 March
The Festival promises to deliver, ‘art without borders, inviting you to travel to extraordinary places’. This year the program features more than 700 artists performing in 180 events, with themes of migration, reconciliation, accessibility, and empathy.





Applications closing soon for these Funding Opportunities:


The Jon Lemon Artist in Residence

Applications close 20 January
The Jon Lemon Artist in Residence is offered in recognition of one of the world’s leading and most experienced live-sound engineers. This Program aims to support South Australian song writers, producers and engineers to create new music through collaboration.

Stephen Cummins Residency

Applications close 6 February
The Stephen Cummins Residency provides the opportunity for an emerging artist or group to develop new performance in a supported context and to expand the conceptual underpinnings of their practice.

Creative Victoria, Music Works Grants

Applications close 15 February
The Music Works Grants program invests in the development and support of Victoria's contemporary music artists and music industries. It provides support for projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria's contemporary music sector, increase employment and build cultural capital.

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.





Applications closing soon for these Jobs & Auditions:



AMEB, Administration Coordinator

Applications close 20 January
AMEB are looking for a motivated Administration Coordinator to support their growing Australian music business. The role will see you oversee the day-to-day workflow and operations.

Bandmates Victoria Project Officer

Applications close 23 January
A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Project Officer to develop and deliver the Bandmates Victoria project.

Blue Guitar Project, Music Mentor

Applications close 31 January
The Blue Guitar Project helps keep youth off the streets and helps them pursue their creative dreams. They are looking for outgoing musicians for our school program to assist students with writing lyrics and music.

Liquid Architecture, General Manager

Applications close 1 February
This organisation is tailored for artists working with sound. Working closely with the Artistic Directors/CEO, this position will see you manage across Liquid Architecture’s expanded program, as well as financial management and reporting within a small team setting.

Opera Queensland – Artistic Director

Applications close 3 February
OperaQ is seeking a new Artistic Director who is an experienced practitioner with outstanding credentials and credibility in the opera community.



Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - Principal Viola

Applications close 20 January
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is recruiting a Principal Viola with auditions in February.

QSO, Section Principal Double Bass

Applications close 27 January
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is holding auditions for Section Principal Double Bass.





Our favourite upcoming events and performances from our community

The NOW Now Festival

19 - 22 January, Sydney
The 16th annual festival celebrating improvised, spontaneous and experimental music arrives in Sydney this week. Over four afternoons and evenings, musicians, dancers, sound artists, and other exploratory musicians will showcase their works. Get amongst the weird and wonderful sounds on offer.

Sugar Mountain – A Summit of Music & Art

21 January, Melbourne

Sugar Mountain is annual single-day festival in Melbourne showcasing the best in contemporary music, visual art and new media, focusing on the natural meeting points between different mediums.

Sydney Jazz Orchestra

23 January, Foundry 616, Sydney
The Sydney Jazz Orchestra is the embodiment of cool  with a trademark of precision and balance. The band moves   easily from delicate , to lyrical to powerful assertiveness – muscular even,  in its delivery of challenging and creative charts.

Lukautim Solwara (Look Out For The Ocean)

17 February, Melbourne 
Acclaimed Samoan/Aotearoa (New Zealand) artist Rosanna Raymond with Maori, Pasifika and Aboriginal collaborators in Lukautim Solwara (look out for the ocean) come together for a one-night-only event of performance, art and adornment.


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  • The Australian Government through the Dept of Education & Training
  • City of Sydney
  • Thomson Geer Lawyers
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