Welcome to the MCA eNews 23rd July 2014
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Get the stats!  Did you know that Australians buy 100,000,000 recordings a year?  Check out the music stats in this comprehensive statistical overview of the arts published by the Australia Council on their ArtFacts website. A great resource for information and advocacy.

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Chris Bowen

The Music Council of Australia eNews is divided into 6 sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.


OK, Who Actually is Buying Vinyl?

This is something we want to know – who enjoys this audiophile rush of pleasure?  Unsurprisingly, buyers are nostalgia buffs and indie music enthusiasts. In the US they bought four million vinyl records in the first half of 2014, part of a trend that has tripled vinyl sales in four years. While only a small slice, at less than 6%, it won’t solve the problem for physical sales which are down by almost 15% in the US this year. But we do love nostalgia! The Atlantic tells us more.

English National Opera Gets Funding Cut

The English National Opera (ENO) has had a 29% or £5M funding cut, and is the biggest loser in recent English Arts Council grant announcements. The reduction follows financial losses and difficulties in meeting box office targets. The Guardian asks why it is being punished for being innovative and imaginative. The company will receive transition funding of £7.6M to develop a new business model involving more commercial musicals. Be interesting to see how that meshes with their commitment to adventurous programming.

Placido Domingo Speaks Out for Copyright

The Spanish tenor, Chairman of international recording industry body IFPI, has passionately stated his belief that digital copyrights are as important as in physical works.  Speaking at an International IP Enforcement Summit Domingo said "There is a view - mistaken in my opinion - that in the digital world copyright matters less than in the physical world. It is emphatically not so.” The Summit sought improved enforcement, enhanced deterrents and international cooperation to deter IP infringement. More in this IFPI report.

Music in Conflict: 19 Iconic Images

UK music station Classic FM presents “Simply the most stunning, moving images of how music can change the world – this is the power of music. In the face of adversity and in the toughest of circumstances, music can lift the human spirit and bring people together like no other force on the planet.” View the images here.



700+ Labels Sign Fair Digital Deals Declaration

16 July saw the launch of the Fair Digital Deals Declaration, an initiative spearheaded by global music representative organisation the Worldwide Independent Network and signed by more than 700 record labels, including the likes of MGM, Mushroom Group, Sub Pop, XL and Epitaph. Signatories commit to five key points all concerned with the fair treatment of artists “in agreements relating to digital exploitation of artists’ work in recorded music agreements with third parties.”

All-Ages Gigs Return to Victoria

Due to modifications in the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 put into effect on 1 July, licensed premises in Victoria are now able to host all-ages live music events more easily than before. Previously, venues were forced to provide a minimum of 45 days’ notice and apply for permission. The changes are part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to decreasing red tape.

Deadly Founder Gavin Jones Passes Away

The Australian arts community has been devastated at the loss of Gavin Jones, who, at just 47, was found dead in his Goulburn home on Sunday, 13 July. He was responsible for establishing Deadly Sounds, the radio show that gave rise to the Deadly Awards, a celebration of indigenous excellence in music, entertainment, community service and sport. Their 20th annual incarnation, scheduled for 30 September, was cancelled as a result of funding cuts.


QSO announces Shlomo Mintz as Soloist-in-Residence


Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) has announced that its inaugural Soloist-in-Residence in 2015 will be Israeli violin Shlomo Mintz. It is the first time an Australian orchestra has created such a position. Mintz, who was mentored by Isaac Stern before studying under Dorothy DeLay in New York, will give mainstage and chamber concerts with the QSO, plus give workshops, masterclasses and talks. He performed most recently with the QSO in February this year. QSO’s Season 2015 will be unveiled in August.


Presenting New Music: How do I Get my Music Out There?

The New Music Network workshop for prospective entrepreneurs in new and experimental music is on 9 August in Sydney. Gain fresh perspectives on the business-side of new music. The workshop is designed for current students, recent graduates and emerging practitioners in the new music sector. Hear from: Andrew Batt-Rawden, John Davis, Claire Edwardes, Damien Ricketson, Louis Garrick, Cat Hope, Joanne Kee, Paul Mason and James Nightingale. Presented in association with the Australian Music Centre. Information and registration at the New Music Network website.


Linking up Young People’s Orchestral Futures

Playerlink is the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s distance educational program aimed at young school-age musicians in Years 5 - 12. Each year 13 SSO players and a conductor visit a regional NSW centre to teach and mentor kids on woodwind, brass, strings and percussion instruments. This year’s Playerlink runs from 1 - 3 August in Bathurst, hosted by the Mitchell Conservatorium and St Stanislaus College. Participant. Adam Sadler, a Year 12 violin student, pictured, is described by his teacher Victoria Roth as “exceptional” and bound for an orchestral career. Details here.

Taikoz’s US Debut and Educational Programs

Australia’s leading taiko ensemble, TaikOz made its debut in the USA in July, at the Inaugural World Taiko Gathering in Los Angeles. It participated in four days of concerts, workshops and community-building activities with taiko drummers from around the world. TaikOz’s focus on education continues back home in its three-day School Holiday Youth Program at Rosebery, NSW, from 29 September until 1 October. TaikOz also runs taiko classes for all ages and experience levels in Sydney and Brisbane – details here.

Crowdfunding Your Way to School Music

If Zach ‘Danger’ Brown of Ohio, USA can crowdfund $50,000 to make a potato salad, could you rally your local community to fund new instruments for the music room? The Song Room has successfully used crowdfunding to support a school music project in Alice Springs. Popular with independent artists (Amanda Palmer raised over $1 million!) crowdfunding offers an excellent platform for school fundraising. With realistic financial goals and a committed local community it really is possible! If you’re considering crowdfunding for your school or community group, get in touch for advice.


Darwin Festival’s Wedhus Gembel Offers Free Workshops

Wedhus Gembel, a cross-cultural collaboration between Snuff Puppets and Indonesian artists from Yogyakarta presented by Darwin Festival in conjunction with Darwin Community Arts, is offering a free two-day workshop to a limited number of participants. It will take place at Civic Park in the Darwin CBD on 9 and 10 August. Places are open to anyone, be they aspiring performers or hobbyists. Email registration is essential.

Music For Change Turns One

Music for Change, a not-for-profit established in July 2013 by Melbourne-based vocalist Sandra Bell, turns one this month. The organisation provides assistance to students aged under 18 who demonstrate musical talent but struggle with financial disadvantage. Last year, with the support of Musical Directions, a music scholarship was launched. 25 July, 2014 will see a fundraising Christmas in July luncheon.





Australia Council Fellowships

Australia Council Fellowships support outstanding, established artists' creative activity for a period of up to two years. Fellows will be at the top of their field, have national and/or international recognition a demonstrated track record of achievement and a significant body of work. Applications close 31 July. More information at the Australia Council website.

Telstra Road To Discovery Funding

Unsigned and independent musicians can take advantage of Telstra Road To Discovery. Across two categories, performer and songwriter, Telstra offers two artists a $15,000 music development fund and a trip to the United States to perform at the Americana Music Festival, plus ongoing performance and education opportunities. Apply and find out submission closing dates here.

Sync Leadership Training for Leaders with Disability

The Australia Council invites applications from Australian cultural leaders and influencers with disability to participate in an intensive leadership development residency 22 - 26 October 2014. The Sync Leadership residency will be presented by Jo Verrent, a UK based artist, producer and consultant with disability who specialises in the development of diversity and access, currently Senior Producer with Unlimited. Applications close 30 July, more information at the Australia Council website.

State and Regional

Grant McLennan Fellowship

Applications are now open for the Grant McLennan fellowship, offering $25,000 to a Queensland based contemporary songwriter or songwriting duo. Recipient/s will undertake a trip of up to 6 months to either London, Berlin or New York – cities that gave inspiration to the late Grant McLennan of iconic band The Go Betweens.  The Fellowship is a partnership between Arts Queensland,  APRA AMCOS and QMusic.  Applications close 22 August. For information and to apply visit the QMusic website.

The Regional Arts Fund, Queensland

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) in Queensland is an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable, community-based cultural development in regional, remote and isolated areas of Australia. Applications for the next funding round close 18 August. For more information visit the Artlink Queensland website.



ISEA2015 Call for Works

International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) is calling for submissions of a broad range of works that respond to the ISEA2015 theme of Disruption - site-specific work, interactive projects, online works, performances, screenings, installations, visual art, electronic literature, works that engage with public space, photography, media art, interdisciplinary projects, music and video. Submissions close 10 August. More information at the ISEA 2015 website.

2015 Midem "Pitch Your Song" Competition

This year again, French music market Midem is looking for original music to act as part of their sound and marketing strategy. If your track is chosen, it will be featured in Midem’s promotional video trailers throughout their year-long worldwide campaign.  Applications close 20 August. More information here.


Australia Council Don Banks Music Award

This award publicly honours a senior individual’s outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia. It was established in honour of Don Banks, Australian composer, performer and the first Chair of the Music Board. Nominations close on 31 July for this Award. For more information visit the Australia Council website.

Australia Rocks the Pier – Opening Act Competition

Applications are now open to be apply to be the opening act at Australia Rocks the Pier which is one of the flagship events of the G’Day USA program of events. Applications close 29 July. For more information and to enter the competition visit the G’Day USA website.


NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship 2014

As part of the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy, Arts NSW is calling for applications for the 2014 NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship valued at up to $30,000. The Fellowship is offered to a professional Aboriginal artist to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.  Applications close 11 August. For more information visit the Arts NSW website.

triple j Unearthed Showcase at BIGSOUND Applications

triple J Unearthed will present two showcases at music industry conference BIGSOUND Brisbane in September.  They are looking for two local acts to join the line-up. Selected groups will also receive BIGSOUND Live passes, plus two tickets to the BIGSOUND conference. If you're from South East Queensland and want the chance to open up BIGSOUND Live for triple j Unearthed make sure you upload your music before July 28. For more information click here.

Valley Fiesta Local Love Competition

Presented by Brisbane City Council and mX, the Valley Fiesta Local Love Competition provides a platform to new up-and-coming Brisbane bands and live performing artists to win an opportunity to play on the Main Stage at Brisbane's Biggest Street Party! Applications close 25 July. For more information click here.



Callout for AWME 2014 Conference Proposals

Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) is accepting proposals for the 2014 Conference Program.  The 2014 conference is taking place 11 – 13 November, with the deadline for submissions 31 July. For more information visit the AWME website.

Regional Arts Australia Summit

Registrations are now open for the Regional Arts Australia Summit taking place 16 - 19 October, in Kalgoorlie, WA. For more information and to register to attend visit the Summit website.


International Sistema Teachers’ Conference

Sistema Scotland is hosting an International Sistema Teachers' Conference on  27 – 30 October 2014, Stirling, Scotland.  For more information and to register click here.

Atelier BEIRUT 2015

The Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association (EFA), and the Beiteddine Art Festival are hosting an Atelier for Young Festival Managers, it will take place from 21 – 27 March 2015 in Beirut, Lebanon. The Atelier is an intensive seven day training programme bringing together different generations of festival makers, some 45 participants and ten renowned festival leaders. Applications for the program close 12 September. For more information click here.



USYD, Senior Lecturer in Opera Production and Vocal Studies

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music invites applications for the position of Senior Lecturer in Opera Production and Vocal Studies. The successful applicant will be involved in research and teaching in the areas of opera production and vocal studies and will come to the conservatorium with a distinguished career in the field of opera. Applications close 5 August. For more information visit the University of Sydney website.

DSO, Concertmaster and Teacher of Violin

The Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Centre for Youth and Community Music (CYCM), based at Charles Darwin University, is inviting expressions of interest from outstanding violinists for the position of Concertmaster with the DSO and Teacher of Violin/Director of the Darwin Youth Orchestra with the CYCM starting in January 2015. Applications close 5 August. For more information click here.

MSO, Associate Concertmaster - Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are sought from outstanding violinists for the position of Associate Concertmaster with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). Applications close 28 July. For more information visit the MSO website.

NMIT, Senior Lecturer, Bachelor of Music Industry

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer, Bachelor of Music Industry. Applications close 25 July. For more information click here.

Musica Viva, NSW Education Coordinator

Musica Viva is seeking a motivated Arts Administrator to join their successful education program as a NSW Education Coordinator. Applications close 3 August. For more information visit the Musica Viva website.

QSO, Community Engagement Officer

Queensland Symphony Orchestra(QSO) is seeking to appoint a Community Engagement Officer for a newly created position. Applications close 28 July. For more information visit the QSO website.

Arts West, Coordinator

The role of Arts West Coordinator is a new part-time position made possible through philanthropic & government funding sources. The coordinator will be required to perform a range of administrative, project coordination, research and liaison tasks designed to deliver the Arts West Strategy Framework for 2014/15. Applications close 28 July. For more information visit the Arts West website.

Riverside Theatre Parramatta, Program Manager

Riverside Theatre’s is seeking to appoint a Program Manager to develop, manage and deliver the annual program of performances, events, screenings, exhibitions and projects. Applications close 1 August. For more information click here.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Outbound Sales Person

Sydney Symphony Orchestra is seeking to appoint an Outbound Sales Person on a contract basis. Applications close 8 August for more information visit the Sydney Symphony Orchestra website.


Kent Music, Head of Teaching and Learning

Kent Music is seeking an experienced and motivated individual to take the lead on teaching and learning across Kent Music. Applications close 28 July. For more information click here.

Stanford Jazz Workshop, Development Director

Stanford Jazz Workshop is seeking to an senior Development Director. The position will be open until filled. For more information visit the Stanford Jazz Workshop website.
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